Easy Cherry Cobbler With Cake Mix Recipe

This cherry cobbler with cake mix recipe is the best and easiest way to make this classic cherry dessert. Everyone is going to love the tender sweet-tart cherry filling and crumbly, buttery topping.

a bowl of cherry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.

Top your cake mix cobbler with fresh whipped cream or a big scoop of homemade ice cream for the perfect dessert.

The flavors are exactly what you’d hope for in a cherry cobbler: sweet, tart, buttery, and rich. The best part? This cherry cobbler is made with cake mix and canned cherry pie filling, so it’s beyond easy to make. Stir together a few simple ingredients, layer everything in a pan, and let the oven do the rest of the work. It’s one of the easiest dump cake recipes and it makes a delicious dessert.

Why You’re Going to Love This Easy Cherry Cobbler Recipe

  • It’s Super Simple. This recipe uses smart shortcuts like a box of cake mix, and canned cherries. We suggest enjoying it with a scoop of ice cream on top.
  • But Not Too Simple. We’ve seen recipes for 3-ingredient cherry cobbler, but I’ve made this a 5 ingredient recipe instead. The recipe is still just as easy, but it has more flavor and texture than those other cobblers do. It’s one of our favorite desserts and a go-to when we have a sweet tooth.
  • Perfect for Sharing. Take this easy cake mix cherry cobbler to a backyard party, a holiday mixer, or a potluck – it’s sure to be a hit!

If you like this fun shortcut dessert, you should also try my Crockpot Peach Cobbler With Cake Mix. Same concept, even easier preparation!

the ingredients needed to make cherry cobbler with cake mix, oats, frozen cherries, and cherry pie filling.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Cherry Pie Filling – Use two 21-ounce cans of cherry pie filling. Choose your favorite can of cherry pie filling. This recipe will even work with low sugar pie filling if that’s your preference.
  • Fresh or Frozen Cherries – Cherry halves add a fresh, vibrant cherry flavor that makes this cobbler taste amazing! If you’re using fresh cherries, be sure to remove the pits.
  • Vanilla Cake Mix – One standard box of vanilla cake mix is the base for the cobbler topping. You can use almost any boxed cake mix. White cake mix works too. No need to add eggs or oil to it, we’ll use it straight from the package.
  • Old Fashioned Oats – To add extra texture and crunch to the cobbler. Old fashioned oats, or quick oats will both work in this recipe.
  • Salted Butter – Butter adds moisture and richness and helps to create the crumble topping.

For the complete list of ingredients and instructions on how to make cherry cobbler with cake mix, please see the recipe below.

baked cherry cobbler with cake mix in a rectangle pan.

Storage Instructions

Keep your cherry cobbler covered tightly with plastic wrap or place it into an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze this cherry cobbler with cake mix for up to 3 months! Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave or oven.


Does Cherry Cobbler Need to Be Refrigerated?

I think that the amount of sugar in the cherry pie filling will keep this dessert fresh for a day or two at room temperature, but I prefer to store leftover cherry cobbler in the refrigerator. Individual servings can be reheated in the microwave in less than a minute.

Can I make this in a slow cooker?

You can! Simply layer the ingredients into your slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours, or until the cobbler is bubbly.

Expert Recipe Tips

  • Let the cobbler cool – While you might be tempted to dig in right away, you should give the cherry cobbler a few minutes to cool down first. This will help to set the filling, and avoid any burned mouths!
  • Use your favorite cake mix – I’m using Better Crocker Super Moist Vanilla cake, but any vanilla-flavored cake mix will work. We haven’t tried this dessert recipe with sugar-free cake mix. If we do, we will update the post.
  • Use fresh cherries when they’re in season, and choose frozen ones when they aren’t. Either way, they add a fresh, vibrant flavor and texture to this dessert that you don’t want to leave out.
  • This recipe uses two cans of pie filling and fills a large baking dish. You can also make this recipe with 1 can of pie filling, in a 9×9-inch baking dish. You’ll have a larger cobbler-to-fruit ratio this way.
a hand grabbing a bowl of cake mix cherry cobbler.

Cherry Cobbler With Ice Cream

I highly suggest that you serve this cherry cobbler with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or sweet cream ice cream would be delicious.

For an even bigger cherry flavor, try cake mix cherry cobbler with cherry gelato! Don’t have ingredients for the topping, you can used crushed healthy granola bars instead.

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a bowl of cherry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.

Easy Cherry Cobbler With Cake Mix Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Cherry Cobbler with Cake Mix is a delicious and easy dessert featuring juicy cherries topped with a crisp and buttery topping.


  • 2 large cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup pitted, halved cherries (either fresh or frozen)
  • 1 box (13.25 ounces) vanilla cake mix
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick baking spray. 
  2. Add the cherry pie filling to the baking dish and spread it into an even layer. Spread the halved cherries evenly over the pie filling.  cherry pie filling in a white baking dish
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the vanilla cake mix and oats. Add the melted butter and stir until the mixture forms large clumps and the butter is fully incorporated. cherry cobbler topping in a bowl
  4. Sprinkle the cobbler topping over the cherry layer, making sure to cover the cherries as evenly as possible. cherry cobbler uncooked in a white baking dish
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the cherries are bubbly and the cobbler is golden brown.cooked cherry cobbler in a baking dish
  6. Allow the cobbler to cool for 10 minutes before serving– this will help set the filling. Enjoy as is or topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • Use fresh cherries when they're in season, and choose frozen ones when they aren't. Either way, they add a fresh, vibrant flavor and texture to this dessert that you don't want to leave out.
  • This recipe uses two cans of pie filling and fills a large baking dish. You can also make this recipe with 1 can of pie filling, in a 9x9-inch baking dish. You'll have a larger cobbler-to-fruit ratio this way.
  • Serve this cobbler with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream or cherry gelato.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 728mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 3gSugar: 48gProtein: 5g

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