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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Step 1: 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.

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2 years ago

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!


3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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.


3 years ago

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.


4 years ago on Introduction

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.

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Reply 3 years ago

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!


4 years ago on Introduction

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! ?


4 years ago on Step 1

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!


4 years 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!


4 years ago on Introduction

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!

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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!


4 years 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

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Reply 4 years ago

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


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

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!


4 years ago

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


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

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?