This Cake Mix Apple Cobbler is the perfect fall dessert! Made with a homemade apple filling and topped with a sweet topping made with cake mix, it's equal parts easy & delicious!
September is here! For many people, this marks the unofficial end of summer and start of the fall season. I'm one of the those people who isn't quite ready to fill my house with pumpkins, but am starting to embrace the cooler temperatures and fall flavors. What says fall more than a warm dish of apple cobbler?
This fall hits a little different this year. My oldest started kindergarten and my youngest is in preschool a couple mornings a week. My house is quiet (and a little cleaner), and we are all adjusting to this new routine. It sounds so cliché to say, but holy moly does time fly! I wouldn't say I'm sad we are at this point already, but more in awe of how they have grown and become their own person that I can send out into the world (even if just for a few hours). I'm thoroughly enjoying my hugs and snuggles when they get home!
Apple Cobbler vs. Apple Crisp
All apple desserts may be delicious, but not all are created equal. While both include a sweet, spiced apple filling, there are some distinct differences in the toppings of a cobbler & crisp. This applies no matter what fruit is used.
Cobblers - topped with a biscuit or cake-like topping
Crisps - topped with a streusel topping often made with butter, flour, sugar and oats. The oats crisp up when baked, hence the name. Crumbles are a dessert similar to crisps, but usually do not include oats.
One thing they all have in common: I want them all.
The Best Baking Apples
There are a handful of apples that are considered best to hold up to baking, but beyond that it's mostly just personal preference. For the most part, you want an apple that is a little more tart & crisp to hold up to baking and to pair well with the other filling ingredients. Here's some that work best for pies, crisps and cobblers:
- Honeycrisp - developed by the University of Minnesota and generally one of my favorites!
- Granny Smith
- Golden Delicious
It's fun to play around with using different varieties and even combining 2 different kinds of apples. You really can't go wrong using any of these on the list.
How to Make Cake Mix Apple Cobbler
This Cake Mix Apple Cobbler is made with a homemade apple filling, much like you'd use for an apple pie or crisp:
- Sliced apples
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Lemon juice
Combine all of these ingredients in a bowl and toss until the apples are well coated. Pour the apples into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
The apples are then topped with the cobbler topping, which only requires 2 ingredients! In a small bowl, combine dry cake mix and melted butter. The mixture will be fairly crumbly and thick. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples and gently press down.
Bake the Cake Mix Apple Cobbler in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes until the topping is golden brown. Before placing in the oven, I like to place a baking sheet under the baking dish to catch any juice that can bubble over the edge while baking. I hate cleaning my oven.
How To Serve Cake Mix Apple Cobbler
I think this goes for most apple desserts, but this Cake Mix Apple Cobbler is best served warm. If you are able to time it right to serve it as soon as it comes out of the oven, that's perfect! If not, don't worry! You can easily reheat it to enjoy it later.
Reheating whole pan - 350 degrees for 15 minutes
Reheating individual servings - place a scoop on a microwave safe plate and microwave in 30-second intervals until warmed through
Top each serving of Cake Mix Apple Cobbler with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (or both!). You can also drizzle with some caramel sauce for an extra treat!
Other apple recipes:
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Cake Mix Apple Cobbler
- 4 apples (I use honeycrisp) about 1.5 pounds
- 2 tbsp. white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- ½ cup salted butter melted, 1 stick
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a 8x8 baking dish with softened butter.
- Prepare apples by peeling, coring and slicing them into ¼ inch slices.
- Place apples in a mixing bowl and add both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice & cornstarch. Toss well. Pour into greased baking dish.
- In a separate bowl combine cake mix and melted butter, the mixture will be crumbly. Evenly sprinkle topping over the apple mixture.
- Place baking dish on a sheet pan to catch any leaks and bake 40-45 minutes until the top is golden brown.
- Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream!