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Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Easy Instant Pot pineapple upside down cake that turns out so moist! Easy pressure cooker dessert recipe that’s fun to make with the kids too! If you want to bake Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Yellow Cake Mix smaller and without your oven this is it!


This easy cake mix Instant Pot pineapple upside down cake is now added to our long list of Instant Pot recipes, it’s now one of our favorite pressure cooker desserts. Here’s the recipe.  (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Yes we are one of many who are obsessed with our new pressure cooker device called the Instant Pot! We use it almost daily because a normal meal that might take 6-8 hours in our crockpot will be done in an hour or less and tastes SO good!  You can make this in a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi too.

Not only is it great during the Summer months when you don’t want to turn on your oven, and still want to make a version of our pineapple angel food cake, it is the perfect size for everyone in the family to have just 1 piece. AND it comes out incredibly moist too.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Pressure Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Cake Mix

Yes you could start from scratch by why? You really won’t notice the difference, promise you that. When we starting cooking in this pot of course we began with dinners, and then transitioned to making desserts like our peanut butter filled pressure cooker brownies and this Instant Pot pineapple upside down cake!

I first used my recipe for 6 cupcakes which makes just enough cake batter to fill a 6″ springform pan halfway. I share this version at the very bottom, but updated it using twice this amount and used my Instant Pot bundt pan which I love!

Instant Pot pineapple upside down cake in a bundt pan

If you want it smaller version than one baked in the oven this is key. You will use a mini so cute version of a tube pan to bake on a trivet. And this one is by far the best, I use it all the time to cook all the sweets in this multi cooker.

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake

How do you bake a cake without an oven?

You’re looking at it here!! Essentially it is steamed so the texture is not quite as fluffy, a bit more dense, but that just lends to how moist each bite becomes. This is a handy recipe to keep around because then you can make other cakes in there just using different flavors too.

Want a chocolate cake, just use it with chocolate cake mix (maybe add some chocolate chips inside) and the same method below to cook your cake in the Instant Pot will work just great. We did just that with our Instant Pot chocolate pudding cake and it was delicious.

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake Ingredients

  1. Instant Pot 7″ bundt pan
  2. Trivet – I like this one with handles
  3. Can of pineapple tidbits – you will use the juice too
  4. Maraschino cherries
  5. Yellow cake mix – if you use pineapple cake mix it’s even better
  6. Eggs

I use vegetable oil when baking almost always.

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Can you bake in a pressure cooker?

Yes!! Dessert is done in a fraction of the time this way. I like it too because it keeps my oven free if I’m using that to cook dinner. AND I don’t have to heat up my house during the summertime because there is no way I am turning that baby on when it is 100 degrees outside. I can make desserts that are the perfect size for the 5 of us like this!

How do you bake an Instant Pot bundt cake?

You will need a trivet and a pan small enough to fit inside. I have a link to the one we used below in the recipe card to help you out. You don’t want it to sit in the water so you set it a bit above and the very hot air will cook it perfectly. Tips to make it a success are:

  1. Use the pineapple juice out of the can instead of water
  2. Make sure the foil on top of your pan is tight so no water can get in
  3. Allow the pot to naturally release most of the steam after it is done
  4. Use a pan that is nonstick (and the nonstick actually works, hasn’t washed off over the years)

Let the cake cool quite a bit before attempting to flip it over! For Cake frosting just melt 1 cup of vanilla frosting in a tub OR Whisk together 1 c. of powdered sugar + a few tbsp. of water until it reaches the consistency you want

pressure cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Why is baking a pineapple upside down cake the most difficult cake to make?

Once you get the hang of tips and tricks to make one of these you won’t stress anymore. First you need to make sure to spray the inside of the pan with non stick spray, using. springform pan is even better with parchment paper liner. Once it is cool allow it to sit in the pan for 15 minutes at least to cool and solidify before placing a plate on top and gently flipping it over to fall out.

What desserts can you make in a pressure cooker?

Here are a few other Instant Pot dessert recipes you might like after you make this easy upside down cake.

If you’d like to make a similar cake in your oven try our upside down cherry pie is killer.

If you’d like to make a smaller version of this cake in a round pan, the directions for that are below this recipe card for the bundt cake version.

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We have an alternative version below this printable recipe card too using a springform pan.

Instant Pot Cake with Cake Mix

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4.75 from 4 votes

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Easy Instant Pot pineapple upside down cake recipe that turns out so moist! Easy pressure cooker dessert recipe that’s fun to make with the kids too!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, instant pot, pineapple, pressure cooker, upside down cake
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 450kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Mix together cake mix, egg, oil, and pineapple juice until smooth. Spray inside of 7" bundt pan with non stick spray.
  • Lay halved or whole cherries and pineapple tidbits down in a pattern on the bottom of your bundt pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of that.
  •  Pour cake batter on top. Cover with foil.
  • Put trivet at bottom of Instant Pot. Pour 1.5 c. water around it to create steam when it is closed. 
  • Put pan with cake mix ingredients on top of trivet. 
  • Close IP and steam valve. Set to pressure, high, for 25 minutes. When done do a natural release for 10 min. Then release rest of steam.
  • Open foil and allow to cool until sides pull away from pan. 
  • Flip pan over carefully and serve. Can melt a bit of vanilla frosting and pour over top if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 595mg26%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Instant Pot cake

Using boxed cake mix and a springform pan:

  1. Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  2. Wilton 6 x 2 3/4 round pan
  3. Small glass cup or trivet
  4. Aluminum foil
  5. 6 Pineapple tidbits
  6. 6 Maraschino cherries
  7. 1 c. Yellow cake mix
  8. 1 egg
  9. 3 tbsp oil
  10. 1/3 c. pineapple juice – use the juice from the canned pineapple
  11. 1/4 cup brown sugar
pressure cooker pineapple upside down cake


  • Put cherries and pineapple into the bottom of your pan
  • Sprinkle brown sugar on top of that
  • Mix together cake mix, egg, oil, and pineapple juice
  • Pour cake mixture on top
  • Cover top with foil
  • Make sling out of foil and put under pan
  • Put trivet in bottom of Instant Pot
  • Pour 1 1/2 cup water into bottom of pot
  • Lower cake pan on to trivet
  • Close lid and steam valve
  • Set to high pressure cook for 15 minutes cooking time
  • Allow to naturally release for 5 minutes
  • Release steam
  • Lift pan out
  • Take foil off
  • Allow to cool
instant pot pineapple upside down cake

Of course you could make your own homemade frosting to top this pineapple cake but I like easy and melting vanilla frosting right out of the tub did the trick.

Plain is tasty too right out of the pot, or with a bit of vanilla ice cream on top….yum!

This size is perfect just for a bit of dessert for 3-4 people. A little slice of sweet is really all we need and if I pop it in when we are sitting down to eat dinner it is ready right when we are done!

4.75 from 4 votes (1 rating without comment)
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Thursday 8th of December 2022

I didn't realize how easy it is to make a cake in the Instant Pot. This pineapple upside down cake came out perfectly moist and delicious.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 8th of December 2022

Game changer


Thursday 8th of December 2022

This was always my favorite cake growing up! I love the convenience of being able to make it in my Instant Pot now. So good!


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Just made this and it’s great.

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