Instant Pot Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

6 people
30 min

Instant Pot is for a LOT more than just getting dinner on the table FAST! It makes moist cakes and delicious desserts, like this Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake! After you are done, be sure to top your sweet, gooey, delicious dump cake with your favorite vanilla ice cream or light homemade coconut cream. Garnish with a sprinkle of toasted coconut and a beautiful maraschino cherry (with stem for added appeal!)

Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

Your Instant Pot is for a LOT more than just getting dinner on the table FAST! But it is also an excellent way to make moist cakes and delicious desserts, like this Instant Pot Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake! Can you get any easier than this? Just dump, stir, dump, stir, pour, and GO! It’s really that easy and with the Instant Pot you can’t mess up this Instant Pot dessert.

I love simple recipes like this because I don’t always have time to make everything from scratch. My Instant Pot Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake is a box cake up-do that will become one of your best-kept family secrets! Everyone will be asking for your recipe, but don’t do it! Keep them guessing so you can surprise them with how quick, easy, and foolproof it is later!

Is This Like A Pineapple Upside Down Cake?

This cake is similar to that of an upside-down cake, but not exactly the same. Upside-down cake is more of a flipped cake whereas a dump cake is basically dumping all your ingredients into the pot and cooking.

Tips For A Delicious Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake:

Here are a great set of tips that I love to follow when making any kind of instant pot dump cake recipe:

  • I like to tilt the plate around every few minutes to allow the cake to absorb the juices and make sure to get all the sugary sweetness infused into the cake.
  • For this recipe, I like to use my 6-quart Instant Pot Duo.
  • To add extra spice or flavor to a dump cake, I like to add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 of nutmeg.
  • For anyone who prefers to not have cherries in this recipe, that’s okay! This recipe can be made without them.
  • If you find that you don’t have slices of pineapple, chunks will work just as well.
  • I like to buy two boxes of cake mix so I can make two batches with each can of cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple I have. You’ll only need a half can of each for one dump cake! You can also bake them both at the same time with this Stackable Stainless Steel Steamer Insert Pans with Sling!
Can You Make A Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake In An Instant Pot?

This recipe is made in an instant pot! Instant pots are very useful for many recipes and are my favorite appliance to cook with because it gets done faster with the same results as baking in the oven.

Can You Make A Dump Cake With A Pressure Cooker?

Yes! Just like the instant pot, there are dump cakes that can be made in a pressure cooker as well as other desserts.

How To Make A Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake In A Crock Pot?

Although Instant Pots will cook your dump cake a lot faster, you can cook the recipe in a Crock-Pot. You will need to adjust the times, but the steps are the same on how to prepare the recipe.

What Can I Use If I Don’t Have Butter Cake Mix?

If you don’t have butter cake mix, you can whip it up at home with a few simple steps. You can use my Classic White Cake Mix to start. Once you have prepared your white cake mix, you can follow the instructions below to make butter cake mix.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • White cake mix
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 stick of butter melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

How To Make Butter Cake Mix

Place all of the ingredients into a standing mixer and combine on medium for 1 min.

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What Sized Cake Pan Fits An Instant Pot?

I have found that a 7 or 8-inch pan works the best for this recipe. Although, this will depend on the type of instant pot you have.

How Long Is Dump Cake Good For?

The length of time that this recipe is good for depends on how it is stored. You can read below to find the best storage methods for this dump cake.

How To Store Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake?

You will need to place the dump cake into an airtight container for the best method of storage.

Do I Need To Keep This Dump Cake In The Fridge?

Whenever you make a cake that has fruit in it, you want to store it in the refrigerator. The fruit in the cake will spoil and this will cause the cake to go bad. When stored in the fridge, your dump cake can last for 5-7 days.

Can Pineapple Cherry Dumpcake Be Frozen?

Yes! This recipe can be stored in the freezer. You will need to make sure that it is properly stored and if so, can be stored for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Key Ingredients You’ll Need

Butter Cake Mix

Cherry Pie Filling



Toasted Coconut

Vanilla Ice Cream/Whipped Cream

Maraschino Cherries

How To Make Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

Step 1. Combine the filling, and pineapples in a large bowl.

Step 2. Combine the cake mix and butter into a medium bowl using a fork.

Step 3. Add the fruit to a greased baking dish. Put the cake mixture on top and cover with foil or a lid.

Step 4. Place 2 cups of water into the Instant pot and put the baking dish on the trivet. Seal the lid by closing the steam valve.

Step 5. Place on manual and cook for 25 minutes on high pressure. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Allow it to cool and firm for about 5-10 minutes.

Step 6. Top with ice cream or whipped cream, toasted coconut, or cherries.

Want More Instant Pot Recipes?

  • 45 Chicken Recipe
  • Breakfast Recipes
  • Caramelized Banana Walnut French Toast
  • Thai Chicken Rice Bowl
  • Stuffed Pepper Soup
  • Rice Pudding
  • Chicken Marsala

Looking for other dessert ideas? These are not Instant Pot desserts but they are no-bake goodness. Try Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip Creamsicle Fluff Fruit Dip Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Instant Pot Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake
Recipe details
  • 6  people
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 Box Butter Cake Mix
  • 1/2 Can Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1/2 Can Crushed Pineapple
  • 3 Tbsp Butter melted
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Toasted
  • Vanilla Ice cream or whipped Cream optional
  • Cherries Maraschino optional

In a large bowl combine your cherry pie filling, pineapples and stir to combine.
In a medium bowl, combine your cake mix and melted butter. Stir with a fork until combined.
Pour your fruit mixture into the bottom of your greased baking dish.
Top with cake mix/butter mixture. Cover with foil/close pan lid.
Pour 2 cups of water into your Instant Pot and lower your cake mix filled dish on to a trivet. Put lid on, close steam valve.
Set your Instant Pot to: manual, high pressure, for 25 minutes.
Do a natural release.
Let stand for 5-10 minutes so it can firm up.
Serve topped with ice cream/whipped cream, toasted coconut, and cherries.
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