Introduction: Easy Three Ingredient Berry Cobbler

Picture of Easy Three Ingredient Berry Cobbler

The truth is – I am a busy mom.
I try to make dinners that take less than 30-minutes start to finish and have as few ingredients as possible. “But what about dessert?” my family asks me....

I originally got this recipe from a good friend of mine (with four children) and never looked back after I learned about it. I make this dessert for friends, family, potlucks, birthdays (my dad seriously asked for it for his birthday), and just to use up those blackberries we grow in the garden.

The cool thing about this recipe is that you ~almost~ can't mess it up (other than burning it by leaving it in the oven too long.) I wouldn't call that "science" but there is a science to having a quick and easy dessert that is still delicious and everyone loves.
(OK - Maybe everyone I know loves it!)

Also, I have experimented with both fresh fruit, canned fruit, and a mixture of our fresh backyard blackberries with frozen fruit. The recipe still stays the same with whatever combo of fresh, canned, or frozen fruit I add to the dish.

Please enjoy and make sure you wash your hands!
(Feel free to post pictures on comments please!)

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Step 1: Ingredients, Mix & Bake

Picture of Ingredients, Mix & Bake

• One box of yellow cake mix – Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix is pictured
• 4-cups (or so) of berries of your choice – I use a frozen berry blend of blueberries, strawberries and blackberries
• One stick of unsalted butter (equal to 1/2-cup of unsalted butter, and I prefer the stick kind)

You will also need a 13 x 9 baking pan and (maybe) a measuring cup.

For a glass pan as shown in the photos, preheat the oven to 350-degrees. For a metal pan, use the back of the cake box to determine how hot it should be.

Place the 4-cups of berries in the bottom of the pan.
(You can also just cover the bottom of the pan with the berries, and not even worry about measuring it really!)

Microwave the butter (in a microwave safe dish) for 20-sec on high. Note that not all the butter may melt.

Using your clean hands, pour the cake mix on top of the butter and mix thoroughly.
I have my kids do that part.

The cake mix may seem crumbly and not really moist. That’s OK. That’s how it’s supposed to be.

Pour the cake mixture on top of the berries in the pan.

Place the dish in the oven (middle rack) and bake for at least 28-minutes or until lightly browned on top.

Let the cobbler cool for at least 5-minutes before serving.


BrandiD18 (author)2017-06-09

Made this last night. Not really my idea of a cobbler, was more like a dump cake but was very good! Only thing I done different was use a smaller pan. Recipe turned out perfect!

RachelM93 (author)2016-03-10

I don't know if anyone else has added this, but you can pour the cake mix straight onto the berries and then pour the butter over that entire mixture and you're done. No need to mix anything by hand! :)

Irene Pendleton (author)2016-03-07

For a more cobbler type consistency I added 3 TBSP. heavy cream with the melted butter and 1 box of Jello pudding mix to the cake mix. Other wise it comes out like a berry crumble. My family loves it I use the rest of the cream to make whipped topping for the cobbler.

Angela M.F (author)2016-01-31

Just made this using organic frozen mixed berries and Betty Crocker Gluten-free yellow cake mix. Only 3 cups of frozen berries in the bag so I supplemented with gluten-free cherry pie filling. After reading all of the comments, I was pretty sure the cake mix / butter mixture would turn out differently but, to my surprise, it came out nice and crumbly! And it tastes great! Thanks for the clear recipe!

Angela M.F made it! (author)Angela M.F2016-01-31

Oops... forgot to say I baked it for 35 minutes. Also forgot the photos ...

AmandaC67 (author)2015-12-31

I made this twice and it just didn't come out like any of the pictures.

The first time with cherries. The second time with blueberries and mix on bottom and cooked for an hour. It is quick but not like a cobbler.

leosunfire23 (author)2015-05-12

I made this recipe tonight using a butter pecan cake mix. It turned out very delicious and was a huge hit with my family. So simple and easy to do. Will definitely make this again.

NatashaC13 (author)leosunfire232015-10-26

Im glad I saw this..all I have on hand is the butter pecan mix..was wondering how good it would turn out! Trying it tonight! Thanks!

kristenan made it! (author)2015-10-16

I made this and it was so so good! I didn't have any vanilla cake mix so I used the rainbow sprinkle sort. I also used margarine instead of butter and an entire bag of frozen mixed berries. So delicious, so easy; thank you so much for sharing!

DeandrasCrafts (author)kristenan2015-10-18

It looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing!

znannie (author)2015-07-23

Awesome! I used fresh frozen Blueberries (picked last summer) out of my freezer and a Lemon cake mix with pudding in the mix. I lightly buttered the dish, added the frozen berries sprinkled with a little sugar substitute and corn starch then topped with the cake mixture and baked it an additional 5 minutes. Served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Thank you for something so yummy, quick & easy! ?

LindsayB7 made it! (author)2015-07-19

Followed the recipe. This is what i got. Thank you for the wonderful recipe! !

DeandrasCrafts (author)LindsayB72015-07-21

It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photo! =)

Gingher (author)2015-07-18

used a duncan hines yellow cake mix, same amount of butter, it wasn't very crumbly, but we'll see. I'm sure it will be tasty regardless!

Gingher (author)2015-07-18

mammahfrog (author)2015-07-10

Thanks for posting this. I have tried several recipes using cake mix & butter but none have done it this way. The result of those was many ptches of dry cake mix powder- YUCK! Your version makes perfect sense and the cobbler turned out the way I imagined it should turn out--NO DRY POWDER!!!!! It was yummy!

Itsokimok (author)2015-06-27

Is it possible the stick of butter I'm seeing in the photo is one of those 1/2 sticks? That would explain the less crumbly results folks are reporting - although for me there really can never be too much butter!

DeandrasCrafts (author)Itsokimok2015-06-27

Thank you for showing me that! I never even thought that a stick of butter might be a different size somewhere else. I will add that it's equal to a 1/2-cup. Thanks so much!

SarahE9 (author)2015-05-27

I dont know where my other comment went. But I'm worried it won't turn out good. The cake mix + butter didn't mix into a crumby texture. It mixed and had a play doh consistency

SarahE9 (author)SarahE92015-05-27

Oops I see it now. Sorry my phone glitches a lot . It came out good. Just was more cakey.

DeandrasCrafts (author)SarahE92015-05-27

I'm glad to hear that! I noticed that some boxes of mix are smaller than the one shown. In my opinion though, the butter still does the trick regardless of the size, but exactly with the result you got. A more cake-like rather than cobbler-like end product. So glad you tried it!

SarahE9 (author)2015-05-27

I did something wrong. When i mixed the cake mix with the butter, it wasn't crumby. It had a play doh consistency.

julie.calder.77 (author)2015-02-15

Would cherry chip cake mix be ok to use?

jo1960 (author)2014-12-14

I meant to say instant white chocolate pudding

DeandrasCrafts (author)jo19602014-12-15

And how did it go.... I'd like to know if adding any kind of pudding was good. Did you add it to the cake mix or use it in leui of cake mix?

DakotaM2 (author)DeandrasCrafts2015-01-28

I was wondering can you use fresh berries instead of the frozen

DeandrasCrafts (author)DakotaM22015-01-29

Yes. I have made this recipe with fresh berries and another one with fresh apples. Both came out just as fantastic. Thank you for asking!

jo1960 (author)2014-12-14

I put some instant white in there and I think I may have screwed up it hasn't come out of the oven yet but I probably should have put a little more butter and there. :(

Dani829 (author)2014-12-01

I needed a fast cobbler for Thanksgiving dinner and this was a hit!!

Instead of yellow cake mix I used Krusteaz Almond Poppy Seed Muffin mix without the poppy seeds and it was a great taste combo!

shelbykfigueroa (author)2014-11-27

It's in the oven now...although I used salted butter by mistake. I tasted the "dough" before going in oven and tastes a little salty...but I'm optimistic that the sweetness if the berries will balance it out. And...some vanilla ice cream of course! Happy Thanksgiving :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Thank you!

LoriE1 (author)2014-11-26

I wanted to make a cobbler and it occurred to me that someone has probably done this with a cake mix! (first I looked at all the ingredients and noticed they can be similar. Then I googled the thought and here you are! I have a sugar free cake mix that I am going to try it over apples. I'm thinking it might take about 45 min. in my oven and I am sure it is going to be great! THANK YOU, and happy Thanksgiving!

DeandrasCrafts (author)LoriE12014-11-26

Happy thanksgiving to you too!!! I have an apple cobbler that worked as well. I'm on my mobile so I hope it comes out -here's the link for the apple cobbler with cake mix:

randy.magill.1 (author)2014-08-31

I am cusrious if you coulkd use strawberries with this.

mel.weissman1 (author)2014-08-01

Delicious! I melted the butter completely and then mixed in the cake mix. I then covered the berries and baked it in a 9 x 13 metal pan for about 30 minutes. I've attached a photo.

Beautiful! Thanks for posting!

shawn.hadley.71 (author)2014-07-27

awesome used blackberries we picked

mmarie14 (author)2014-05-30

I just made this. I have it in the oven as we speak. My cake mix came out like dough instead of crumbles. I hope it comes out good. I just pulled the dough apart and put it all over the berries. Has this happened to anyone before?

DeandrasCrafts (author)mmarie142014-05-30

How did it go.... And yes, you would pull the dough apart and put it all over the berries. It's cake mix so you really can't go wrong with the flavor. (I don't think.)

=) Let me know or even better, add a photo!

mmarie14 (author)DeandrasCrafts2014-05-30

It went well. I tasted a small piece (as its for after dinner) and it was good. Where would I upload a photo of my computer?

DeandrasCrafts (author)mmarie142014-07-01

I know this answer is really later, but there is an "add images" button on the comments when you hit reply. I'm glad it came out good for you!

everythingguru (author)2013-11-04

Making this tonight -- can't wait! I love the simplicity -- and I'm sure it's delicious. Thank you!

dianebullock (author)2013-10-20

I love this recipe. I used a pastry blender to mix the cake mix and butter together. I don't like getting the mixture under my fingernails.

mbreshears1 (author)2013-07-10

Wow that sound so great I'm going to try it I can't wait

MariaRomero (author)2013-06-09

I made this for a dinner party with neighbors last night and it was huge hit!! I added about a cup of chocolate chops with the berry's and sprinkled some sugar on top of the cake mix just for some added decadence:) I'll be making this again and trying other fruits!!! So glad I found your recipe!!

Thank you for sharing! I am so glad you enjoyed it and sugar on top would be awesome! =)

bubbe3553 (author)2013-05-23

This is a recipe that needs some help. I loved the 3 ingredient idea, but it needs more. The cake mix and butter mixture leaves a bitter taste.

DeandrasCrafts (author)bubbe35532013-05-23

I'm really sorry you feel that way, but my family loves it!
I hope you can find something on Instructables that will be more to your liking. As you can see from other comments, other people enjoy it just as much as we do.
Have a great day! =)

blindinglights (author)2012-04-15

So would canned peaches work just as well as berries? Still about 4 cups?

Sorry... I am not good at cooking...

Absolutely! I would use two of the large cans of peaches in either light syrup or in their own juice. You don't have to really measure the fruit, just cover the bottom of the pan. Don't be sorry; I always use recipes! I personally have never been good at making recipes up. Please let me know how it works out for you! =-)

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