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Blackberry Cobbler with Cake Mix

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Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook Time: 30 minutes

4.99 from 72 votes

Mouthwatering homemade desserts don’t get much quicker or easier than this blackberry cobbler with cake mix. This easy recipe is made with yellow cake mix, blackberries, and butter. That’s right, you only need three ingredients.

Finished blackberry cobbler dessert in a baking dish with spoons and blackberries.
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When blackberries are in season there are lots of different recipes to choose from. Blackberry cobbler has to be one of the most delicious though, and with a recipe this simple there’s no reason not to make it. You can just imagine how amazing the kitchen will smell while this rich and juicy cobbler is baking.

A good cobbler with fresh blackberries makes a lovely dessert after any main dish. It’s sweet, fruity, and satisfying. Served warm with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, everybody will love this and probably beg for a second helping!

Cherry apple crisp as well as my peach cobbler for two are also very popular and easy to make with fruits that are in season.

Main Ingredients

The ingredients to make blackberry cobbler with cake mix laid out on a table.

Every ingredient in this recipe is a main ingredient since there are only three of them. This is what you need:

  • Yellow cake mix: This is perfect for making cobbler because it offers a fluffy texture and rich taste.
  • Fresh blackberries: To add a fresh, fruity taste.
  • Butter: For a rich flavor.

Instructions Overview

As you might expect, this 3-ingredient recipe is refreshingly simple. Forget complicated cobbler recipes because this one is just as impressive. First, you need to preheat the oven and then gather the ingredients.

Next, you will combine the yellow cake mix with the butter until the mixture looks like crumbs. The easiest way to do this is to use your fingers and rub the mixture through them until the consistency is right. This will take a few minutes.

The batter is then combined with the blackberries and everything goes into a baking dish. By now the oven should be nice and hot, so you can go ahead and bake this cobbler for about half an hour. It’s done when the top is golden.

A large scoop of blackberry cobbler on a white plate with a spoon.

Common Questions

How do I store blackberry cobbler?

If you have leftovers, you can keep them for up to 3 days. Loosely cover it to stop moisture from forming, and keep it on the countertop at room temperature. If you keep it in an airtight container, moisture will form and spoil it. Worried about critters getting to it? If so, just keep it in the microwave or toaster oven with the door closed.

Can I freeze leftover cobbler?

You can freeze it for up to 8 months in an airtight container.

Can I make this dessert ahead?

Since it keeps for a couple of days, you can make it ahead and keep it loosely covered at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. You can also prepare it ahead of time and just bake it when you’re ready. In that case, keep the batter in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

What should I serve with it?

Whipped cream is always good with fruit cobbler, or you might prefer a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or for a special treat, how about both?

Can I use frozen blackberries instead of fresh ones?

Blackberries are in season and easy to find during the warmer months, but what if you can’t get fresh ones? In that case, you can use frozen blackberries instead. If you thaw them first, they will release extra moisture into the mixture, so it’s best to add them frozen. Roll them in a little flour first and no one will be able to tell the difference.

What other berries would work in this recipe?

There are nearly as many cobbler recipes as there are types of fruit! If you have a favorite berry, use that instead of blackberries. If your berries have a stone, such as cherries, simply pit them first. Another idea is to use a pair of fruits that are good together, such as pear and blackberry or apple and raspberry. Feel free to use your preferred fruit according to what’s in season and what you enjoy best.

Which cake mix is better – Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines?

With the right recipe and cake mix, you can have a scrumptious blackberry cobbler. Though both Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker mix create deliciously fluffy cakes, Duncan Hines yields moister results. No matter which option you go with, they will be equally satisfying when creating this yummy dessert!

A spoonful of blackberry cobbler.

Chopnotch Tips

  • This dump cake version of blackberry cobbler is simple to make, but it’s important to make sure the yellow cake mix and butter are well combined in the texture of crumbs before adding the blackberries.
  • Keep an eye on the oven around to 25-minute mark. If it’s golden brown on top, you know it’s done. Baking times do vary from oven to oven.
  • Let the cobbler sit for at least 15 minutes before serving because it will be extremely hot inside.
  • Some people like to roll the blackberries in a little sugar before adding them. You can do this if you want a sweeter flavor.
Close up of blackberry cobbler finished in a baking dish.

A blackberry cobbler with cake mix always makes a delicious treat. Whether you choose to pair it with whipped cream or ice cream, everyone will enjoy this hearty homemade dessert.

Let us know what you think! Give this recipe a rating in the comments section below.


How to Make

Blackberry Cobbler with Cake Mix

This quick and easy cobbler recipe takes mere minutes to prepare and the result is a rich, hearty and tasty dessert.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 cups fresh blackberries
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
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  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Take a mixing bowl and empty the cake mix into it. Add butter and mix until the cake mix resembles cornmeal.
  • After that, take a 9x13 inch glass baking dish, spread berries, and sprinkle crumb topping over them evenly.
  • Now place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until berries are tender and the topping is golden brown.
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  • It's important to make sure the yellow cake mix and butter are well combined in the texture of crumbs before adding the blackberries.
  • Keep an eye on the oven around to 25-minute mark. If it’s golden brown on top, you know it’s done. Baking times do vary from oven to oven.
  • Let the cobbler sit for at least 15 minutes before serving because it will be extremely hot inside.
  • Roll the blackberries in sugar before adding them, if you want a sweeter flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 167kcal (8%), Carbohydrates: 7g (2%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 16g (25%), Saturated Fat: 10g (63%), Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg (14%), Sodium: 137mg (6%), Potassium: 122mg (3%), Fiber: 4g (17%), Sugar: 4g (4%), Vitamin A: 627IU (13%), Vitamin C: 15mg (18%), Calcium: 26mg (3%), Iron: 1mg (6%)
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  1. What do you recommend the temp of the oven be set at? 460? 375? 400?

    • Hi James, the oven should be set at 375°F.

  2. 4 stars
    I always add 1/4 cup of half and half. Otherwise a great recipe.

    • The half and half sounds like a great addition! Thanks for sharing!

  3. First time making this. Hubby brought home fresh berries. So, don't butter dish before adding berries? Thank you , i love you're recipes. My go to place when I'm lost😁

    • Hi Alisha, yes that is correct. Thank you for the kind words! I hope you love this recipe!

  4. can you cook your blackberries with sugar first ?

    • Hi Donna, thanks for your question! The blackberries should not be cooked with the sugar before going into the oven. They will come out perfect after about 30 minutes in the oven!

  5. Can you use salted butter instead of unsalted?

    • Hi Sophia, you can certainly use salted butter. Totally up to you!

  6. This sounds so good. Can I use white cake mix instead of yellow?

    • Hi Marissa, yes you can! Let me know how it turns out!!

  7. 5 stars
    I love this recipe n will make always. I also make cake box cookies. 2 eggs 1/2cup oil 1 cake box,( any flavor). Thanks

    • Glad you love it! And I totally agree about the cookies. I just love the texture of them so much when made that way!

  8. So I can use blueberries, even peaches??

    • Yes and yes!

      • 5 stars
        I got the recipe from my mother-in-law in 1972. It is delicious.Good to see the post.

      • That is amazing! Yes, so good!!