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Berry Cobbler with Cake Mix

This mixed berry cobbler is a delicious fruit dessert made with mixed berries and a box of cake mix.   A quick and easy dessert, this berry dump cake is delicious with a scoop of ice cream or topped with fresh whipped cream. It’s perfect for any occasion.

Berry cobbler in a small bowl topped with vanilla ice cream.

We always look for a quick and easy dessert recipe and love this berry cobbler.   Preparing takes only a few minutes and is perfect for any occasion. Because it’s made with frozen berries, it can be made any time of year, even if berries are not in season.

​If you love this recipe, you may also enjoy our Blackberry Dump Cake, or our easy Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake.

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Why you’ll love Cake Mix Berry Cobbler:


  • Quick – This dessert comes together in just five minutes and takes less than an hour to bake, making it perfect when you need a quick dessert.
  • Easy clean up – Because you don’t need fancy equipment or a lot of bowls, this one-pan dessert makes clean up a breeze.
  • Inexpensive – With simple ingredients, this tasty dessert is economical and great for serving a crowd.

This easy cobbler recipe is made with boxed cake mix and frozen mixed berries.  The simple ingredients in this delicious dessert make it easy to prepare.  

Also called a dump cake because of the ease of dumping the ingredients into a dish and tossing it in the oven, this dessert is a great option when you want something homemade but don’t have much time. 

Unlike many dump cakes, the cake mix in this recipe is mixed with the melted butter and milk to form a batter before being baked. This helps ensure the cake bakes without any dry spots and keeps it from burning before the berries can release their juice.

We have used frozen fruit in our berry dump cake, but fresh berries will also work.  You can use a single berry, such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or a blend of different berries.  

The nice thing about this fruit cobbler is that it’s versatile. It can be made with any combination of berries so you can experiment with different flavors. 

While we generally use yellow cake, it can also be made with white cake mix, lemon, or even chocolate if you feel more adventurous. 

It makes about 8 servings, which is great for small gatherings, parties, and backyard BBQs. 

The leftover cobbler can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days and is great for breakfast, too!

Berry cobbler in a baking dish with a serving spoon.

Ingredients & Substitutions

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

This dessert is made with simple ingredients. You will need:

Frozen Berries —You will need about six cups of frozen mixed berries for this recipe. If you don’t want frozen fruit, use fresh fruit instead, especially if it’s in season.  

Fresh berries, such as a mix of blackberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, and fresh blueberries all work well.  You can use any combination you like. 

Flour & Cornstarch – The combination of flour and cornstarch will help thicken the filling as the berries heat and soften, releasing their juice.  If you skip the flour and cornstarch, you will be left with a soupy filling and soggy cake.  

Sugar – Granulated sugar mixed with the fresh berries helps sweeten the filling.  You can choose brown sugar instead of granulated sugar if you prefer.

Cake mix – We like using a box of yellow cake mix with our mixed berry dump cake recipe, as the neutral flavor pairs well with anything. You will need one box of cake mix.  If you don’t have yellow cake, this also works great with white or lemon cake mix. 

Butter – Butter is needed to combine with the cake mix and give it flavor. Do not substitute this with oil; it will not taste or have the same texture.  You will need one stick of butter.

Milk—Milk is mixed with the dry cake mix before being spread over the frozen berries.  

Step by Step Instructions for Berry Dump Cake

Prepare a 9×13 baking dish or cake pan with nonstick cooking spray or a thin coating of butter, paying attention to the corners.

Mix the flour, cornstarch, and sugar in a small bowl until well combined.

Pour the frozen berries into the baking dish, then sprinkle the flour mixture over the berries and stir to coat.  If you like, add some lemon zest or cinnamon for added flavor.

Mixed frozen berries in a nine by thirteen baking dish coated in flour and sugar.

Mix the dry cake mix in a medium-sized mixing bowl with the melted butter and milk to form a thick batter.  

Drop it in dollops over the frozen berries and gently spread it out.  Don’t worry about getting it perfectly even; it will be thick. 

You can top it with a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon or chopped pecans or walnuts for a bit of texture. 

Cake batter spread over frozen berries in a baking dish.

Place the cake in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes until the top of the cobbler is golden brown.

Allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes before serving as this will help the warm fruit filling set, making it easier to serve.

Baked berry cobbler in a baking dish.

Serving Suggestions for Berry Cobbler

We like to keep things simple and serve this easy berry dessert recipe in small bowls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  It is especially delicious when the cobbler is served warm, and the ice cream can melt into the warm, gooey fruit filling.

You could also add a dollop of Cool Whip, or some fresh homemade whipped cream.

You may also want to serve it with a drizzle of butterscotch or caramel sauce, or some chopped nuts such as toasted pecans, walnuts, or almonds. We also like to add some fresh berries on the side.

Mixed berry crumble in a small dish topped with fresh raspberries and vanilla ice cream.

FAQS

Does berry cobbler need to be refrigerated?

Because of the fruit and moisture in berry cobbler, for food safety, leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator.

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Berry cobbler in a small bowl topped with vanilla ice cream.

Berry Cobbler from Cake Mix

This mixed berry cobbler is a delicious fruit dessert made with mixed berries and a box of cake mix.   A quick and easy dessert, this berry dump cake is delicious with a scoop of ice cream
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Deanna

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 6 cup mixed berries frozen or fresh
  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • 5 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 box yellow cake mix for a 9×13 cake
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Mix the flour, cornstarch, and sugar in a small bowl until they are well combined.
  • Add the berries to the baking dish, then add the flour mixture. Stir to coat the berries, then spread them evenly over the bottom of the dish.
  • Combine the cake mix, melted butter, and milk in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir to form a thick batter.
  • Dollop the batter over the berries, then spread it over the top. Don't worry about it being perfectly even.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 55- 60 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Check at the 50-minute mark, and if the cake is getting too brown, cover it with foil to finish baking.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Berry Cobbler from Cake Mix
Amount per Serving
Calories
455
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
569
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
80
g
27
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
46
g
51
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Food Safety and Storage


This cake can be stored in the baking dish covered in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about three days.

It may also be frozen for several months.

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