This is one of the very few (really – like three or four) recipes my step-mother could actually pull off decently. I have edited it over the years, made it gluten-free (Thanks to Gluten-Free Homemade Cake Mix) , and reduced the sugar and premade ingredients. The original recipe called for canned peaches, 2 cups of sugar, and two boxes of vanilla cake-mix. It was a health-foodists nightmare of a dessert and way too sweet for my tastes, even as a kid. This recipe has all of the memories and only half the guilt. Its a fun way to eat any fruit, not just peaches, so experiment with your own fresh fruit of choice. My favorite is blackberries! Check out more substitutions in the notes below.
- Large, 18×9 glass lasagna pan
- Large mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Spoon measures
- Cup measures
- Cutting board
- 4 to 6 cups raw or frozen fruit of choice*
- 4 cups gluten-free cake mix
- 4 eggs (Egg substitute recipes found here)
- 1 stick butter or ½ cup coconut or sunflower oil
- ½ cup water
- Oil or butter to grease pan
- Grease glass lasagna pan and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut butter or oil into cake mix until it resembles course sand.
- Stir in eggs and water until a smooth batter forms. Add water as necessary for a smooth, thick batter.
- Decide if you want to add the fruit first an the cake batter on top, like a traditional cobbler, or if you would like the fruit to sink through the cake as in a dump-cobbler. Proceed accordingly.
- Bake for 25 to 40 minutes, or until cake begins to brown and a butter knife comes out without batter on it.
- Use half the amount of cake mix, eggs, water, and butter or oil called for and eight cups of fruit for a more traditional cobbler recipe that is more pie-like.
- Omit the eggs and mix the water with the fruit, pour the water and fruit mixture over the dry cake mix for a more infused style cobbler.
- Add chunks of cream cheese in with the fruit for cheese-cake bits.
- Stir in vanilla or cinnamon with either the cake or the fruit, or cinnamon in one and vanilla in the other. (Ground cardamom works well, too; so does apple pie spice with the peaches, nectarines, pears, or apples.)
*Use one or a combination of the following fruits:
- Sliced apples or pears
- Sliced peaches or nectarines
- Mixed fruit