If you need a quick and easy dessert, this yummy mango cobbler with cake mix is the way to go.
Mangos (by the way I have googled the spelling of the plural of mango extensively and it can be either mangos or mangoes!) are usually in season in the summer, along with other amazing fruits like fresh strawberries and blueberries. When they are ripe and sweet as candy, its the best time to make a delicious fruit dessert.
So when we have really stocked up on some delicious fresh mangos, I like to throw some into a quick and easy mango cobbler dessert! Best of all – this is a 3 ingredient recipe! Yes, that is how simple this delicious mango dessert recipe truly is!
And although I absolutely love baking all kinds of cake, I am more than happy to use a simple boxed cake mix for this recipe.
This mango cobbler recipe is perfect for gatherings or just for the family. I totally take advantage of using shortcuts for this easy mango dessert because I honestly would much rather be spending more time outdoors in the nice weather than in the kitchen!
Let’s Talk About Mangos!
In Canada we typically have access to fresh mangos from around April to August. The summertime ones tend to be the sweetest when fully ripened – which usually means soft to the touch – but not too soft!
Keep your unripen or firm mangos on your kitchen counter or at room temperature until they start to soften. If the skin is too soft and has become wrinkled, the mango may have gone bad or is just over ripened.
A tip I learned from my mom is to wrap them in newspaper. This helps to further the ripening process along faster!
One of the best indicators that a mango is sweet is the smell. Typically a sweetened mango means it is ripe and ready to eat.
Try these other fruit desserts:
Can you Make Mango Cobbler with Frozen Mango or Other Frozen Fruit?
Don’t think you can only make mango baking recipes in the summer when they are in season. Frozen fruit works just as well for this mango cobbler dessert.
Can you replace mangos with another fruit for this recipe?
Yes! If you are not into mango recipes, you can definitely use another fruit. I have made this with strawberries, canned peaches, canned cherry pie filling, blueberries, pineapple, apples (I toss the apples in cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla before adding the cake mix) and of course I love using fresh peaches too. Honestly any fruit works. Don’t forget, you can use frozen peaches, or frozen berries as well if you don’t have fresh fruits.
Cake Mix isn’t Just for Cakes!
I have personally used store bought cake mix boxes to use for quick and easy cobbler and pie recipes. I love to make things from scratch of course, especially if I can make something with more wholesome ingredients and without as many preservatives. But a box of cake mix for a quick dessert really comes in handy!
I’m not really tied to any particular brand of cake mix. For this recipe I usually go with a simple white or yellow cake mix. This time I changed it up and tried a Butter Pecan flavor. It was absolutely delicious!
What’s the Difference Between a Mango Dump Cake and Mango Cobbler?
A dump cake and cobbler are similar. Both recipes are fruit bottom desserts. Dump cakes are associated more with American culture. Dump cakes usually involve spreading cake mix over top of the fruit. With cobblers in some cultures, it is usually a more crisp topping like biscuits or pie crust topping.
But then again, some places describe a cobbler as being topped with dollops of biscuits, dough OR batter. So its really your preference if you would like to call this a mango cobbler recipe or a mango dump cake recipe.
MangoCobbler Recipe Tips
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Use a nice non-stick baking pan like this one.
How many mangos do you need for 1 cup?
Mangos come in different sizes depending on the variety. Based on the size of the mangos I typically get in the grocery store – usually from South America, I would say approximately 1 mango is equal to 1 cup.
However if you are looking at the smaller ones such as the Ataulfo kind, also known as honey mangos, then you will probably need to 2 of them to equal 1 cup.
How to Make Mango Cobbler
Spread around 5 cups of mango slices around the baking pan (you can use a baking dish if you don’t have one but bake time may vary a bit). Open the box of cake mix and sprinkle it all over the fruit. Then take half cup butter (or one stick of butter) and spread chunks of butter all over top of the cake mix.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm and top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
You can also play with the flavors but using different flavors of cake mix with different fruits. Experimenting with different flavor combinations is part of the fun.
Hope you enjoy this simple mango cobbler dessert.
Simple Mango Cobbler with Cake Mix
A sweet and delicious fruit and cake recipe
- 5 cups of sliced or diced mangos (appoximately 5 or 6 fresh mangos)
- 1 yellow or white cake mix box
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- Preheat ove 350 F
- Place mango on the bottom of a baking pan
- Top the mango with the full box of cake mix, spreading it evenly over the mango pieces
- Place butter over top in small chunks
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown on top
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream
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