This cherry cobbler with cake mix recipe is a quick, easy dessert your entire family will love. Cherry pie filling, boxed cake mix, and melted butter come together to curb your cherry pie cravings in under an hour!
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Does the warmer weather have you craving all things cherry? We've got you covered!
This quick and easy cherry cobbler with cake is the EASIEST way to enjoy cherry cobbler flavor without the fuss of pitting fresh cherries or making a cobbler from scratch. Simply dump, bake, and enjoy!
Cherry is such a wonderful flavor in desserts! If you agree, you're going to love these chocolate cherry cookies.
To make this quick and easy cake mix cherry cobbler, you will need three simple ingredients. Here's what you need to get at the store:
- Canned Cherry Pie Filling: This is the base of the recipe, so make sure you pick a brand you LOVE!
- Boxed Cake Mix: Vanilla is ideal for this recipe as it allows the flavors of the cherries to shine!
- Butter: Use unsalted butter for this recipe and melt it. I have tested many dump cake recipes and prefer the results of melting butter before topping the cake mix.
- Optional Serving Garnishes: Vanilla ice cream and whipped topping will take this easy cherry dump cake recipe to the next level.
See the recipe card further down the page for the exact quantities you need.
Substitutions and Variations
Need to switch things up a bit? The following substitutions can be made:
- Cherry Pie Filling: The directions in this recipe are strictly for canned cherry pie filling. However, you can use canned cherries in syrup or homemade cherry pie filling instead.
- Boxed Cake Mix: This recipe calls for vanilla cake mix, but yellow, white, or french vanilla cake mix can be used instead.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it is literally dump-and-go! All you need to make this recipe is:
- Cooking Spray
- 9x13 pan
- Small bowl for melting butter
How to Make Cake Mix Cherry Cobbler
Now that you have all your ingredients and the equipment gathered, it's time to get started!
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F, the ideal temperature for making cherry cobbler because it allows everything to bake nice and slowly without over-browning the top.
Once the oven is preheated, prepare your 9x13 baking dish with a light coating of cooking spray. If preferred, you can also use a bit of butter to grease it up instead.
I have never had any issues with the bottom sticking but occasionally have trouble with the corners, so pay extra close attention to the corners!
Place the cherry pie filling into the prepared 9x13 baking pan making sure to evenly distribute them across the bottom.
I like to make sure the cherries extend into each corner to ensure each piece of easy cherry cobbler has a bite with delicious cherry filling.
Next, sprinkle the cake mix over the cherries. You can dump it right from the bag, but I like to use a little spoon and sprinkle it over evenly.
Try to spread it out as evenly as possible to prevent dry mounds from forming.
PRO TIP: Shake the pan a bit after adding the cake mix so it easily falls into open spaces.
Finally, pour the melted butter over the top. Using a liquid measuring cup to do this can give you a little more control. Cover as much of the cake mix as you can, but remember it doesn't have to be perfect. The butter will continue to spread and absorb as it bakes.
Place the prepared canned cherries into the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the peaches are nice and bubbly.
You will know when the easy cherry cobbler is done when the top is evenly browned. At this point, the cake mix should be mostly absorbed.
Remove from the oven and allow to set for a few minutes. You can enjoy this cherry dump cake recipe warm, room temperature, or cold!
How to Serve Cherry Cobbler Dump Cake
I like to serve this easy cherry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
I personally love it warm from the oven, but it is also great served at room temperature and even delicious when it is cold.
Store cake mix cherry cobbler at room temperature on the first day. After that cover it and keep it in the fridge for up to four days.
Expert Tips and FAQS
Ready to make your own cherry dump cake? Remember these tips:
- Spray the 9x13-inch dish before baking, paying special attention to the corners.
- Distribute the cherry filling evenly across the bottom of the baking dish.
- Shake the dish after adding the cake mix. This helps the excess cake mix fall into open places.
- Use a liquid measuring cup to evenly distribute the butter.
YES! I like to serve it warm with ice cream or whipped cream but you can make it ahead of time and store room temperature until ready to serve.
Cherry cobbler dump cake can be stored at room temperature on the first day, then covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Dump cake uses a cake mix whereas a cobbler has a homemade biscuit or pie crust topping.
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Cherry Cobbler with Cake Mix
- 2 21 ounce cans cherry pie filling
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 1 cup butter melted
- cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 pan with a light coating of cooking spray.
- Spread the cherry pie filling evenly across the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Carefully distribute the cake mix over the cherries in an even layer.
- Pour the melted butter over the cake mix.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.