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Chocolate Cherry Cobbler with Cake Mix


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5 from 8 votes
Cook Time : 30 mins
Total Time : 35 mins
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Last Updated on January 13, 2023 by Corinne Schmitt

This Chocolate Cherry Cobbler is a dreamy, decadent dessert that appeals to everyone’s sweet tooth. The moist chocolate cake-like base is studded with juicy cherries and it bakes up into a warm and comforting dessert that is sure to please any crowd! 

If you love Chocolate Cherry Cookies, then next time you will want to give this recipe a try. This is a dump and go recipe, which makes it the perfect easy dessert.

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Chocolate Cherry Cobbler on a serving plate with whipped cream and cherry on the top.

Cherry Cobbler with Pie Filling

If you ask me, the chocolate cherry flavor combination is one of the best out there. The tartness of the cherries pairs perfectly with the sweet chocolate cake. Plus, cherries contain nutrients such as Vitamin C and fiber, so go ahead and enjoy this sweet treat. 

Why I Love This Recipe

This rich and decadent cobbler is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! Its moist cake-like base is filled with juicy cherries for a warm, comforting dessert that will be enjoyed by all. 

  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Looks beautiful on a plate

If you love cherries you may also enjoy this Cherry Pie Cookies recipe.

Ingredients

Chocolate Cherry Cobbler ingredients.

You only need a few simple ingredients to help you make this tasty recipe. All of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store.  

Cake Mix – You can use your favorite brand of chocolate cake mix. I like to use Super Moist Betty Crocker Cake Mix. 

Cherry Pie Filling – I purchased a can of cherry pie filling, but you can use homemade instead if you prefer. 

Substitutions

Cake Mix: Instead of using a chocolate cake mix, you could also use a yellow or white cake mix.

Pie Filling:  Switch out the pie filling for whatever flavor that you prefer such as apple, or peach pie filling. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

You can also add in additional mix-ins and toppings to customize this recipe. Here are a few suggestions:

Nuts: Add in some chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds for crunch. 

Chocolate Chips: Stir in some chocolate chips for an extra chocolaty flavor. 

Coconut: Sprinkle some shredded coconut on top for a tropical flavor. 

Marshmallows: Add in some mini marshmallows for extra sweetness. 

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a couple simple kitchen tools to help you make this easy and tasty recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this simple dessert in no time at all. 

  • baking dish – You will need a 9×12 or 8×8 baking dish. 

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Cobbler

Making this cobbler is so easy. Just follow the instructions below and you will have a delicious cobbler in no time at all. 

Step 1: Preheat the oven and grease a casserole dish 

Preheat oven to 350F. Then grease a 9″ x 12″ or 8″ x 8″ casserole dish.

Step 2: Add the pie filling to the baking dish

Pour the cherry pie filling into the casserole dish.

Cherry pie filling in a casserole dish.

Step 3: Spoon the cake mix on top of the pie filling 

Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the cherry pie filling.

Cake mix covers the cherry pie filling.

Step 4: Pour butter on top of cake mix

Pour the melted butter over the cake mix, covering it as well as possible.

Melted butter poured over the cake mix.

Step 5: Bake the cobbler 

Cover the casserole dish with tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes. Then remove the tinfoil and continue to bake until cake mix appears cooked and no pools of melted butter remain, about 15 additional minutes.

Baked cobbler in a casserole dish.

Step 6: Serve while warm 

Scoop and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Cherry Cobbler on a serving plate with whipped cream and cherry on the top.

Serving Suggestions

I love to serve this cake with a comforting meal like this One Pot Lasagna Soup and this Instant Pot French Bread recipe.

Chocolate Cherry Cobbler on a serving plate with whipped cream and cherry on the top.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to help you make this easy cobbler recipe. 

  • Add a crumbly topping: After you sprinkle the cake mix on top of the cherry pie filling, mix together 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Sprinkle this mixture over the cake mix before baking for a delicious crunchy topping. 
  • Try to get the butter to cover as much of the cake mix as possible, so that it browns nicely on the top and forms a nice crust. 
  • I recommend that you grease or spray your baking dish well so that the cobbler comes out cleanly every time that you make it. 
  • You could use melted chocolate chips to add a little melted chocolate drizzle to the top of the cake if you want to make this cake extra fancy. 
  • If you are not using canned pie filling, you can use fresh cherries to make your own pie filling, just make sure that you use pitted cherries for this recipe. I prefer to use dark sweet cherries. 
  • If you don’t have a glass or ceramic baking dish on hand, you can use a dutch oven instead. 
  • I like to melt the butter in a measuring cup, in the microwave. It’s just so easy that way. 

FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

How to store

Cool the cobbler completely and store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave or in the oven. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes covered with foil, then uncover to brown the top.

Can you freeze cherry cobbler?

Yes, you can freeze this recipe. Place in an airtight container and keep frozen for up to 3 months.

More Cherry Recipes

If you like cherries, give these recipes a try:

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Chocolate Cherry Cobbler

Corinne Schmitt
This Chocolate Cherry Cobbler is a rich and sweet dessert that is so simple to make. It’s perfect for parties, and busy weeknights when you are craving something sweet.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 574 kcal

Equipment

  • 9×12 or 8×8 casserole

Ingredients
  

  • 24 ounces Cherry Pie Filling
  • 15.25 ounces Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup Melted Butter or more to personal preference

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease a 9" x 12" or 8" x 8" casserole dish.
  • Pour the cherry pie filling into the casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the cherry pie filling.
  • Pour the melted butter over the cake mix, covering it as well as possible.
  • Cover the casserole dish with tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes, then remove the tinfoil and continue to bake until cake mix appears cooked and no pools of melted butter remain, about 15 additional minutes.
  • Scoop and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Notes

  • Add a crumbly topping: After you sprinkle the cake mix on top of the cherry pie filling, mix together 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar.
  • Sprinkle this mixture over the cake mix before baking for a delicious crunchy topping.
  • Try to get the butter to cover as much of the cake mix as possible, so that it browns nicely on the top and forms a nice crust.
  • I recommend that you grease or spray your baking dish well so that it comes out cleanly every time that you make it.
  • You could use melted chocolate chips to add a little melted chocolate drizzle to the top of the cake if you want to make this cake extra fancy.
  • If you are not using canned pie filling, you can use fresh cherries to make your own pie filling, just make sure that you use pitted cherries for this recipe. I prefer to use dark sweet cherries.
  • If you don’t have a glass or ceramic baking dish on hand, you can use a dutch oven instead.
  • I like to melt the butter in a measuring cup, in the microwave. It’s just so easy that way.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 574kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 5gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 736mgPotassium: 361mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 707IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 4mg
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