Upside-Down Cherry Cobbler

cherry cobbler

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
317 Calories
7g Fat
60g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 270mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 155mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cherry cobbler is a quick and easy cherry dessert. It’s a mix between a cake and a pie. Canned cherry pie filling is spooned on top of a quick and easy batter and it’s all cooked in a cast-iron skillet in the oven.The cherries sink to the bottom as the batter bakes and becomes an upside down cake. 

 It’s easy to stir together and to bake. Everyone will love this quick and easy dessert any time of year. It’s especially when  topped with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) salted butter

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup sugar, divided

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    cherry cobbler ingredients
  2. Heat the oven to 375 F. Generously butter a cast iron skillet or cake or pie pan.

    greased cast iron skillet
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave. Combine the melted butter with the milk, egg, and vanilla extract.

    cherry cobbler batter
  4. Add 3/4 cup of sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt to the wet mixture. Whisk to combine into batter.

    cherry cobbler batter
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared skillet.

    cherry cobbler batter in cast iron skillet
  6. Pour the cherry pie filling over the top of the batter.

    cherry pie filling on top of cake batter
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Then sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top of the cobbler and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes.

    cherry cobbler
  8. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly and then serve with whipped cream or ice cream while still warm.

Recipe Tips

If you decide to make your own filling and you have fresh cherries, check out the best way to pit fresh cherries.

Recipe Variations

  • You can make this recipe with cherry pie filling as we did above or you can try your hand at making your own cherry pie filling with this recipe for cherry pie filling
  • You can also make this recipe using other pie fillings, try a strawberry filling or blueberry filling.

What's the difference between cherry pie and cherry cobbler?

Both cherry pie and cherry cobbler contain cherry pie filling. Cherry pie has at least one crust and often has tow, the second being a lattice crust on top.  Cherry cobbler contains cherry pie filling and then is topped with a cake-like batter that bakes up fluffy and golden brown. Cherry cobbler takes less time to make, but they both are delicious cherry recipes.

How to Store

This cobbler can be stored covered at room temperature for up to 2 days. It can be stored covered and refrigerated for up to four days. 

You can freeze this recipe in an aluminum pan (the same one you cooked the cobbler in). Just cover with aluminum foil once cooled and freeze. Reheat in a preheated oven until warmed through and then serve.