This cherry cobbler with a cake mix is the easiest dessert out there! It’s made with only 3 ingredients, and is guaranteed to be a big hit!
There is something extra special about a warm dessert, filled with a sweet and tart combination of cherries, and topped with a warm buttery cobbler crust?! This extra easy version only uses 3 ingredients and you’ll have a mouthwatering cherry cobbler that will have everyone asking for seconds.
The cherry pie filling is juicy, and loaded with sweet cherries, and the golden cake mix top is soft, slightly crispy, and loaded with a delicious sweet buttery flavor, and will easily be a new family favorite.
It’s the perfect dessert to make when you need something quick, with simple ingredients, and just a few minutes of prep.
This is a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this Cherry Cobbler Recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
- canned cherry pie filling – you’ll need two cans of cherry pie filling
- white cake mix – just a box of cake mix, not prepared with eggs, oil, and water.
- stick of butter
How to make Easy Cake Mix Cherry Cobbler?
- Pour the can of cherry pie filling into a prepared baking dish.
- Mix together the cake mix and melted butter in a large bowl until you have a nice crumbly mixture. (You will not make the cake mix as directed on the box, you will only use the dry cake mix and butter.)
- Sprinkle the crumbly topping mixture in an even layer on top of the cherries.
- Bake the cobbler until the filling is bubbly, and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm in bowls topped with a scoop of ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream.
Tips and Tricks:
- You can use your favorite cake mix, a white cake mix, yellow cake mix, or even a chocolate cake mix would be delicious.
- Do not combine the topping with the fruit filling. You will sprinkle it on top.
- Add 1/2 cup of oats, or chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc) to the cake mix topping to add a little extra texture.
- Bake this cake mix cobbler in a square 8×8 or 9×9 pan by using only one can of cherry pie filling. Then you’ll have a thicker crumble topping.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to store leftovers?
This cobbler is best on the first day served warm, but if you do have leftovers we don’t want those to go to waste. Let it cool then cover the container with a lid, or plastic wrap and transfer it to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. It will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days, though the cake mix topping will get softer.
I recommend reheating individual portions of it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, until it is hot throughout to warm it up.
What’s the difference between a dump cake and a cobbler?
A dump cake and a cheater cobbler are very similar desserts, both made with fruit filling, a cake mix, and butter. But for a dump cake you don’t mix the cake mix topping, you just pour the pie filling, then the cake mix, and add slices of the butter on top of the cake mix.
Both versions are delicious, and have a similar taste profile, so you are welcome to make this cherry cobbler a cherry cobbler dump cake to skip a step.
You can also make a homemade sweet biscuit topping for this cherry cobbler if you want to have more of the buttery biscuity flavor for this delicious dessert.
Can I use other types of cake mixes?
You are welcome to experiment with different cake mix flavors to create unique variations of this cobbler. You can try a chocolate cake mix for a black forest cake cobbler, a classic white cake mix, vanilla cake mix, yellow cake mix, whatever you have in your pantry, or whatever flavor sounds best to you!
Can I use fresh cherries?
You need the extra liquid from the canned cherry filling for this recipe, so I don’t recommend using fresh fruit unless you make a homemade cherry filling wit hthe cherries.
This delicious cherry cobbler is such an easy dessert with only a handful of ingredients, and is sure to be a hit at your next gathering, it’s great for a potluck, or barbecue dessert. It’s a delectable fruity dessert, to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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3 Ingredient Cherry Cobbler with Cake Mix
- 42 oz cherry pie filling (two 21oz cans)
- 15.25 oz box white cake mix (unprepared)
- 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick, melted)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add the canned cherry pie filling to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the cake mix to a bowl, and pour the melted butter over the top. Stir them together to create a crumbly mixture.
- Sprinkle the crumble topping over the top of the cherries.
- Place the cake into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until the cake mix is golden.
- Serve warm. With a scoop of ice cream on top, if desired.