Easy Three Ingredient Berry Cobbler

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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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znannie1 month ago

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!1 month ago
Followed the recipe. This is what i got. Thank you for the wonderful recipe! !
DeandrasCrafts (author)  LindsayB71 month ago

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

Gingher1 month ago

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!

Gingher1 month ago
mammahfrog1 month ago
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!
Itsokimok2 months ago

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)  Itsokimok2 months ago

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!

SarahE93 months ago
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 SarahE93 months ago
Oops I see it now. Sorry my phone glitches a lot . It came out good. Just was more cakey.
DeandrasCrafts (author)  SarahE93 months ago

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!

SarahE93 months ago
I did something wrong. When i mixed the cake mix with the butter, it wasn't crumby. It had a play doh consistency.
leosunfire233 months ago

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.

Would cherry chip cake mix be ok to use?
jo19608 months ago
I meant to say instant white chocolate pudding
DeandrasCrafts (author)  jo19608 months ago

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?

I was wondering can you use fresh berries instead of the frozen
DeandrasCrafts (author)  DakotaM27 months ago

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!

jo19608 months ago
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. :(
Dani8298 months ago

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!

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 :)
DeandrasCrafts (author)  shelbykfigueroa9 months ago

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Thank you!

LoriE19 months ago

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)  LoriE19 months ago
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: http://m.instructables.com/id/Three-Ingredient-Apple-Cobbler/
randy.magill.112 months ago

I am cusrious if you coulkd use strawberries with this.

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.

DeandrasCrafts (author)  mel.weissman11 year ago

Beautiful! Thanks for posting!

awesome used blackberries we picked

mmarie141 year ago
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)  mmarie141 year ago

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!

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)  mmarie141 year ago

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!

Making this tonight -- can't wait! I love the simplicity -- and I'm sure it's delicious. Thank you!
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.
mbreshears12 years ago
Wow that sound so great I'm going to try it I can't wait
MariaRomero2 years ago
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!!
DeandrasCrafts (author)  MariaRomero2 years ago
Thank you for sharing! I am so glad you enjoyed it and sugar on top would be awesome! =)
bubbe35532 years ago
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)  bubbe35532 years ago
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! =)
So would canned peaches work just as well as berries? Still about 4 cups?

Sorry... I am not good at cooking...
DeandrasCrafts (author)  blindinglights3 years ago
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! =-)
Thank you!! I actually just ended up with (waaay more than 4 cups haha) of fresh blackberries and remembered this recipe! It turned out DELICIOUS, especially with some vanilla ice cream on top :)
DeandrasCrafts (author)  blindinglights2 years ago
I am so glad to hear that! Especially the comment where it is easy to remember the recipe. Thank you for sharing with me!
Kaiven3 years ago
Great recipe, I'm making my second black berry cobbler now from wild berries behind my neighborhood. It tastes pretty sweet! Would cooking it longer make the top crunchier?
Also, my friend who also picked some berries said he was going to use chocolate cake mix. I'll have to share the results if he does so.
DeandrasCrafts (author)  Kaiven3 years ago
PLEASE let me know about chocolate! I don't know why I never tried that....
That black berry bush in our backyard yields SO many berries, that we freeze them to last during the winter. Yes, if you want a crunchier top, you would definitely check it in 5 minute increments.
I'm SO GLAD you like it! =)
Came out great again! But sadly I only used yellow cake. I'll have to wait another week or so before I can attempt a chocolate version.
DeandrasCrafts (author)  Kaiven3 years ago
Not sadly! Yumm-ily... ;) The only way I know how to mess this up is by burning it, and I do know how to mess recipes up....
CementTruck3 years ago
A friend of mine used to make a Peach Cobbler very similar to this years ago. Every once in a while I would show up at their house un-announced and she'd frantically jump in the kitchen and pop one of these in the oven so we'd have a snack. She used to laugh at how much I ooh'd and ahh'd over her Cobbler. She finally told me how she made it and the mystique was lost forever. It still tasted good though.

Anyway, you brought back some good memories, so thank you!

I believe she used to sprinkle sugar on the top of the concoction right before putting it in the oven because the was a sweet crunchy crust that used to just make it special to me.
DeandrasCrafts (author)  CementTruck3 years ago
That's so awesome that you told me that story! I keep boxes of yellow cake mix in my pantry just to make this dessert on the fly just like your friend. Thanks again for the comment!