Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

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Serve up this Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake recipe for your next summer cookout or weeknight dessert. A tangy and sweet lemon cream cheese filling that is topped with light and tender cake. Just dump and bake right in your Instant Pot. This dump cake is hands down my favorite. 

 To say that I have been having a mini obsession with my instant pot would be an understatement.  I am absolutely loving my instant pot and love seeing what new things I can create in it. Since the instant pot is a newer sensation there are still limited recipes available.  Some things have just not been tested yet in the instant pot. This Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake is the first recipe of its type in the instant pot and I could not be more excited.  

Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

One of my most popular recipes is my Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake.  I have been actively updating and working on my recipes a lot lately.  So my Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake is very much in my mind. It was pretty automatic that I decided to try my Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake recipe in my instant pot and to be completely honest, I was not sure what to expect the results to be. It was either going to be a huge fail or a success.  This recipe was a HUGE success.  

It was as if dump cakes were made to be cooked in an instant pot.  It was pure perfection. Absolute dump cake magic made in heaven (because don’t we all feel that our instant pots were created in heaven?!). 

Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

What Is The Key To Success To Dump Cakes

The key to a perfect dump cake is making sure you have completely covered your cake batter with butter in your final layer.  The butter will melt down and help to transform the powder cake mix into a light and fluffy cake. This is how beautiful your dump cake will look once you take it out of your pot.  

Can You Use Homemade Lemon Curd for Filling 

Yes! I use my homemade lemon curd and I find it offers a more vibrant and bold flavor to the dump cake. If you don’t have the time or want to make homemade lemon curd than just buy a store-brand lemon pie filling. Both work great, we just prefer the taste of homemade. 

Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

What Cake Mix Did You Use for Lemon Dump Cake 

I reached for a yellow cake mix. You could easily use white if you prefer. It is mostly about what you prefer flavor wise to your cake mix. They will all work great. 

Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump CakeWant A More Intense Flavor Of Lemon 

If you want more lemon reach for a lemon cake mix, it will really amplify the lemon flavor next to the lemon curd. This is only good if you really want a bold lemon. If you prefer more mellow, stick to a white or yellow cake mix. 

How To Top Your Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake 

Add a dusting of powdered sugar, lemon zest, or even a dollop of whipped topping or ice cream. There is no wrong way to dress up your lemon cream cheese dump cake in my books. I generally reach for a spoonful of ice cream, it helps offer a pretty presentation and is tasty next to the warm and gooey cake. 

How To Store Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake 

This cake needs to be stored in the fridge once it has cooled off from being cooked. The cream cheese and lemon filling will go bad if they sit out on the counter. You can store in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Use your best judgment on when the cake has gone bad.

Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

This is how beautiful your dump cake will look once you take it out of your pot.  

Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake
Yield: 8 8

Instant Pot Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The most amazingly popular and delicious Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake cooked in your instant pot.  It is pure lemon perfection!



  1. Spray a glass bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread lemon pie filling in the bottom.
  3. Top with half of the cake mix.
  4. Dot with cream cheese and cover with the remaining cake mix. (I only used about 3/4 of my cake mix for the size of my bowl.)
  5. Top with butter in a single layer, trying to cover all areas of cake mix leaving none exposed.
  6. Place your trivet in your instant pot with one cup of water.
  7. Place your bowl on the trivet.
  8. Place your pot on MANUAL HIGH PRESSURE for 35 minutes.
  9. Do a quick release.
  10. Your toothpick inserted should come out clean.
  11. Serve as is in your glass bowl. Scoop out ith a big spoon. Serve it warm or cold. With ice cream or without.  

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Saturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 617mgCarbohydrates: 53gSugar: 28gProtein: 3g

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      1. Yes just sprinkle it.. smooth it down a bit and layer a nice layer of butter over the top. That will work as all the moisture you need to bake that cake deliciously.

        1. And no foil cover? Steam won’t be a problem?

          Thank you in advance for your help.

          I bought the ingredients and plan to make this shortly.

          1. no foil cover at all. I actually intended on covering it when I first created this recipe and forgot. 🙂 It was perfect anyway. Every time I have made it I continue to use no cover and it comes out perfect every time. Steam was not a problem at all. Enjoy!! <3

  1. Do you think this would work with sugar free lemon pudding? I’m trying to reduce the carbs. If so, would you make the pudding first and then use same as pie filling? Thanks!

    1. yes! It will definitely work well. Just make the pudding and let it set. Then use the pudding in place of the pie filling. 🙂

    1. Absolutely! You will just want to adjust use a bit less of the ingredients. And you may need to use a 1L pyrex bowl. 🙂

    1. Yes it sure would. I would maybe add at least 3 min to the time to allow for the thicker pottery.

    1. no i would not make it directly in your pot. But you could do it in a metal bowl, a corning ware dish.. something of that sort.

  2. ohhh lala I can’t wait to try this in my Instant Pot ! I’m also obsessed with my IP LOL thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Do you think this will work in the spring form pan? I’m obsessed with my pressure cooker also. I have a different brand and just bought a ninja foodie yesterday. Thanks Dolores

    1. My best advice is to jump in and give it a try. The key to cooking the cake is the butter, so you want to make sure you have plenty of it. Also adjust your PC time to about the same as the oven cook time calls for on the gluten free cake. I would love to hear how it works out. 🙂

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