Make Cherry Dump Cake in your Instant Pot using only THREE ingredients! There is not a dessert in the world that is easier than this one. Throw everything into a single pan and let the pressure cooker work its magic.
It is not often that I rave about how easy a dessert is to make. Because I have made some seriously easy desserts in my life. I found a version of this recipe in an Instant Pot cookbook and I was skeptical. I mean, adding cake mix to a pan straight from a box? Really? I totally went into this recipe expecting it to be a fail and I was SHOCKED when it came out of the Instant Pot looking and tasting like perfection.
Instant Pot Cherry Dump Cake is my new official super easy, go-to recipe for gatherings when I don't have spare time but need to come up with something delicious. You guys! This easy dessert will change your dessert game. I love that you can use any variety of cake mix and any sort of canned fruit. Get creative!
HOW TO MAKE CHERRY DUMP CAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
Pour 1 1/2 cups water into the Instant Pot. Coat a round 6- or 7-inch cake pan with cooking spray.
Pour one can of cherry pie filling into the prepared pan and pour the dry cake mix over the top.
Place 6 pats of butter in a circle over top and cover with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Place the pan on a trivet and lower it down into the Instant Pot.
Place the cover on the pot and set the timer to 35 minutes on high pressure (use the pressure cook setting). It will take the Instant Pot around 8 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cook time is up, do a quick release and allow the float valve to drop.
Remove the cover and pull the trivet/pan out. Remove foil and place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake, if desired.
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THIS THE TASTIEST DUMP CAKE RECIPE YOU'LL EVER EAT!
Use a different variety of canned fruit filling! Try blueberries, strawberries, apples or peaches!
Experiment with the flavor of the cake by using chocolate, red velvet, lemon, white or funfetti.
If you're making this dessert to impress, go crazy with toppings! Ice cream, whipped cream, maraschino cherries, sprinkles or chocolate chips!
WHAT IS A DUMP CAKE?
A dump cake is similar to a crisp or a cobbler in texture and taste, but it is made by "dumping" all ingredients into a single baking dish or pan and cooking it as-is.
SALTED BUTTER VS UNSALTED BUTTER
Ahh, the great baking debate. Many bakers use unsalted butter in their baked goods in order to avoid over-salting. I, however, believe that there is no such thing as “over-salting.” I always use salted butter in my baked goods (and for everything else under the sun) because it gives everything I make an extra touch of salty deliciousness. If you go the unsalted route, keep in mind that you may need to add a bit extra salt to the recipe!
WHAT TO SERVE AT A PARTY
I LOVE party food, so you have come to the right place if you are looking for recipes to make for your next gathering. Here are some other options for you that will be easy, delicious and crowd-pleasing!
Fruit Pizza - The classic, crowd-pleasing Fruit Pizza has a cookie dough crust, dreamy cream cheese frosting and a colorful top layer of fruit and a tasty glaze. Great appetizer/dessert for parties of any kind, any time of the year!
Taco Ranch Pasta Salad - This delicious pasta salad gets totally devoured at gatherings, no matter the season.
Sausage Cheese Dip - Sausage Cheese Dip is easy to make (let your crockpot do the work for you!), cheesy, flavorful and totally irresistible! Serve as an appetizer at your next party and it won’t last long. Only 6 ingredients required for this delicious party food!
7-Layer Taco Dip - This is the best 7-Layer Taco Dip you'll ever meet! It's the perfect appetizer and party food and it is always the first thing to get devoured.
Crockpot Meatballs - These require only a few ingredients with only a few minutes of prep. They are SO EASY to make, totally packed with delicious flavor and great for game-day parties or holidays. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Spinach Artichoke Dip - This hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is a party staple! People always get excited about this dip and its so easy to make! It’s a filling, cheesy snack or appetizer that you can put on pita squares, crackers or chips. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
OTHER INSTANT POT DESSERT RECIPES
Here are a few of my other favorite Instant Pot DESSERTS!
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes: