Some people call this type of dessert a dump cake. My wife Molly and I think of it as the easiest cobbler you can make.
We love making cobblers with homemade pastry and biscuit crusts, but those take more time and effort. This is an option for anyone who wants to make a quick dessert with a lot less work.
Like many of our recipes, you can even take the basic recipe and make it how you want. Don’t want to peel fresh peaches? Use canned from the store! Not a huge fan of peaches altogether? Use a different fruit you do like.
The only requirements for this dish are a cake mix, butter, some kind of fruit, a pan and an oven. If you can combine those things, you can bake this dessert. We believe that makes it the easiest ever!
Easiest-Ever Peach Cobbler
What You Need:
12 ripe peaches (approximate, or use 2 cans in light or no syrup)
1/4 cup sugar (omit if using canned, can omit anyways if extra sweetness not desired)
1 box yellow cake mix
2 sticks butter (16 tablespoons total)
What You Do:
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Peel and dice your peaches, and discard the pits. (You CAN use canned peaches, about 2 cans, if you want to make this even easier! If you do that, omit the added sugar. You can also omit the sugar if your peaches are particularly sweet. Some varieties need a little extra sweetness.)
- Add the fruit pieces to a bowl, and mix with 1/4 cup of sugar. (You can do these first two steps ahead of time and refrigerate the peaches for a day or so if you like.)
- Lightly butter or spray a 9-by-13 baking pan.
- Spread your peaches evenly on the bottom of the pan.
- Sprinkle your cake mix as evenly as possible over the top of your peaches. (You just want to keep the mix from being too thick in any one spot so that it doesn’t mix improperly during baking and the topping ends up too grainy.)
- Cut your sticks of butter into thin slices, about half a tablespoon each.
- Place your butter pieces as evenly as possible on top of your cake mix. Your butter will melt into your cake mix as the dish bakes. Some people like to melt the butter ahead of time and pour it over the cake mix. That works, too. Your choice!
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the butter has cooked into the cake mix, the crumble that forms has started to brown and the peaches have softened.
- Serve. If you really want to go all out, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.