Easy Peach Cobbler with Cake Mix – Our easy peach cobbler with cake mix or “dump cake” combines simple ingredients. Canned peaches, brown sugar, store-bought cake mix, and butter create a no-fuss summer dessert ready to serve in about an hour; it’s so easy it’s almost effortless!
CAN YOU MAKE PEACH COBBLER WITH CAKE MIX?
You sure can, and it’s perfect for when you’re craving dessert and don’t want to set aside a ton of time to prepare it. Cake mix peach cobbler is one of the easiest desserts you will ever make. The best part? Get the whole family involved, especially the little ones, and make it a family-friendly activity!
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
- Peaches: Use three cans of sliced peaches to make our easy peach cobbler recipe; I drain two cans and leave the last one as is for added moisture. You can substitute with 4-5 fresh peaches if you prefer.
- Lemon Juice: Lemon juice complements the sweet peaches perfectly.
- Sugar: Brown sugar and nutmeg flavor the easy peach cobbler with cake mix. Use a sugar alternative like Monk Fruit if you prefer something lighter.
- Cake Mix: You can use a homemade cake mix, but this recipe is for a quick and easy peach cobbler, so I reach for the store-bought Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix. I prefer a yellow cake mix because it has a denser texture and a more pronounced custard-like flavor.
- Butter: Cover the cake mix with tabs of butter for needed moisture.
HOW TO MAKE EASY PEACH COBBLER WITH CAKE MIX
The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Then, combine canned peaches, lemon juice, brown sugar, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl; pour it into a prepared baking dish.
Top the peach mixture with the contents of the yellow cake mix.
Cut the stick of butter into tabs and cover the cake mix; bake for 30-45 minutes.
Let the cobbler cool for at least 20 minutes, then serve it with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream, and enjoy!
- If using fresh peaches, select yellow peaches and not white ones. The outside of the peach should feel soft but firm. If you end up with overly ripe peaches, adjust the sugar in the recipe accordingly and consider using less.
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I’d wager a bet that most people associate Peach Cobbler with dessert. However, cobbler is a great addition to savory meals like beef ribs, so I included it in an article about what to serve with ribs. Here are some ideas for serving peach cobbler:
- The combination of warm, gooey peach cobbler and cold, creamy vanilla ice cream is a match made in heaven.
- Another classic topping is whipped cream; you can use store-bought whipped cream or make your own by combining heavy cream with sugar and vanilla extract.
- Drizzle caramel sauce over the top of the cobbler.
- Serve the cobbler with fresh berries, like strawberries, blueberries, or whatever is in season.
- A cup of coffee or tea can be a great accompaniment to balance out the sweetness.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS
- Refrigerate – Cobbler is best enjoyed warm, but if you end up with leftovers, they will keep for 4-5 days; store them in an airtight container for best results.
- Reheat – If you’re warming up an individual serving, use the microwave or air fryer. To reheat the whole cobbler, I recommend using the oven. First, allow the cobbler to come to room temperature, then bake the leftovers in the oven for 20 minutes at 350°F (176°C).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you use frozen peaches?
Yes – preparing frozen peaches in your cobbler recipe is possible, but they release more liquid than canned or fresh peaches. To avoid ending up with a runny cobbler, add a teaspoon of cornstarch when you d the sugar and lemon juice; this will thicken the mixture and help absorb any excess moisture.
Can I eat peach cobbler cold?
Whether you serve cobbler piping hot or refreshingly cold, the dessert is delicious! Plus, have you ever had a cold peach cobbler for breakfast? What a game-changer!
What is the difference between a dump cake and a cobbler?
Dump cakes and cobblers are baked desserts made with fruit and a topping but differ in preparation and toppings. Our cake mix peach cobbler combines the two methods, but here are some differences.
A dump cake is typically made by “dumping” a can of fruit filling into a baking dish, followed by a dry cake mix and butter. The ingredients bake together, creating a dessert with a crispy, crumbly topping, and gooey fruit filling.
In contrast, cobbler usually has a biscuit-like topping made from flour, sugar, butter, and milk or cream. The fruit is typically mixed with sugar and spices and placed on the bottom of a baking dish, with the biscuit topping spooned over.
Do I have to peel peaches for peach cobbler?
If you are using fresh peaches, then peeling the peaches beforehand is highly recommended, especially if you have a texture issue with the skin. However, by slicing the peaches thin, the peel will practically dissolve as it cooks, making it barely noticeable. Ultimately, whether to peel or not is a matter of personal preference, and either way, the cobbler will still turn out deliciously sweet and satisfying.
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Easy Peach Cobbler with Cake Mix
- 3 cans sliced peaches, drain 2 cans and leave the other as is
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 box yellow cake mix, 16-ounce
- 1 stick butter, cut into tabs
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (176° C). Then, combine canned peaches, lemon juice, brown sugar, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl; pour it into a prepared baking dish.
- Top the peach mixture with the contents of the yellow cake mix.
- Cut the stick of butter into tabs and cover the cake mix; bake for 30-45 minutes.
- Let the cobbler cool for at least 20 minutes, then serve it with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream, and enjoy!