This Cake Mix Peach Cobbler recipe is such an easy peach dessert where you quite literally dump the ingredients and bake! With a golden brown buttery top, and sweet, gooey peach filling with warm spices, it's the perfect dessert for an any time of year peach cobbler craving.
Just a few simple pantry ingredients are needed to make this easy peach cobbler recipe:
- Yellow box cake mix: yellow cake mix is the way to go because of its rich buttery flavor. This is used as the cobbler topping.
- Canned peaches: regular canned peaches in heavy syrup. Don't be weary when you see canned peaches, they have all the same nutrients as fresh regular peaches (although are stored in a sugary syrup which if that worries you get the light syrup or peaches in juice). More on this here.
- Salted butter: salted butter is used in this recipe because the salt helps balance the sweetness.
- Spices: a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg gives this recipe a warming flavor.
To make this peach cobbler dump cake, instead of....
- Cake mix: you can substitute white cake mix instead of yellow. Or even spice cake mix would be delicious.
- Canned peaches in syrup: canned peaches in light syrup or canned peaches in juice also work but the end result will be a bit more liquidy. I suggest mixing 1 tablespoon corn starch in with the peaches if you go this route.
- Salted butter: unsalted butter is fine but I suggest adding ½ teaspoon salt and mixing into the peaches.
- Spices: cinnamon and nutmeg are the classics, but adding some cardamom would also be great.
Step by step instructions
Cake mix cobbler recipe is one of the easiest desserts I've ever made – you basically just dump and bake!
1. Dump the peaches. Dump 2 full cans of peaches and their liquid into an 11x7 baking casserole dish. For the 3rd can, separate the peaches and their juice and use only the peaches - add to the baking dish.
2. Add the spices. To the peaches, add the 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon nutmeg. Mix to combine.
3. Dump the cake mix. Right on top of your peaches, add the cake mix and spread into an even, flat layer.
4. Add the butter. Melt the 1 ½ stick of salted butter and pour the fully melted butter evenly on top of the cake mix. Use a spatula as needed to try to cover as much of the dry cake mix as you can.
5. Bake. Bake the cobbler at 350F for 40-50 minutes until deeply golden brown and the edges are bubbly.
Tips and tricks
This simple peach cobbler recipe is pretty no-fail, but below are some pro tips to help make sure it goes off without a hitch.
- Preheat the oven before you start! That way you can put it in right when you’re done.
- Only prep this right before you’re about to bake it. You don’t want the liquid to absorb into the cake mix too much before it has a chance to enter the oven.
- Spread the butter evenly – it won’t be perfect but do your best to make sure there aren’t any dry patches of cake mix before you bake.
- Alternate butter method – some people slice the butter really thinly and lay it across the surface, I tried this but found that it was really easy to get dry spots of cake mix after baking. So if you try this method just make sure that the butter is covering just about every inch of cake mix by slicing it into really small pieces, and you're using cold butter so it slices easily.
- Add brown sugar – if you want to up the sweetness even more, sprinkle some brown sugar over the dry cake mix before adding the butter.
- If you want a thicker peach base, add 1-2 tablespoon of corn starch to the peaches when you mix in the cinnamon.
- Let it cool slightly to room temperature before you cut into it, this will help it all set a bit more. And if you're adding ice cream this will help make sure it doesn't melt right on contact (although a little melty scoop of ice cream might be the best part, but don't worry it'll still get gooey)!
How to serve peach cobbler
This recipe is perfect as it is (if I do say so myself), but if you want to add a little something extra on top of the cobbler after it's baked, below are my suggestions:
- Vanilla ice cream
- Cinnamon ice cream
- Whipped cream
- Sprinkling of powdered sugar
- Chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans
- Caramel drizzle
You can prep up to right before you add the dry cake mix on top of the peaches. Unfortunately the longer the cake mix sits, the more liquid from the peaches it’ll absorb and the texture will not be right, so you can’t prep it all the way through in advance.
In the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
You can reheat either in the oven at 325F for about 10-15 minutes until heated through, or simply pop in the microwave for a few minutes until warm.
I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not! The great thing about this recipe is that you don't have to wait for peach season to swing around because the canned peaches work so well!
To make sure you’re buying ripe peaches, give them a gentle squeeze, if they give a little (similar to an avocado) then it should be good and you will likely get juicy peaches!
Dump cake is made by quite literally just dumping all ingredients into a dish and baking, whereas cobbler requires separate mixing of the batter for the topping.
Absolutely! While this recipe is great because it allows you to have peach cobbler year-round, if you want to make a more seasonal cobbler, cherry pie filling is great, blueberry would be delicious, so would strawberry.
Sure! Just make sure it's large enough surface area and bake it without the lid.
Easy Cake Mix Peach Cobbler
- 11x7 baking dish
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 3 15oz cans peaches in heavy syrup
- 1 ½ sticks salted butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Dump 2 full cans of peaches and their liquid into an 11x7 baking casserole dish. For the 3rd can, separate the peaches and their juice and use only the peaches - add to the baking dish.
- To the peaches, add the 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon nutmeg. Mix to combine.
- Right on top of your peaches, add the cake mix and spread into an even, flat layer.
- Melt the 1 ½ stick of salted butter and pour the fully melted butter evenly on top of the cake mix. Use a spatula/spoon/fork as needed to try to cover as much of the dry cake mix as you can.
- Bake the cobbler at 350F for 40-50 minutes until deeply golden brown and the edges are bubbly.