Blueberry Cobbler With Cake Mix

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Blueberry cobbler with cake mix can be a fun dessert that is perfect for summer. It requires almost no work, but tastes great. This blueberry cobbler has a cake mix in it. When I first heard about this, I was very confused. I already had a delicious recipe for blueberry cobbler and it didn’t call for cake mix, so why would anyone add this sweet addition? Because it’s delicious! You can even make this recipe with any cake mix you like.

Easy Blueberry Cobbler With Cake Mix

Easy Blueberry Cobbler With Cake Mix

Prep:15 mins

Cook:55 mins

Total:70 mins

Servings:8 to 12 servings

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
420Calories
23gFat
53gCarbs
3gProtein

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)SAVE RECIPE

Blueberries are the ultimate summer berry. For a few weeks each summer, many desserts are made with these tasty berries. What makes this recipe for easy blueberry cobbler so easy is that it’s made with a cake mix. Prep time is a mere 15 minutes. Simply make the blueberry mixture, then dump the flavor of cake mix you desire on top and bake. You could use frozen blueberries in this recipe as well.

It’s the perfect dessert to throw together for a family dinner, picnic, or get-together. Serve warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 (18-ounce) box vanilla, yellow, or white cake mix
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted

Steps to Make It

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  1. Gather the ingredients. Ingredients for easy blueberry cobbler with cake mix recipe gathered
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.Greased baking dish
  3. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and flour.Stir together the sugar and flour in a saucepan
  4. Add the lemon juice and the water stir to combine.Add the lemon juice and water to the sugar and flour mixture
  5. Next, stir in the blueberries. Turn the heat on to medium-high. Keep stirring the blueberries until the mixture boils.Stir the blueberries in the pot
  6. Pour the blueberry mixture into the prepared pan.Blueberries in a baking dish
  7. Sprinkle the top with the cake mix and pecans.Cake mix and pecans sprinkled on top of the blueberries in the baking dish
  8. Drizzle the butter over the top. Cover as much of the cake mix as possible.Drizzle butter on top of the cake mix and pecans
  9. Bake for 55 minutes or until blueberries have bubbled up through the mix topping.Easy Blueberry Cobbler With Cake Mix

Recipe Variations

  • Add a refreshing twist of lemon flavor by using a lemon cake mix instead.
  • Change up the fruits: Add other fruits in with the blueberries, such as raspberries and/or blackberries, or in place of blueberries, try blackberries, pineapple, or even cherries. 

Tip

In the summertime, bake this in the morning. Leave it out to cool. Heat individual servings of this Easy Blueberry Cobbler in the microwave for 30 seconds or less, depending on your appliance.

How to Store Blueberry Cobbler

Store this blueberry cobbler in the refrigerator for up to three days. Make sure to cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or put any leftover cobbler in an airtight container. 

Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake

The EASIEST 3-Ingredient Blueberry Dump Cake!

Have you heard of blueberry dump cake? It’s a super easy and delicious way to do blueberry cobbler with cake mix, blueberries and butter! This blueberry cobbler dump cake is perfect for when you need a quick & easy dessert.

The best recipe for blueberry cobbler with cake mix!

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of the term “dump cake.” It’s a big turn off, and is NOT an appetizing term to say the least.

However, this Blueberry Dump Cake recipe is absolutely delicious and is as easy as dumping everything into a baking dish. I prefer to call this blueberry cobbler with cake mix, as it sounds much more appetizing!

Whatever you call this recipe, I think we can all agree that this 3 ingredient blueberry cobbler is the easiest blueberry dessert around!

Made with just blueberries, melted butter and a white or yellow cake mix, it comes together quicker than the time it takes for the oven to preheat. The perfect dessert idea to have in your back pocket.

HERE’S HOW THIS SIMPLE, DELICIOUS BLUEBERRY DUMP CAKE COMES TOGETHER:

2-photo collage with cake mix in bowl, with melted butter and other side is cake mix crumbles.

STEP 1: ADD MELTED BUTTER TO A WHITE OR YELLOW CAKE MIX

First things first, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Start by melting the butter in the microwave or in a sauce pan. In a medium mixing bowl, add a white or yellow cake mix and add the melted butter.

Using a fork, mix together the cake mix and butter until crumbly.

Can I use a Sugar-free cake mix to make blueberry dump cake?

Yes. Using a sugar free cake mix is a great way to make this simple dessert without excess sugar. Here are a few sugar free cake mixes that would be great in this recipe:

  • ZenSweet Sugar Free Vanilla Bean Cake Mix
  • Swerve Sweets Sugar Free Cake Mix (Chocolate and Vanilla)
  • Keto Queen Kreations Sugar Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • Pillsbury Moist Supreme Sugar Free Yellow Cake Mix

Can I use a lemon cake mix for blueberry dump cake?

Yes. Using a lemon cake mix would add a wonderful lemon flavor to this dessert.

Blueberries in oval baking dish with cake mix crumbles, and photo of completed blueberry cake mix cobbler.

STEP 2: ADD BLUEBERRIES TO A BAKING DISH AND SPRINKLE THE CAKE MIX CRUMBLES ON TOP

To a medium-sized baking dish (you can also use a 9×9″ baking dish or pan), add fresh or frozen blueberries. Frozen berries are a great option when fresh blueberries are out of season.

Next, sprinkle the cake mix crumbles over the top of the berries.

Feel free to use your hands to pinch together the crumbles. You’ll want to have a rocky, gravel-like texture. The less-powdery, the better.

Do you stir dump cake?

No. It is best to not stir dump cake together. Keep the fruit on the bottom and the cake mix crumbles on the top so everything bakes evenly.

Photo of baked blueberry dump cake, and close up photo of blueberry dump cake with spoon serving out cobbler.

STEP 3: BAKE THE BLUEBERRY COBBLER WITH CAKE MIX

Once the cake mix crumbles are on top of the berries, the blueberry dump cake can go right into the preheated oven.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-33 minutes or until the cake mix crumbles become golden brown.

Close up image of blueberry cobbler with cake mix topping. Spoon is on the side.

STEP 4: SERVE WARM AND ENJOY!

This blueberry cobbler dump cake will smell absolutely divine once it comes out of the oven. Let the dessert cool for a few minutes, and then spoon into individual bowls.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and extra fresh blueberries.

Blueberry dump cake in baking dish with container of vanilla ice cream and individual servings with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

FAQ’s for How to Make Blueberry Dump Cake:

CAN YOU JUST ADD BLUEBERRIES TO CAKE MIX? 

Not really. Just dumping a cake mix over the top of blueberries will render a powdery, undesirable consistency. I would not recommend it.

CAN I ADD FROZEN BERRIES TO CAKE MIX?

Yes, you can use frozen berries when making blueberry dump cake. Add blueberries to the bottom of a baking dish, then top with a cake mix that has been mixed with melted butter.

SHOULD I REFRIGERATE DUMP CAKE?

Yes, you should refrigerate any dump cake leftovers. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

HOW LONG CAN A DUMP CAKE SIT OUT UN-REFRIGERATED?

Any dump cake can sit out un-refrigerated for a few hours. If you have leftovers, be sure to store in an airtight container, or cover baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

CAN I USE BLUEBERRY PIE FILLING INSTEAD OF FRESH OR FROZEN BLUEBERRIES FOR A DUMP CAKE?

Yes, you could use blueberry pie filling. For the amount of cake mix crumble, you will need (2) two cans of pie filling.

Easy Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

My Blueberry Cobbler is an easy recipe made with cake mix! This is basically a dump cake because that’s what you do: dump the ingredients in the pan and it tastes like the best blueberry cobbler you’ll ever eat!

This post is sponsored by Challenge Dairy because when you make a recipe with only 4 ingredients you want to use the best, and Challenge is my favorite butter.

overhead shot of blueberry cobbler in pan with slice missing

Whether you call this a cobbler recipe or a dump cake, either way you should call it delicious. The juicy berries and thick pie filling are coated with a sweet topping that’s soft and crunchy and so, so good.

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

This recipe is perfect by itself or served with ice cream. We love it all year long but dump cakes like this are especially great in summer because they feed a crowd.

blueberry cobbler ala mode on gray plate with challenge butter box behind

What is Cobbler/Dump Cake?

Blueberry cobbler and dump cake are very similar. A cobbler is a baked dessert with fruit topped with a batter, biscuit or dumpling.

A dump cake starts with fruit and involves “dumping” a cake mix over the top, adding butter, and then baking. It bakes up with a crunchy and soft topping, much like a cobbler.

Ingredients to make Blueberry Cobbler

There are only 4 ingredients in this easy recipe:

  • Blueberry Pie Filling
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Cake Mix
  • Butter

As always when you’re making a recipe with just a few ingredients, you want to use the best tasting ones so that your dish turns out amazing.

challenge butter box in front of white casserole dish

As always, I used Challenge Unsalted Butter in this recipe. Challenge Butter is my favorite butter and (if you’ve been around long enough you’ll already know) it’s the only butter I ate growing up.

Challenge Dairy is a cooperative with over 400 California-owned dairy farmers that raise happy cows without any added hormones or fillers, made the old fashioned way. Challenge Unsalted Butter was also selected as Cook’s Illustrated’s favorite among top-selling brands!

Challenge was founded more than 100 years ago and is available nationally so be sure to look for it!

When it comes to cake mix, use your favorite brand.

For fruit in this dump cake, I used 1 can of blueberry pie filling along with 2 cups of frozen blueberries. I wanted the mix of canned and fresh for that extra pop of flavor. (See the FAQ below for more tips about the filling.)

grated butter on white plate with challenge butter box behind

Butter Hack for Dump Cakes

I’ve been making dump cakes like this for years and I recently discovered this simple hack that makes the cake bake up much easier.

You see, to make a cobbler with cake mix, you dump all the ingredients in a pan and spread the butter over the top. The butter melts as the cake bakes and moistens all the cake mix, so it needs to be spread evenly.

I’ve done this by slicing the butter and melting the butter, but my favorite way is this simple hack: FREEZING and GRATING the butter!

I simply freeze my butter for about 30 minutes before making the dessert, then grate it with my simple box grater. It’s so much easier to spread shredded butter over the top than slices!

How to assemble the cobbler

Again – this is a dump it and bake it cake!

Dump your pie filling and berries in a pan.

Dump the cake mix on top.

Sprinkle the shredded butter evenly.

Bake.

It really is that easy!

Blueberry Cobbler FAQ

Can I use fresh blueberries?

Yes, you can substitute fresh berries for the 2 cups of frozen.

Do I have to use pie filling?

Yes, otherwise the berries would need sugar and thickener. Stick to one can of pie filling mixed with the fresh fruit for best results.

Can I use other fruit or pie filling?

Yes! It is really easy to vary this recipe to your liking. You can use ANY pie filling combined with 2-3 cups of fresh, frozen, or canned fruit.

My cake is still powdery during baking. Help!

This happens sometimes if the butter didn’t melt and spread evenly. I like to check my cobbler halfway through baking, and if I see it’s powdery, then I’ll add a little more butter or spray it with nonstick cooking spray on those sections.

How do you store cobbler?

It’s best to store this covered in the refrigerator but it tastes best room temperature (or even warm).

How do you serve dump cake?

Serve this plain or with ice cream on top!

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