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Apple Spice Instant Pot Dump Cake

This delicious apple spice dump cake is one of the easiest Instant Pot desserts you can possibly make. With just three ingredients, this Instant Pot dump cake will be ready in under an hour from start to finish.

apple dump cake topped with ice icream

Happy fall, friends!

It’s still hotter than Hades here in North Carolina, so we aren’t quite ready to put away the flip flops and bring out the sweaters.

But, that doesn’t mean I’m not ready for fall food. I’ve spent the past couple weeks trying to find a good breakfast pumpkin bar, but so far I haven’t found what I’m looking for.

In the meantime I ended up making about a half a dozen of these dump cakes, trying different combinations and such, and I’m totally in love with this apple spice cake.

If you love Instant Pot dump recipes, be sure to check out these 25 Instant Pot dump dinner recipes.

Apple Spice Instant Pot Dump Cake

apple dump cake with ice cream topping

I found so many Instant Pot dump cake recipes when I was searching for Instant Pot desserts, and the basic steps of the dump cakes are pretty similar – add your can of fruit pie filling, top it with a cake mix, then cover with butter.

It really doesn’t get any easier.

Here’s what I used:

  • 21oz can apple fruit filling (see notes below for more about the apples)
  • Spice cake mix (only 1/2 of mix is used)
  • 4tbs butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 qt Instant Pot DUO
  • 1.5 qt round baking dish
  • aluminum foil

This recipe uses the pot-in-pot method.

  1. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot pan.
  2. Place your trivet (that came with your Instant Pot) into the bottom of the pan with handles up.
  3. Spray non-stick spray or grease the baking dish
  4. Add can of apples to baking dish
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 package of cake mix evenly on top of apples
  6. Cut butter into thin slices and cover entire top of cake mix (cover as much as possible)
how to make an instant pot dump cake with just 3 ingredients.

7. Recommended – loosely place a square of aluminum foil on top of the baking dish (this is to help keep water from dripping onto the cake as it cooks).

instant pot dump cake

8. Make sure your IP pressure valve is set to “seal”, and pressure cook for 25 minutes.

9. Allow to naturally release for about 5 minutes, then do a quick release.

Scoop out your apple spice dump cake and enjoy!

The cake is best when it’s warm, but you can reheat it in the microwave if you don’t eat it all right away.

Also, it’s good on its own, but this Instant Pot dessert goes to a whole new level when you add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top.

Easy apple spice dump cake, Instant Pot recipe. This is the easiest Instant Pot dessert I've found, and it's delicous with a scoop of ice cream. The apple spice is perfect for Fall! #falldessert #instantpotdessert #instantpotdumpcake #dumpcakerecipe #appledessert #applerecipe #appledumpcake #easyinstantpotrecipe #pressurecookerdessert

Instant Pot Dump Cake Notes and Variations

  • The cake mix has a lot of sugar already, so choose a can of apples with as little added sugar as possible
  • You can use fresh apples instead of canned apples
    • peel, core, and slice 6-8 apples
    • top with 2-3 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar
    • microwave for about 2 minutes, or until apples are soft
  • For less spice, use a butter cake mix instead of a spice cake mix
  • We used salted butter because it’s what we had on hand. I didn’t notice, but I ate mine with ice cream. However, my husband ate his without ice cream and mentioned it was a little on the salty side. If you’re sensitive to salt, you might want to go with an unsalted butter.

Any other questions or ideas? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday 14th of December 2018

Do you pressure cook on normal or high?


Saturday 15th of December 2018

Hi Danielle!

The model I use doesn't have a high or low setting, but I believe it would be the equivalent of the high pressure cook setting on other cookers. Thanks!


Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Not sure what happened to mine but it came out with puddles of butter on top and dry cake mix under it


Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Oh, no! That sounds terrible. :( The butter is supposed to seep into the cake mix beneath it as it melts, so I'm not sure why your butter puddled at the top. Occasionally there are some dry spots in the cake mix, which is why it's so important to get the butter spread out enough to cover the entire top. I'm sorry the recipe didn't work out for you!

Rona Defrank

Saturday 24th of November 2018

Hello, This is a fantastic quick recipe, thank you for sharing it with us. I am a food lover and I love making bread and butter pudding.


Monday 1st of October 2018

why only half of cake mix


Monday 1st of October 2018

Thank you I have an 8 quart I will give it a try


Monday 1st of October 2018

Hi Sherry! I've seen others use a full box along with 2 cans of fruit, but my baking dish is only about 4 or 5 inches tall and I didn't want to risk it being too full. If you have a bigger Instant Pot that can handle a bigger dish, then you might want to go ahead and try doubling the recipe. Thanks! Chrissy

Jen @The Frozen Mind

Monday 1st of October 2018

This looks delicious! Move over Pumpkin Spice it is time for Apple Season! LOL

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