Pressure Cooker Red White & Blue Cobbler

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Cobbler Plated2I know, I seem to be going full midwest on you all lately. First, I use Onion Soup Mix, then a Taco Seasoning packet, and now this. Cake Mix? What the heck was I thinking? Well, I guess I was thinking “mmmmmm, I need something tasty and quick for dessert.”

By using the pressure cooker, you can make a quick and tasty dessert without heating the entire kitchen.


And on top of that, four ingredients! That’s right, four!

This recipe uses the “Pot in Pan“, or “Bain Marie” method, much  like I used in my Pressure Cooker Grits recipe.

Steam Rack

You will be using the steam rack or trivet that came with your pressure cooker, along with a bowl or steam insert (solid, not perforated). It should be about 4 cup capacity or more. My insert has a handle, which makes things easier. If you use a bowl or a cake pan, you may need to fashion helper handles from aluminum foil, so that you are able to easily remove it from the pressure cooker. Mine is just about 4 cups, and was just about exactly the correct size. If yours seems a little small, you can just cut back a bit on all the ingredients.

Rack In Cooker

I call this “Red, White and Blue Cobbler”, though mine wasn’t quite as patriotic as I had intended. The title was derived from the ingredients, which I intended to be blueberries, red cherries and white cake mix, but my extremely clever idea was thwarted at every turn. The store I went to did not have white cake mix, so I used yellow. Either will work fine, by the way. The only canned cherries I could find were not all that red, although they were quite tasty.

PC Insert

So, the only 4 ingredients are 1 can of blueberries in syrup, 1 can of cherries in syrup, 1 box of white (or yellow) cake mix and 1 stick of butter.

Start by coating your pressure cooker insert with cooking spray, oil or butter. I used oil.

Melt the stick of butter ( I did it in the microwave, so as not to use the burners on the stove).

Blueberries and CherriesDump the blueberries and cherries into the insert or bowl. Dump the cake mix on top, and pat it down lightly. Pour the melted butter over the cake mix.

Berries, Cake Mix, Butter

Cover the insert with aluminum foil, sealing it as best as possible.

In the pressure cooker, add the minimum amount of water that your pressure cooker can use. I did this in the InstantPot, so the minimum was 1-1/2 cups. Then insert the steam rack, or trivet.

Cobbler Covered

Carefully lower the insert onto the steam rack in the pressure cooker.

Place the cover on the pressure cooker and set to reach high pressure.

If using an electric pressure cooker, set it for high pressure and set time for 20 minutes.

If using a stove top pressure cooker, set heat to high, and when pressure is reached, adjust heat to maintain high pressure, then set timer to 20 minutes.

When time is up, let pressure come down naturally for 20 minutes. If pressure isn’t fully released after 20 minutes, do a quick release.

Cobbler Finished

Let it cool for 5 minutes or so.

Carefully remove the foil and dish onto plate. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (it is excellent with both!).


Have a wonderful 4th!

Pressure Cooker Red White & Blue Cobbler
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 servings
Only four ingredients, and you have yourself a quick and tasty pressure cooker dessert.
  • Steam rack or trivet for your pressure cooker
  • Bowl, Insert or baking pan that will fit into your pressure cooker (at least 4 cups)
  • Aluminum foil for covering the insert
For Cobbler
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 can blueberries in syrup (15 oz.)
  • 1 can cherries in syrup (15 oz.)
  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix (15 oz.)
  1. Melt the stick of butter in the microwave
  2. Coat the inside of the insert (or bowl, etc.) with cooking spray, butter or oil
  3. Pour the cherries and blueberries into the insert
  4. Pour the cake mix over the berries and pat down
  5. Pour the melted butter over the cake mix
  6. Cover the insert with aluminum foil, sealing as good as possible around handles, etc.
  7. Add the water to pressure cooker and insert the steam rack or trivet
  8. Lower the insert with berry/cake mixture onto the steam rack
  9. Put top on the pressure cooker
  10. If using electric pressure cooker, set for high pressure and 20 minutes
  11. If using a stovetop model, over high heat bring pressure cooker to high pressure, when high pressure is achieved adjust heat to maintain high pressure, then set timer for 20 minutes
  12. When time is up, remove from heat and let pressure come down on its own for 20 minutes
  13. If pressure isn't fully released after 20 minutes, do a quick release
  14. Carefully remove insert from pressure cooker and let cool for around 5 minutes
  15. Spoon onto plates or bowls and top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream