If you need a truly easy dessert recipe, look no further than this easy cake mix berry cobbler recipe. It just doesn't get any easier than making this cobbler! Only three simple ingredients, a bit of time in the oven, and you have a delicious dessert that truly everyone will adore. The best part? You don't even have to dirty a bowl to mix this! Just add the ingredients together in the pan itself before baking. Voila! You have a super easy and tasty dessert that is perfect for sharing with friends and family.
Cake Mix Berry Cobbler Recipe
I love making recipes and desserts from scratch, but just like any mom, being busy means it's hard to do that every day. A cake mix is one of my favorite pantry essentials. They are super versatile and well, you can't beat the price. I know a few baker's who will tell you that a doctored up cake mix is actually better than some homemade cakes they have had at fancy bakeries. While I won't go that far, I can say that they hold a place in my pantry and are often the base of something yummy.
That is the case with what is one of my favorite cobblers. I grew up making cobbler alongside my Granny, and she would be aghast to think I had even begun to call this a cobbler. So, I have to put out there that it isn't a traditional cobbler in any sense of the word, but it is a similar dessert that is easy, delicious, and is perfect for making on those busy days when a from scratch cobbler isn't an option.
What Cake Mix Should I Use?
My pantry typically holds Betty Crocker cake mixes because they are easy to find, affordable, and often on sale at my local grocery store. That doesn't mean that is what you have to use. There are tons of great cake mix brands out there, and I am not too proud to say the most generic boxed mix has held a place in my pantry on many occasions.
The only thing I will suggest is that for this particular recipe, you choose a yellow cake mix over the basic vanilla white cake mix. The richer flavor in the yellow cake mix makes it a great addition to the fresh bright berries. Plus, it just tastes a bit more buttery which results in a better overall flavor.
What Fruits Can I Use In This Recipe?
The best fruits for cobblers are berries, but I have also made many cobblers with peaches and apples. Mangoes, pineapple, cherries, strawberry, peaches, pears, and apples are my standard choices for cobblers, but you can get creative and use other fruits if you want.
I would caution against using melon in a cobbler as it does not taste good when hot. When choosing fruit for your cobbler, focus on something that is naturally sweet and that when cooked down retains a nice texture that is pleasant with the crust. If you want a more traditional cobbler, you might like this strawberry cobbler recipe instead or even this peach cobbler recipe. These are closer to what my Granny made and a traditional Southern-style cobbler.
Can I Use Fresh Berries Instead of Frozen?
You can definitely use both fresh or frozen berries for this cobbler. I usually have frozen mixed berries on hand, so it was natural to grab those for this recipe, but it isn't necessary. You could definitely use fresh berries if you prefer. There is no need to change anything in the recipe if you use fresh berries.
Can I Use Diet Soda Instead?
You can definitely use diet soda for this recipe if you want. While I have used Sprite for this type, you can also use 7-Up or even ginger ale if you want. There is no specific type of soda, but the lemon line or mild flavors are best when working with a cobbler. I would avoid using cola for making cobbler as the flavors wouldn't be as nice together.
One suggestion would be that if you want to use a cola, it works best when paired with a chocolate cake mix. For a fun twist on this recipe, you could definitely use mixed berries, strawberries, or cherries topped with chocolate cake mix and a cola for a tasty treat.
What Should I Serve With This Cobbler?
I like to top my cobbler with vanilla ice cream, but you can also top this with whipped cream, Cool Whip, or just a dusting of powdered sugar. Caramel syrup or even chocolate syrup are also options that go well on the cobbler. Depending upon the fruit used, you could also add chocolate syrup to the recipe for good flavor.
- Mixed berries
- Yellow cake mix
How to Make a Cake Mix Berry Cobbler
Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick spray.
Spread berries over the bottom of the baking sheet in an even layer.
Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the berries covering them completely.
Pour the Sprite over the top of the cake mix, but do not stir this mixture. Make sure the dry ingredients are wet, but not mixed.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.
Serve hot with fresh ice cream or whipped cream.
If making a lot of cobblers and cakes, stop fussing with plastic wrap. Instead, purchase the 9"x13" baking dish lid. I have a personalized baking dish lid I found on Etsy that I love. It seals the cake into an air tight container but keeps the top hard so easy to store in the refrigerator and not worry about smashing anything.
More Delicious Dessert Recipes
Dessert, in my house, is the best part of the day. There are tons of amazing recipes out there that you can enjoy making for your family. Whether it's a cobbler like this, a cake, cookie, or pie, there are tons of great options below that you can use to share a sweet treat with your family.
- The Perfect New York Style Cheesecake
- Best Brownie Batter Dip Recipe
- Peaches and Cream Bars Recipe
- Paleo Lemon Bars Recipe
- No Bake Peanut Butter Oreo Dessert
- Classic Apple Pie Recipe
- 24 oz frozen mixed berries
- 16 oz box yellow cake mix, dry
- 12 oz Sprite
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Spread berries over the bottom of the baking sheet in an even layer.
- Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the berries covering them completely.
- Pour the Sprite over the top of the cake mix, but do not stir this mixture. Make sure the dry ingredients are wet, but not mixed.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes.
- Serve hot with fresh ice cream or whipped cream.
Try this with spice cake mix for a different flavor topping.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 418mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 4gSugar: 35gProtein: 3g