Pomegranate Apple Cobbler with Cake Mix

Desserts  |  Published Oct 28, 2021  |  Updated Oct 28, 2021  |  By Tawnie

apple cobbler in a white baking dish topped with ice cream and pomegranate seeds

Autumn brings on a lot of wonderful things like crisp weather, colorful leaves, and most importantly this Apple Cobbler with Cake Mix.

It’s an apple dessert that your guests are going to fall in love with. Warm, perfectly sweet, juicy, golden brown apple cobbler perfection.

Just in case you need more Fall desserts that you can make with fresh apples I know you’ll also love these Apple Pie Cookies, Apple Pie Bars, and this Apple Galette.

apples coated in a pomegranate reduction topped with cobbler topping in a white baking dish

I’ve made many versions of apple cobbler in my baking lifetime and I’m telling you this version with the yellow cake mix, pomegranate juice reduction and juicy apple pie filling is just everything.

This easy apple cobbler is:

  • Low maintenance but also impressive
  • Juicy and bursting with flavor
  • Practically from scratch buuut with a little help from the cake mix
  • A delicious marriage of flavors with the pomegranate and apples
  • Forgiving, minimal and the ice cream is non-negotiable!

Ingredient Notes

The ingredient list is simple and you probably have most of them in your pantry already!

ingredients in small glass dishes
  • Apples: I love using Granny Smith apples in this recipe because they are tart apples and hold their shape well.
  • Pomegranate Juice: Instead of using lemon juice, this recipe uses a pomegranate juice reduction (don’t worry it’s soooo easy to make, I’ll get into that more down below). I compliments the apple filling nicely.
  • Yellow Cake Mix: I love using cake mix as kind of a short-cut topping. It’s not overly cakey or too tough and biscuit-y either, it’s the right amount of sweetness too. Combined with some old-fashioned oats, it makes the perfect cobbler topping.
  • Unsalted butter: You’ll need a pastry cutting or two knives to cut the cold butter into the cobbler topping.
  • Old Fashioned Oats: The oatmeal helps to give the topping a yummy, crispy, crunchy texture.
  • Other ingredients needed: sugar, heavy cream, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
cobbler in a white baking dish topped with pomegranate seeds

Step by Step Directions

  1. Make pomegranate juice reduction: Bring pomegranate juice to a boil over moderately high heat. Boil for 20-30 minutes, until the juice has reduced.
  2. Make the topping: In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Stir in the cold cream to combine.
  3. Peel the apples, slice into 1/2 inch thick slices and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add pomegranate reduction to apples and stir. Add in sugar, reserved cake mix and a pinch of salt.
  5. Pour apples in to an oven safe baking dish. A 9×13 inch works perfectly.
  6. Top with the oat crumble and bake.
step by step photos making cobbler

Expert Tips

  • Using fresh apples works best. I do not recommend using any type of canned apples or canned apple pie filling.
  • Be sure to reserve 1/4 cup of the cake mix to coat the apples in. If you forget, you can always add 1-2 Tbsp. cornstarch to the filling. This helps to create a nice lush sauce.
  • Gather the oat crumble topping into clumps and drop it over apple filling, leaving space between each portion of topping. This will help steam release cobbler and prevent a soggy cobbler.
  • Serve with ice cream! This might be the biggest tip of all. There’s nothing better than a warm plate of cobbler with cool and creamy ice cream.
cobbler with apples and pomegranates on a white plate topped with vanilla bean ice cream

FAQ

What are the best apples to use for apple cobbler?

I recommend using a tart apple like the Granny Smith. I’ve also used a combination of Honeycrip and Granny. Smith and loved the results.

What’s the difference between an apple cobbler and an apple crisp?

The have subtle differences, but a cobbler typically is a deep-dish baked fruit dessert with a biscuit-like topping and a crisp usually has a more crunchy topping with nuts and other ingredients mixed in.

Do I need to store my cobbler in the fridge?

If it doesn’t all get eaten on night one, then yes! I store mine in the fridge every time, once it’s cooled completely.

Can I freeze apple cobbler?

I wouldn’t recommend it. It can end up in a mushy mess, it’s best made and eaten fresh!

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Pomegranate Apple Cobbler with Cake Mix

Apple Cobbler with Cake mix is made with Granny Smith apples, Pomegranate Juice, yellow cake mix and best served with a scoop of ice cream.
5 from 6 reviews
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 443kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1, (15.25 oz. box) yellow cake mix, divided
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold, cubed (8 Tbsp.)
  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream, plus more for brushing
  • 4-5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, halved, cored and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Serve with pomegranate arils and ice cream if desired.

    Instructions

    • Make pomegranate juice reduction: Bring pomegranate juice to a boil over moderately high heat. Boil for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the juice has reduced.
    • Preheat oven to 375°F.
    • Make the topping: Pour the cake mix into a large bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cake mix and set aside. Whisk in the oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined.
    • Cut cold butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, with some pieces the size of small peas.
    • Stir in the cold heavy cream just until combined. Place in fridge.
    • Peel and slice the apples into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place in a large bowl. Pour pomegranate reduction over apples. Stir to combine.
    • Add in sugar, reserved cake mix and a pinch of salt. Stir again.
    • Pour apples into a glass 9×13 inch baking dish. Gather the cake mix topping into small clumps and scatter over the apple filling.
    • Brush the tops with cold cream, and a sprinkle generously with coarse sugar.
    • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cobbler is bubbling and tops are golden brown. Tent with foil if the crust begins to brown before the cobbler is done.
    • Remove from oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes before diving in.
    • Garnish with pomegranate arils if deserved and serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.

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    Notes

    • Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
    • Recipe inspired by Food&Wine Apple-Pomegranate Cobbler 
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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving (no ice cream) | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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    Biana
    27 days ago

    What a great idea to make apple cobbler with cake mix. It looks delicious!

    Mirlene
    27 days ago

    Love a good cobbler with all the fixings! I do need to try this with the cake mix!

    Sharon
    27 days ago

    I love how simple this cobbler is to make with simple ingredients but the combination of fruits means it’s big on flavor.

    Sara Welch
    27 days ago

    This was such a delicious dessert and perfect for fall! Excited to serve this again for Thanksgiving!

    27 days ago

    I really love this seasonal twist on a classic apple cobbler. The pomegranate seeds look really pretty and I bet they add a lovely flavour and crunch! I am literally drooling… pinning this now!

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