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Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake is a cherry cobbler made in the pressure cooker with cake mix and cherry pie filling. You’ll love this easy dessert recipe!

instant pot cherry dump cake with vanilla ice cream

Can she make a cherry pie? Of course she can! But I cannot tell a lie — This Instant Pot cherry dump cake is way easier!

I’m having one heck of a good time with Instant Pot recipes lately, especially Instant Pot dessert recipes! After I made a deliciously easy Instant Pot peach dump cake last week, someone asked if you could make a cherry dump cake using  cherry pie filling.  So, of course, I had to try that one out!

And you guys, not only did the cherry dump cake recipe work, my family actually liked it better than the peach dump cake! Seriously, I can’t believe how fast this cake disappeared —  both times!

I can’t wait to make even more Instant Pot cake recipes!

How to Make Instant Pot cherry dump cake

What’s a dump cake?

If you’re not familiar with a dump cake, it’s basically an easy cobbler. You dump the fruit filling into a pan, and dump, or sprinkle, cake mix on top.  Traditionally, you bake the dump cakes in the oven, but you can make them in the slow cooker and the pressure cooker, as well!

Just grease the cake pan lightly with a little cooking spray, and dump in your cherry pie filling. I used a generic brand, but you can use your favorite brand or make your own.

cherry pie filling instant pot dump cake

Since we’re using a smaller pan for this Instant Pot cake recipe, you only want to use half of the cake mix. You can save the other half for next time!

Top the cake mix with slices of butter, then place the pan in the Instant Pot, cover lightly with foil, and pressure cook it!

instant pot cherry dump cake with cake mix and butter

I like to broil the dump cakes in the oven for about 5 minutes or so after pressure cooking. It makes the topping even better, but it’s an optional step.

For a little extra sparkle and flavor, I sprinkled a little sugar on the top before broiling. So good!

instant pot cherry dump cake with ice cream on plate

A generous scoop of ice cream is also optional but definitely recommended.

Instant Pot cherry dump cake on fork

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Recipe for Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake

5 from 8 votes

Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake

By: Dee
Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake is an easy cherry cobbler dessert made in the pressure cooker with cake mix and cherry pie filling. You'll love this easy Instant Pot dessert recipe!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 7


  • 2 21-ounce cans cherry pie filling
  • ½ box yellow cake mix
  • 4 tablespoons butter, sliced into pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • granulated sugar (optional)
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  • Spray a round oven-safe baking dish with cooking spray, and add both cans of cherry pie filling
  • Sprinkle cake mix evenly over top of pie filling, then top with butter
  • Pour water into inner Instant Pot, and add trivet
  • Place baking dish on trivet, top with aluminum foil, cover with lid, turn vent to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 25 minutes 
  • Allow a 5 minute natural release, then turn valve and do quick release until pin drops.
  • Remove lid, and carefully lift trivet out of pot, using oven mitts. Sprinkle some granulated sugar over the top of the cake, if desired
  • Place cake in oven and broil for 5 minutes or until top is golden and slightly crisp
  • Allow to cool slightly, then serve and enjoy! 


Recipe was made in 6 quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. If using 8 quart, add 2 cups of water to bottom of pot.


Calories: 360kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Greg says:

    Super easy, but decadent and delicious! I followed the recipe but used a dark chocolate cake mix. At 25 minutes cook time plus 10 minutes natural release it was still a tad under cooked, will try extending the release time to 15 minutes next time. Thank you very much for this recipe, it’s the first dessert I have made in my Instant Pot and what a delicious first!5 stars

    1. Rhonda Sneed says:

      In the instant pot slow cooker this can be made right in the pot and how long to bake it for

    2. Dee says:

      Not sure about the Instant Pot slow cooker, but it takes about 2 hours in a regular slow cooker.

  2. Deb says:

    I have a 6 and 8 at instant pot plus foodi
    I have a set of springform pans. Can I use the next size up from the 7inch? The 7 inch just doesnt seem to be enough for just my husband and i.He is a huge sweet eater and end we had this and loved it. Will it make it to then if I use a little bit bigger pan. Also could I use the whole cake mix instead of half since the pan is a little bigger. Would baking time be the same? Thanks

    1. Dee says:

      You can use the whole cake mix if you’re using a larger pan and you have room in your Instant Pot. Add more butter to the top. The baking time should be the same. Hope this helps. 🙂

  3. Angel says:

    Have you updated the recipe for the new air fryer lid?

    1. Dee says:

      I haven’t yet, but I’m planning to make it this weekend. 🙂

  4. Judy says:

    Loved this recipe. I did have to make some changes due to lack of ingredients. I only had one can of cherries so I substituted 1/2 can pineapple tidbits and 1/2C of walnuts. I also used a jiffy cake mix. Also added sugar on top and placed under broiler. Yumm! Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

  5. Judu says:

    Recipe came out great. I only had 1 can cherry pie filling so I added 1/2 can pineapple tidbits and about 1/2 C walnuts and used a Jiffy yellow cake mix. Also added turbinado sugar at the end and placed under broiler.
    Yummm!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so glad you liked the cake, Judy! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Donna says:

    Update: I made it tonight in my mini , 1 1/2 c cherries, 1c cake mix, cut up 3Tbls butter to cover completely. Covered with aluminum foil. Pressure Cooker settings 25 min. Allow to release. I then put it under the broiler till browned. It was soooooo good

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you found a recipe to fit your mini! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. Donna says:

    What about us “mini” pot people. I cook for one so it’s perfect for me, but all the recipes mention 6 or 8 qt. Now that the mini’s are becoming so popular how about showing ingredients for us. I can only use a 6” cake pan, so do I use 1 can of cherries and 1/4 of the cake mix? 2 cans of cherries would fill the whole pan. If I use one can of cherries and 1/2 of the cake mix I would have a lot of cake vs small amount of cherries. So, should I just forget about making this? 🤔

    1. Dee says:

      I’ve been thinking about getting a mini for sides, so I’ll have to try this out when I do. Basically, you’re making a cobbler, so I would add the filling to your pan — 1 can if that will fit. Then, you just add enough cake mix to cover the cherry filling. I’m not sure about the cook time for the mini, though. If you’re on Facebook, there is a group for mini owners to share recipes and ask questions. Hope this helps a little. 🙂

    2. Donna says:

      I searched and found an answer. 1 1/2 cup of pie filling, 1cup of cake mix, butter for top,bake 25 min,let pressure release for 10 min. I’ll see if this works, wish me luck🤞

  8. Bonnie Laliberte says:

    this turned out so good. going to substitute apple filling next time.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I want to try that someday! Glad you liked it! 🙂