4 Ingredient Crockpot Cherry Cobbler

This cherry cobbler is so easy to dump into the crockpot! Some like to call it cherry dump cake, and I feel like that name is fitting too. I have tried this crockpot cherry cobbler with just melted butter, but found the cake topping to be more hard and crumbly than I prefer. Hence, the 4th ingredient; an egg for a more fluffy and cake-like cobbler topping! We also tried this cherry cobbler with store bought canned cherry pie filling, but found using homemade cherry pie filling to be far superior taste-wise. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy, no fuss recipe for using up some cherry pie filing, here you go!

You may also enjoy our favorite Cherry Pie Recipe, or my go-to recipe for cherry pie filling: Cherry Oatmeal Bars.

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Easy crockpot cherry cobbler (only 4 ingredients)

4 ingredient crockpot cherry cobbler

marilynpeight
A simple dump and go crockpot cherry cobbler for those times when you are craving a quick treat and have some pie filling to use up!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 5 quart crockpot (linked below)
  • Mixing bowl (linked below)
  • Baking spoon (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups homemade cherry pie filling or 2-21 oz. cans of store-bought cherry pie filling
  • 10 tablespoons melted butter *see note for 15 oz. cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 13.25 oz. vanilla cake mix *see note for 15 oz. cake mix.

Instructions
 

  • Dump the cherry pie filling into a 4-5 quart slow cooker. Mix the cake mix with melted butter and egg, then dollop on top of the cherry pie filling in the crockpot. *Note: the cake batter will feel thick and tacky, which is ideal for cooking on top of the cherry pie filling in the moist and slow heat of the crockpot.
  • Cover the crockpot and cook the cobbler on low for 4-5 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours (avoid lifting the lid until the last hour of slow cooking). The edges will cook faster than the center. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cobbler and if the toothpick comes out dry the cobbler is done.
  • Allow the cherry cobbler to cool a bit, then serve warm (or cold if you prefer) with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top. Enjoy!

Notes

Due to a recent change in cake mix sizes you may have a 15 oz. vanilla cake mix to use up instead of a 13.25 oz. If using a 15 oz. cake mix, add an additional 2 tablespoons of melted butter to the cake batter. 
If using a crockpot size that is larger than a 5 quart, the cherry cobbler may cook faster, or slower if using a crockpot that is smaller than a 4 quart. 
Additional notes and step by step photos. 
Keyword crockpot cherry cobbler, 4 ingredient, with egg, cake mix
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Equipment needed for this Crockpot Cherry Cobbler:

  • 5 quart slow cooker I used my 4 quart slow cooker for this cherry cobbler and it worked fine, but I felt like it was a little full and also slow in cooking the cobbler (it took 5 hours on low). The ideal size would be a 5 quart crockpot, but a 4 or 6 quart should work too.
  • Mixing bowl A medium sized mixing bowl is needed for mixing up the cake batter.
  • Baking spoon I like to use a larger plastic spoon to mix together the cake mix, egg and melted butter before dolloping it on top of the cherry pie filling in the crockpot.

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Ingredients needed for this super easy crockpot cherry cobbler: Egg, cherry pie filling, yellow cake mix and butter.

Why 13.25 oz. cake mix instead of the usual 15 oz. cake mix?

This is definitely a pet peeve for me. I recently went to the grocery store and grabbed a cake mix from the shelf, thinking “oh, it’s Betty Crocker, so it’s a good brand.” Only to find out that the cake mix has been reduced to a 13 ounce instead of the usual 15 ounce. Not only are the newer cake mixes smaller, they have also gone up in price! Because the size of the cake mix matters in a recipe, I would suggest adding more butter to this cherry cobbler if you are using a 15 oz. cake mix. Feel free to adjust the amount of wet ingredients to your preference, but as mentioned above, the cake batter should be thick and somewhat tacky because it will be slow cooking on top of the wet cherry cobbler.

Step 1: Dump the cherry pie filling into a 4-5 quart slow cooker. Mix the cake mix with melted butter and egg, then dollop on top of the cherry pie filling in the crockpot. *Note: the cake batter will feel thick and tacky, which is ideal for cooking on top of the cherry pie filling in the moist and slow heat of the crockpot.

Step 2: Cover the crockpot and cook the cobbler on low for 4-5 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours (avoid lifting the lid until the last hour of slow cooking). The edges will cook faster than the center. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cobbler, if the toothpick comes out dry the cobbler is done.

Step 3: Allow the cherry cobbler to cool a bit, then serve warm (or cold if you prefer) with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top. Enjoy!

How does this crockpot dump and go cobber compare to a homemade cobbler?

Honestly, I still prefer a cherry cobbler that is made from scratch instead of using a cake mix. However, I was surprised at how good this cherry cobbler tastes, especially if you use homemade cherry pie filling. For me, this recipe is a winner because of how easy it is, so I will definitely be keeping it to use up some of the homemade cherry pie filling I canned this summer. My daughter and I love this cherry cobbler (honestly I doubt it will last longer than 24 hours in my house), but my husband and son prefer the oatmeal cherry bars I made this week. This cake mix based crockpot cobbler is so easy, why not give it a go and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!

Storage notes for this cherry cobbler:

This cherry cobbler should be kept refrigerated (up to 5 days), similar to fresh cherry pie. I do not recommend freezing the cherry cobbler if you are using a homemade cherry pie filling with a cornstarch or clear Jel based filling, but freezing the cherry cobbler with store-bought filling should be fine.

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