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With a sweet, fruity filling and a buttery golden crust, this Blackberry Cobbler takes a basic cobbler beyond an everyday dessert.
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Table of Contents
  1. Easy Blackberry Cobbler
  2. What is Blackberry Cobbler?
  3. Old Fashioned Dessert
  4. Why We Love This Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
  5. Ingredients / Shopping List
  6. How To Make Blackberry Cobbler
  7. Variations / Options / Add-In's
  8. Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Fruit Desserts
  11. Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

With a sweet, fruity filling and a buttery golden crust, this Blackberry Cobbler takes a classic cobbler beyond an everyday dessert. Quick, easy, and made with only 5 ingredients (including a cake mix), it’s a simple, “piece of cake” recipe that tastes delightfully gourmet.

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Easy Blackberry Cobbler

There are so many amazing cobbler recipes that I’ve made over the years, but none as easy and uncomplicated as this Blackberry Cobbler. It’s time to leave your standard version in the recipe box and rethink the way you bake your berries (we based this version off of the famous Pioneer Woman Blackberry Cobbler recipe, but with a cake mix). 

This cobbler makeover is so simple, it may be the most deliciously straightforward mix between blackberry cake and gooey cobbler, but without all the fuss. No mixing bowls required!

What is Blackberry Cobbler?

Blackberry Cobbler is a traditional Southern summer dessert, made with sweet, juicy berries that are bursting with flavor.

While this may not be your conventional recipe, it makes a similar treat that is just as mouthwatering, only mine is made with merely 5 ingredients. Cake mix, blackberries, sugar, milk, and butter–so ridiculously simple and only takes 10 quick minutes to prepare.

blackberry cobbler in a wooden spoon

Old Fashioned Dessert

Blackberry cobbler is my favorite summer indulgence. I love the contrast of the tart blackberries paired with the sweet and crunchy topping. Fresh from the oven, there is nothing quite like a bite of warm, fruity berries tucked under a buttery, golden crust. Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s total perfection and a deliciously divine dessert.

Why We Love This Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

  • Easy to make with only 5 ingredients
  • Quick to prepare
  • Cake mix hack
  • Full of delicious summer fruit
  • Bakes in one pan–no mixing bowl required
  • A versatile recipe that can be made with a variety of different fruits or cake mixes
  • Fresh and bright
  • Rich and flavorful taste
  • Berries have so many health benefits; they are full of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber
blackberry cobbler in a bowl

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Frozen blackberries: You can use fresh blackberries if you prefer. 
  • Light brown sugar: Dark brown sugar or granulated sugar can be substituted. 
  • Box butter pecan cake mix: You can also use a spice cake mix if you like more spice flavor or white or yellow cake mix if you like less.
  • Whole milk: Any milk can be substituted for the whole milk in this recipe.
  • Salted butter: I used salted butter for more flavor, but feel free to also use unsalted butter.
  • Optional: Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

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How To Make Blackberry Cobbler

Five ingredients, 10 minutes from start to oven, and just a little bit of baking patience is all you need to make this delicious dessert.

Place the frozen blackberries and brown sugar into a greased 9×13 inch pan and stir to combine. Gently separate the blackberries so that they are evenly distributed on the bottom of the pan.

frozen blackberries at the bottom of the baking pan

Sprinkle the cake mix over the frozen berries and smooth gently with the back of a spoon.

pour cake mix on top of the blackberries

Pour the milk and butter over the cake mix as evenly as possible.

pour milk and butter into the pan

Gently tilt the pan back and forth until all of the milk and butter cover any exposed dry cake mix.

Gently tilt the pan back and forth until all of the milk and butter cover any exposed dry cake mix

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the berries underneath are bubbling slightly.

baked blackberry cobbler in a pan

Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm and top with whipped cream or ice cream for an extra sweet treat.

blackberry cobbler with ice cream in a bowl

Variations / Options / Add-In’s

  • Crust: If you don’t have a box of cake mix, you can use regular pie crust strips. It does change the taste and texture, but it is still delicious.
  • Canned: If you do not have frozen or fresh berries, you can use canned berries.
  • Fruit Filling: Feel free to change the berry flavor based on your cravings. Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries make great alternatives.

Tips

  • If you use frozen berries in this recipe, be sure to add them when they’re frozen. If you let them thaw, they’ll be mushy and the consistency will be off.
  • Let the cobbler sit for at least 10-15 minutes before serving because it will be extremely hot inside.
blackberry cobbler in a bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I make the cake batter according to the box directions first?

Do not make the mix according to the box directions! Just sprinkle the dry cake mix right into your dish over the frozen berries.

Can I make this dessert ahead?

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

What should I serve with it?

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

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, feel free to 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 taste 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.

Can I freeze blackberry cobbler?

We would suggest if you are planning to freeze this simple recipe to use later, do so without adding the butter on top. Place the cut-up pieces of butter on top only just before you are ready to bake it.

blackberry cobbler with ice cream in a bowl

Other Easy Fruit Desserts

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4.50 from 2 votes
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Blackberry Cobbler

Serves — 10
With a sweet, fruity filling and a buttery golden crust, this Blackberry Cobbler takes a basic cobbler beyond an everyday dessert.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 16-ounces bag frozen blackberries
  • ½ cup light brown sugar not packed
  • 1 15.2-ounces box butter pecan cake mix
  • ¾ cup whole milk at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) salted butter melted
  • Optional garnishes: Whipped cream, vanilla ice cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Place the frozen blackberries and brown sugar into the 9×13 inch pan and stir to combine. Gently separate the blackberries so that they are evenly distributed on the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix over the frozen berries and smooth gently with the back of a spoon.
  • Pour the milk and butter over the cake mix as evenly as possible. Gently tilt the pan back and forth until all of the milk and butter cover any exposed dry cake mix.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the berries underneath are bubbling slightly.
  • Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream, optional.

Jenn’s Notes

  • If you use frozen berries in this recipe, be sure to add them when they’re frozen. If you let them thaw, they’ll be mushy and the consistency will be off.
  • Let the cobbler sit for at least 10-15 minutes before serving because it will be extremely hot inside.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 552IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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