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!
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! 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! Not only is it great during the Summer months when you don’t want to turn on your oven, it is the perfect size for everyone in the family to have just 1 piece, AND it comes out incredibly moist too. Now added to our long list of Instant Pot recipes, it’s one of our favorite pressure cooker desserts. Here’s the recipe. (affiliate links present)
I first used my recipe for 6 cupcakes which makes just enough cake batter to fill a 6″ springform pan (what I use) to fit into my Instant Pot here. This is a handy recipe to keep around because then you can make other cakes in there just using different flavors. 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.
Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Here are a few items you will need to make this Instant Pot 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!
- 1 c yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/3 c water
- 5 maraschino cherries
- 6-8 pineapple tidbits
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 c water for inside of IP
- vanilla frosting melted - optional
- round baking pan to fit inside instant pot
- parchment paper rounds
Mix together cake mix, egg, oil, and water until smooth.
Lay round parchment liners inside round pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on liner. Lay halved cherries and pineapple tidbits down on top of sugar.
Pour cake batter on top.
Put small glass bowl or trivet at bottom of Instant Pot. Pour 1.5 c. water around it to create steam when it is closed.
Put round pan with cake mix ingredients on top of trivet.
Close IP and steam valve. Set to manual, pressure, high, for 15 minutes. When done do a slow steam release. Open, flip over carefully and serve. Can melt a bit of vanilla frosting and pour over top if desired.
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 the 5 of us. 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!
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