Easy Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

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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.

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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.

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.

Learn how to make this easy cobbler recipe – you will love it!

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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.

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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.)

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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!

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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!

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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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No matter what fruit you use, you’ll love this recipe, especially the flavor of that buttery crumble topping!

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Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake

This easy Blueberry Cobbler made with cake mix is the perfect potluck dessert with just 4 ingredients.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons Challenge Unsalted Butter
  • 1 21 ounce can blueberry pie filling
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries or frozen, thawed
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (approximately 15 ounces)

Instructions

  • Tip: place sticks of butter in the freezer for at least 15 minutes. Then use a grater grate the butter so that it spreads easily over the top of the cake.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Pour pie filling and blueberries in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Top with powdered cake mix.
  • Grate the frozen butter evenly over the top of the cake mix. (Grating the butter gives easier and better coverage.)
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature with ice cream. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Note: check the cobbler halfway through baking. If there are any sections of cake that are still powdery after all the butter is melted, add a bit more butter or spray these areas with nonstick cooking spray.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberry, butter, cobbler, dump cake
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Easy Blueberry Cobbler is an easy recipe made with cake mix and pie filling along with fresh blueberries. The blueberry filling cooks up thick and rich and the crumble topping is sweet and crunchy with lots of buttery flavor.

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  1. This is insanely good! I was literally moaning with each and every bite. Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipe!