You will never find a Berry Cobbler easier than this one! It only takes 5 minutes to put it together. Use frozen mixed berries and a bit of flour and sugar for the filling. A cake mix and butter are all you need for the topping! It’s a great last minute dessert that you can keep the ingredients on hand for all the time! Don’t skip serving this with vanilla ice cream. It’s not optional! 

berry cobbler recipe in a pan with spoon

Originally posted on June 29, 2012. Photos, commentary and recipe updated on June 25, 2020.

Eric woke me up early on Saturday morning to tell me that our upright freezer in the garage had been left ajar, there was water pouring out of it, and it was beeping loudly.

Nothing like a thawed out freezer to start your weekend off with a bang, right?? Gah!

berry cobbler with cake mix on a plate with ice cream

It really wasn’t that bad though. We are lucky and have 2 other smaller freezers, and were able to transfer almost everything over with some careful maneuvering. Good thing Eric used to play Tetris all the time as a kid. I swear that’s why he’s so good at fitting stuff into tight spaces.

berry cobbler in a pan

The reason there was water pouring out of the freezer was because we had bought a big bag of ice at the store in anticipation of making some homemade ice cream for Father’s day. When the door was left open, all the ice melted and Niagra Falls came pouring out the front.

easy berry cobbler in pan

Then I forgot to buy more ice, but still really wanted homemade ice cream. So on Father’s Day I made the ice cream using all the ice from our ice maker, which wasn’t nearly enough. I threw in all the Otter Pops we had, and then got desperate and threw in a bag of frozen peas too. (We don’t shop on Sundays so I was trying to be creative. Also, I don’t call myself a charlatan for nothing.) It worked! Kinda. I mean so what if we had to ladle our ice cream instead of scoop it? Don’t get picky on me, melty ice cream is still delicious.

mixed berry cobbler on a plate with ice cream

But back to the freezer rearrangements. The only thing we couldn’t manage to fit back in the freezer on Saturday was a few of those huge Costco size bags of mixed berries. They were mostly thawed out and needed to be used, so I decided berry cobbler was on the menu! It’s the perfect thing to make when your freezer breaks and you have a ton of berries to use up! This happens to you all the time, right??

How to make the easiest Berry Cobbler ever

This berry cobbler recipe is embarrassingly easy and SO delicious.

mixed frozen berries in a pan with lemon

First up, dump a bunch of berries in a cake pan. You don’t even need a separate bowl, I love it. You can use frozen berries, fresh berries, whatever you have. Mine were thawed obviously, but you can add them in completely frozen if you like.

I happened to have about a 1/2 cup of frozen cranberries from the freezer fiasco that I threw into my cobbler. Really any mix of berries is going to work!

Next add in a little bit of lemon zest and juice. This is optional but I really like the zing it adds to the final cobbler.

mixing dry ingredients into frozen mixed berries

Then add in some sugar, flour, and cornstarch to thicken it up. Mix it all together.

mixing butter into cake mix for berry cobbler

Then combine some melted butter with a dry yellow cake mix and spoon it over the top! You can also just dump the completely dry cake mix on top of the berries, and top with the melted butter. (You can also cut cold butter and sprinkle on top). Any way you do it will work great! This is why sometimes people call this a mixed berry “dump cake.” Literally all you have to do is dump in the ingredients and you’re done.

I posted this recipe the first time way back in 2012 and have the horrible picture to prove it. Here’s what Karen from 2012 had to say about this recipe:

Easy Berry Cobbler on a plate with ice cream and strawberries

“I have to say this is the best “cheater” cobbler recipe I’ve ever tried. Eric and I stayed at a bed and breakfast a while back and they served this in the morning. I’d never heard of cobbler for breakfast but I was definitely not complaining. After I went back for thirds I finally decided to track down the cook, and she spouted the recipe off the top of her head.

This is a great last minute recipe because you can easily keep all these ingredients on hand. That way you don’t have to run to the store if you want to make it. Because I’m all about planning ahead for my unplanned dessert cravings.”

berry cobbler on a plate with strawberries and ice cream

So there you have it! This is not a fancy recipe by any means, and if you are having the Queen of England over for dinner maybe pick a from-scratch cobbler. But since I don’t think the Queen is coming by my house anytime soon, I will take a cake mix berry cobbler for dessert any day!! It’s so good!

Just make sure you serve it with vanilla ice cream. We took this cobbler over to our neighbor’s pool party later in the afternoon after we got our freezer put back together, but didn’t have any ice cream. (I hadn’t made it yet!) Eric didn’t have cobbler because he said it’s just not even worth it without the ice cream. He had some later when the ice cream was made! Should I share my homemade vanilla ice cream recipe next? It’s the best part about summer! Just make sure you have real ice and don’t use frozen peas. It really doesn’t work great. Ha!

frozen berry cobbler with spoon

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The Easiest Berry Cobbler You'll Ever Make

Serves 8     adjust servings

You will never find a Berry Cobbler easier than this one! It only takes 5 minutes to put it together. Use frozen mixed berries and a bit of flour and sugar for the filling. A cake mix and butter are all you need for the topping! It's a great last minute dessert that you can keep the ingredients on hand for all the time! Don't skip serving this with vanilla ice cream. It's not optional! 


For the berry filling

  • 2 pounds mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  • zest from 1 lemon, optional
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the topping

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a 9x13 inch pan, add the frozen or fresh berries. If they are frozen there is no need to thaw. Add the zest of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  3. Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Stir the dry ingredients into the berries.*
  4. In a separate bowl, melt the butter. Add the dry cake mix and stir slightly, it's okay if there are some dry spots. Spoon the mixture over the top of the berries. (You can also opt to spread the dry cake mix directly over the top of the berries and drizzle the melted butter on top.)
  5. Bake the cobbler at 350 degrees F for about 40-50 minutes, until the top starts to turn golden and the berries are bubbly.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
  7. Store leftovers covered on the counter for 2 days. After that store in the fridge.


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