While I’ve had great success with whipping up delicious cheesecake and creme brûlée in my Instant Pot, I haven’t tried many other pressure cooker desserts. But after coming across a 3-ingredient Instant Pot recipe for Apple Dump Cake, I was certainly intrigued enough to give it the ol’ college try!
And while the resulting dessert was more like a fruit crumble or cobbler than a cake, there’s no denying how delicious it was! This recipe couldn’t be quicker or easier to put together, and would make a terrific dessert option any day of the week!
Three Ingredients, Infinite Possibilities
The recipe calls for just three ingredients: pie filling, cake mix, and butter. The butter and the moisture from the pie filling seep into the cake mix while it cooks, creating gooey pockets of cake in some places and a crumbly streusel-like topping in others. It’s an astonishing transformation, and I fully attribute it to the mysterious magic of the Instant Pot!
And while the original version of the recipe calls for apple pie filling, you can easily switch it up by using cherry, peach, blueberry, or whatever you like best. This recipe is extremely forgiving, so feel free to try out any substitutions or adjustments that sound good to you!
How To Make Instant Pot Apple Dump Cake
2 (20-ounce) cans apple pie filling
1 (16.5-ounce) box yellow cake mix
4 Tbsp cold butter
- Instant Pot
- Pressure cooker safe bowl or container
Pour the apple pie filling into a container that can withstand high heat and pressure. I used a Pyrex bowl here, but you could use a cake pan, steamer pan, or whatever you have on hand.
Sprinkle the cake mix over the top of the pie filling in an even layer. Next, cut the butter into several pats and arrange them on top of the cake mix.
Prepare your Instant Pot by pouring about 1 cup of water into the bottom of the inner pot. Place the assembled dump cake onto a sling and lower it onto a trivet. (I used this handy silicone sling that’s both a sling and a trivet in one!)
Secure the lid on your Instant Pot, then press “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” and set the timer for 25 minutes. When the timer goes off, hit “Cancel” and use Quick Release to depressurize.
Use the sling to carefully lift the dish out of the pot, then dish up your dessert and serve! (Preferably topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.) ;-)
Have you made any memorable desserts in your Instant Pot?
Instant Pot Apple Dump Cake
- Pressure cooker
- 2 cans apple pie filling
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 4 tbsp butter cold
- Pour the apple pie filling into a pressure cooker safe bowl or container.
- Sprinkle the cake mix over the top of the pie filling in an even layer.
- Cut the butter into several pats and arrange them on top of the cake mix.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the inner pot.
- Place the assembled dump cake onto a sling and lower it onto a trivet in the pot.
- Secure the lid, press “Manual” or “Pressure Cook,” and set the timer for 25 minutes.
- After cooking, hit “Cancel” and use Quick Release to depressurize.
- Carefully lift the dish out of the pot and serve.