If you love cobbler, wait until you try my cheat for quick and easy cobbler! Grab your favorite gluten free vanilla cake mix and your favorite fruit and give this gluten-free cake mix cobbler recipe a try! I will show you how to make this delicious cake-style cherry cobbler in just 30 minutes.

A serving of gluten free cake mix cherry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.

You are in for a special treat today with this easy gluten free cobbler made with cake mix! The cake turns out light and fluffy and tastes incredible with the fruit. Although you can use any fruit, I made my cobbler with thawed frozen cherries.

Why this gluten free cobbler recipe is great when you need cake quickly:

  1. You will love this recipe because this fresh cherry cobbler is topped with fluffy cake!
  2. The fruit cooks below, and you get so much flavor from the roasting fruits. It is almost like two desserts in one.
  3. You don’t need to precook the fruit; mix in sugar and tapioca starch and top with the cake batter!

Use any gluten free cake mix, or use my homemade gluten free vanilla cake mix!

Allergen Information:

This homemade cobbler cake recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and oat-free. Always read the ingredients on your cake mix to ensure they are free of any allergens you are sensitive to.

Photos of the cake mix cobbler ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten-Free Cake Mix – You can use any brand or my homemade gluten free cake mix recipe. I have tested Open Nature and Betty Crocker gluten free cake mixes.
  • Cherries—You can use any fruit, but cherries can be fresh, canned, or frozen. If using fresh, remember to remove the pits!
  • Cooking oil – Use a light oil that doesn’t have a lot of flavor. If using Open Nature, it lists butter instead of oil.
  • Milk – You can use regular milk or non-dairy.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

NOTE: If you use frozen cherries or fruit, thaw it before prepping it for baking. You do not need to drain the juice from thawing.

Preheat your oven to 350º F.

The cake mix cobbler steps 1 and 2 images.

Step 1: Add your fruit, sugar, and tapioca starch to a large mixing bowl and mix to coat the fruit. As I mentioned above, there is no need to drain frozen fruit. Add the fruit to a greased 8×8 baking pan. (Again, use cherries with the pits removed.)

Step 2: Make the gluten-free cake mix in a large mixing bowl according to the box directions.

Photos of steps 3 and 4 for the cake mix cobbler.

Step 3: Your cake batter should be smooth and creamy.

Step 4: Spread the cake batter out over the fruit.

👀 Sandi Says: I find gluten-free cake turns out fluffier if you mix it until it is barely mixed. If you overmix it, the cake will be denser.

A baked cake mix cherry cobbler.

Step 5: Bake the cake at 350º F for 40-45 minutes until the top is golden.

To test if the cake is finished baking, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the cake needs to bake longer.

Top it with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or my homemade Old-Fashioned Vanilla Cream Sauce.

Fun flavor variations:

  • Use a different fruit like peaches!
  • Mix some additional fruit pieces into the cake mix.
  • Use a chocolate cake mix if you are using cherries for a delicious flavor combination.

You may also love this Gluten Free Cherry Clafoutis or this Gluten Free Dump Cake recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you make this cake dairy-free?

You can easily make this cake dairy-free by choosing a dairy-free cake mix

How is this cake mix cobbler different from a dump cake?

Mix the dry cake over the fruit in a dump cake and top it with butter. You make the cake batter in my cake mix cobbler recipe, so the fruit is topped with fluffy cake!

Can you use canned fruit?

Yes, you can use canned fruit. If you use sweetened pie fruit, it may make your dessert a bit sweeter, but it will turn out delicious.

How long will this cobbler keep fresh?

This cobber will keep fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Top view of a slice of cherry cobbler.

More Gluten-Free Cobbler recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A serving of gluten free cake mix cherry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.

Gluten Free Cake Mix Cobbler

Sandi Gaertner
This delicious gluten free cake mix cobbler can be made with your favorite fruit. Use fresh or frozen and your favorite gluten free cake mix to make this sweet fruity dessert.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 223 kcal


  • 1 box gluten free vanilla cake mix * see note
  • 4 cups fruit (* I used frozen cherris)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch


  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • In a bowl, add your fruit. If you are using frozen please be sure to thaw the fruit first.
  • Add the sugar and tapioca starch and toss to coat.
  • Pour the fruit into an 8×8 greased baking pan.
  • In a bowl, make your cake mix according to the directions.
  • Spread the cake batter over the fruit.
  • Bake the cobbler for 40-45 minutes until the cake is done and the fruit is bubbly.
  • To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the cake need to bake longer.


  1. You can use and make any brand of gluten free vanilla cake mix. Make sure to buy the ingredients like eggs, oil, and milk listed on the box.
  2. Use any fruit. Fresh, frozen, or canned. You do not have to drain the fruit as it makes a great sauce for the fruity cobbler.
  3. This cake mix cobbler will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 281mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 2gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 286IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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