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!
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.
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!
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!
A generous scoop of ice cream is also optional but definitely recommended.
Looking for more dump cake recipes?
Recipe for Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake
Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake
- 2 21-ounce cans cherry pie filling
- ½ box yellow cake mix
- 4 tablespoons butter, sliced into pieces
- 1 cup water
- granulated sugar (optional)
- 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!
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
This easy Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake is our new favorite dessert recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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!
Rhonda Sneed says
In the instant pot slow cooker this can be made right in the pot and how long to bake it for
Not sure about the Instant Pot slow cooker, but it takes about 2 hours in a regular slow cooker.
I have a 6 and 8 at instant pot plus a.ninja 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
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. 🙂
Have you updated the recipe for the new air fryer lid?
I haven't yet, but I'm planning to make it this weekend. 🙂
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!
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.
I'm so glad you liked the cake, Judy! Thanks for sharing!
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
So glad you found a recipe to fit your mini! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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? 🤔
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. 🙂
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🤞
Bonnie Laliberte says
this turned out so good. going to substitute apple filling next time.
I want to try that someday! Glad you liked it! 🙂
What size bowl is needed for this?
I used a 6 1/2-inch pan, but you can use up to a 7 inch for a 6 quart and 8 inches for an 8 quart.
I’m not sure what I did wrong but mine still had powdered cake mix when it was finished? I used the correct amount of butter and spread it around as it called for. The spots that were done were really good.
Oh no. I've never had this happen. Did you use just half the box of cake mix?
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How many ounzes in the can of cherry pie filling?
I used two 21-ounce cans of pie filling.
That looks so yummy and so easy!
I love a good dump cake! I have to try this!
I love how easy this looks! Plus not having to heat up the house with the oven is a bonus!
Definitely! It's perfect for a quick summer dessert!
Delaney | Melanie Makes says
This is a great recipe!
I Heart Naptime says
YUM!! Looks so easy!
It's super easy. We love it!
This is making my mouth water, I cannot wait to try this!
Thanks, Amanda! It's now one of our favorites!