Easy Berry Cobbler

1 Posted by - June 30, 2012 - Food & Drink

Y’all, it’s hot. It’s thighs-sticking-together, pool-of-bra-sweat, sit-on-the-AC-vent hot. And I still turned on the oven for this pin, because I love you. You can repay me in tweets and comments about laughing so hard that you could not control your bodily functions. I love that shit.

So, this pin posits the theory that you can make a berry cobbler with naught but frozen berries, cake mix, and a can of soda.

I’m a terrible baker, so anything that takes out the step that involves all that pesky measuring of things kind of makes me happy. Still, I do not understand what baking voodoo occurs herein to make this work. Don’t you need, like, eggs or something? I mean, hell, I know soda is awesome, but really?

Still, I’m game.

You know I’m always game.

This is like $10 worth of frozen berries. These fuckers are expensive.

Ok, I used Fresca instead of Sprite, but the original pin shows Sprite Zero, so I think that is not a problem. Also, I always call it Frescahhhhh. I feel like that was part of their ad campaign in the ’80s, but I can find no proof. If it wasn’t, it should have been.

About here, I realized that some of the cake mix was not wet, and was sitting on top of the whole foamy mess, powdery.

Umm, this is going to be a problem, I thought to myself. But I went and checked the original post, and hers had powdery stuff sitting on the top, too. Also the instructions warned against mixing anything. Dudes, I really, really wanted to mix it. It just didn’t look right, and it was making me uncomfortable, in that way that you get uncomfortable when someone on the bus is acting a little crazy, but not crazy enough for you to stare openly. I rationalized that maybe the Fresca would boil, or something, and suck the floaty powder into its boiling fizz while in the oven. (Chemistry? Not my strong suit.)

The Fresca did not boil. The powder stayed dry. I was right.

And then I was torn between a reaction of, “HA! I was right! I knew this would fail!” and, “Well, fuck. That was a waste of $10 I could have used to buy another ticket to Magic Mike in IMAX 3D.”

Honestly, it’s a pretty close approximation of cobbler. And the parts where the Fresca and cake mix mingled nicely are crispy and tasty. If you can ignore the uncooked cake mix, it’s not that bad… which is kind of like saying that if you can ignore the giant tumble-weeds of dog hair, my house isn’t that dirty, but whatever.

 

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  • http://www.weirdlywiredjewelry.com/ weirdlywired

    I wouldn’t be able to ignore the uncooked cake mix. However, the giant tumble weeds of dog hair, I could. I have them, mixed with bird shit from my parrot, and some orange cat fur as an accent.

    • Annieheineck

       @weirdlywired Ok I just have to say… I SOOOO relate to you!!! I have two Macaw Parrots, 4 horses, 4 dogs… I can create a set of stairs to the moon with all the collected animal hair I pick up on a daily basis..lol cheers!!

      • http://www.weirdlywiredjewelry.com/ weirdlywired

         @Annieheineck
         Cheers indeed! Sounds like a fun place to be! :)

  • ChicagoIL22

    Yep, I tried this too. It looked like a pan of mold. When it was done, it had the constituency of soup. I tried a few spoon fulls then left the pan in the fridge for a month.

  • KateGeorge

    I was reading this and smelling something sweet and cobbler like. I thought, have they figured out scratch and sniff blogging now? Man that smells good. I may have to try this, although I don’t have an extra ten bucks for berries. Maybe I could just do the cake part.
     
    Then I realized someone downstairs was baking. Rats. Or maybe not, because if there is baking going on I could probably mooch some.
     
    This is what happens when i spend five days doing nothing but writing. I’d better go home soon.

  • CassieGG

    Wow! You’re like the Mythbusters of Pinterest! LOL I love it!

  • rengawk

    Okay so I fudged with this sign-in just to comment. Been following since seeing your post on CraftFail. No point really, except I have cake mix and Fresca, but no berries. THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING FROZEN BERRIES ARE FREAKING EXPENSIVE. Asshole berries. I see the original said not to mix…I wonder if a half-recipe would be more economical. You would use the other half of the cake mix to make a half-batch of these (I tested, they really are easy – just stick the dough in the fridge for a while else you want to scream at how unmanageable the dough is)http://scrumdillydilly.blogspot.com/2012/05/cake-mix-peanut-butter-cookies.html 

  • KayellArts

    My sister and I have made cupcakes with nothing but cake mix and a can of diet soda and they’ve come out fantastic… so, what I’m wondering if you went against the original directions and actually mixed the cake batter before pouring over the berries, would it come out better? Especially since the parts of the cake mix that did mix with the Fresca did come out well. I think this needs further investigation. 

  • hollyelizabeth19

    Magic Mike > Frozen berries. Your blogs make my day.

  • Amigwyn

    The post is certainly misleading. I tried it as directed as well. When it came out like the Fun Dip candy from my childhood I wasn’t too upset, until I tasted it. Bleh! Certainly nothing like the flavored sugar I was expected. So I went back to the blog to call her on it and read some of the comments. Apparently she agrees (in the COMMENTS) that it is better if you MIX the soda and the cake mix. It won’t be exactly cobbler-like but it will taste good. So I tried it that way and it wasn’t awful considering I just dumped the ingredients into a pan a stirred. I love not having to measure!

  • Tiffany

    Anytime I find recipes I like on Pinterest, I always check the comments and google to see if it has been used before for accuracy. Some ingredients costs way too much nowadays to be wasted. 

  • Truffles8761

    First, love this blog.  Just thought I’d put that right up front.  I’ve tried this recipe and while I have always “kneaded” the soda in with the cake mix, it has come out beautifully.  I’ve used frozen fruit, canned fruit, and fresh.  It all seems to come out the same.  I’ve used diet soda and regular with the same results.  But I definitely make sure the cake mix is moistened.  Thanks for heating up your house.  I look forward to your next sacrifice.  D

  • wrje0201

    ha, love this blog

  • wrje0201

    ha, love this blog. Fresca may be the “windex” of beverages. :)

  • Yakityyak

    I don’t even care about the pin you’re testing! Your description of what kind of hot it is AND the Magic Mike reference make the post worth reading. Pin testing good-hilarious writing – GREAT!

  • bootesbabe

    You are hilarious and I love ur posts… hehehehehehe…cant stop laughing , my favorite line is 
     ” these fuckers are expensive “…keep it up girl u make me giggle

  • The Crafty Shark

    I burst out laughing when I read the part about giant tumbleweeds of dog hair. I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about and it’s a brilliant description.

  • bobbihahnda

    I tried it too!!!  I thought it was awful. Too expensive, I do not care how easy it was, too much money on frozen berries.  Had a weird taste when it was done.  Bleh.

  • MellyFly

    Yes, yes, this totally sucked.

  • Ranae

    Frozen peaches are much cheaper and you only need one bag. I also coat the fruit in a bit of powder then cover with the rest of the box. Turns out FAB!! In fact, my sis called me last night for my “peachy goodness” recipe. I really do use this recipe for every occasion. Also, I always have diet 7up on hand. :)

  • GwennieStL

    Wait, you can see “Magic Mike” in IMAX 3D?!?

  • AmbarinaHasan

    Can hardly stop laughing enough to type this!! Brilliant  post! And I sooooo get the bit about the dog hair around the house…..hilarious! 

  • AmbarinaHasan

    Can hardly stop laughing enough to type this!! Brilliant  post! And I sooooo get the bit about the dog hair around the house…..hilarious! 

  • Karen Ann

    I made this, too.  I thought it was great.  Here’s my review…
     
    http://pinterest.com/kcb49/my-to-done-list-with-reviews/
     
     

  • AmberHarris

    One of my favorite recipes:  Spice cake mix, can of pumpkin, can of diet coke….. mix and bake according to cake mix directions.  Amazeballs.

  • DeePee

    You really need to develop a comedy routine for “America’s Got Talent.” You’re that funny! But my favorite part is all these people trying to help you.

  • Li zSeymour Gravlin

    I tried the cake mix soda frozen berries cobbler too, it bothered me that there where dry bits of cake mix floating but over all it wasn’t bad. I took it to a BBQ and everyone loved it. 
    Let me say, I LOVE reading your blog!  I just about pee my pants reading it, and you make me feel so much better about having giant dog hair tumbleweeds rolling all over my home too!

  • PaulaPickle

    I made this crappy recipe but I read all of the posts on the original site first.  Some idiot woman said, “I always stir the cake mix with the Sprite so I don’t get dry spots and it turns out great!”  MY ASS!  It turns out like a cake with fruit on the bottom, not a cobbler!  DON’T STIR IT UP!

  • Angee

    LOL you crack me up..people at work might think I have went ‘bat-shit’ crazy sittin over here laughin my ass off (ha if only that would truly happen).

  • princessmom09

    i think i would have taken a fork and lightly pressed down the dry parts just enough to moisten, and got the berries at aldi’s

  • Mary

    I make a similar version of this with bits of butter instead of soda, and I use canned fruit instead of frozen so there is more liquid.  For mine, dump the can of fruit in the bottom (we use peaches), cover with cake mix, then cut up an entire stick of butter on top.  Bake it for a while at 350 degrees (I don’t remember, 10 minutes or something), then take it out and use a fork to spread the melted butter around if needed, then bake again for another 5, 10, 15…however long it takes until it looks done.  I haven’t done this in years…don’t judge me!!!  Anyway, the fruit liquid does start to bubble up some, and with the melted butter on top it actually does moisten all of it.  Good luck and thanks for testing this one…soda in cooking gives me the heeby jeebies.

    • MeganElizabethSmith

      I make dump cake too, only using blueberry pie filling and crushed pineapple. It’s always a huge hit when I make it! I’ve also made cake using the cake mix and a can of diet soda, and it doesn’t come out half bad! I haven’t tried this pin yet, but maybe it would help cut out all the calories from the stick of butter!

  • suzibeyer

    I made this a couple of times. The first time it was a huge hit with people at work. The second time I made it it just failed. The only difference between each time was the cake mix I used. (Jiffy the second, Betty Crocker the first)

  • kgoolsby84

    HAHAHAH!  I love your posts!  And yes, I made this, and yes it did the same thing to me!

  • ThePintester

    @katieesq Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying. :)

  • MiamiAbs

    I do a similar cobbler, but I use a stick of butter instead of a can of soda.  I also usually like to use canned pie filling instead of frozen fruit.  I’ve found that apple pie filling with a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top of the cake mix makes a pretty darned good cobbler!

  • adlady

    i love this blog.  i don’t read that many blogs really, but your posts are well-written and funny!  your information is useful, appreciate you “keeping it real”.  keep it up! have a great holiday!

  • Becka

    Holy shit! The opening lines alone had me cracking up like a kid in church who just heard their grandpa fart…. 
     
    Also, this sounds pretty good…. Will try to do this in the future. You rock girl!

  • jennifertoussaint

    We made this and poured the soda slow and covered all the cake mix, it was awesome!
     

  • sparkler003

    I am SO glad I found your blog! And what a hoot!! I’m laughing so loud my neighbors are probably wondering what the hell I’m doing in here. Totally agreeing with you on the second viewing of Magic Mike too!

  • RLou

    so funny!  If I didn’t have a 9 month old to run around after, I would love to try out a few of these “quick and easy” recipes myself.  But so glad you do this for us!  And truth be told, I’m a lazy biotch most days and it usually takes me several days to get around to doing something from pinterest. 

  • mlmainer

    I tried this recipe twice. The first time I had the same results. I even poured the soda slowly as someone else suggested. I ended up with fewer dry clumps of cake mix. The second time I stired the cake mix and soda and ended up with cake on top of mushy fruit. Mushy because I had to cook it much longer for the cake to bake!!! Lesson learned. I won’t be making it again.

  • 2sewsweetsisters

    Okay, just a small warning; Do Not Eat Cherries While Reading These Posts! I was not surprised to find that my lungs seriously objected to my inhaling a pit!

    • Annieheineck

       @2sewsweetsisters OMG!!! hahahahaha, glad you are okay!!! 

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  • laurennj728

    I did this and had the same thoughts about being told not to mix it.  It was such a disaster. 
     
    You can bake a regular yellow box cake mix with a can of sprite, mixed/stirred together and it does make a cake.

  • lalahls

    Okay you are going to have just a bunch of comments from me saying in different ways of how I laughed, but SERIOUSLY I don’t usually “laugh out loud” from reading blogs. I do with yours! You say exactly what I am thinking about these pins! OH and the Tumble weed of dog hair!!! GEEZ I had tears! I know exactly what you are talking about! So funny!

  • Claudia

    I actually tried this one and it turned out great!! I think you have to pour the soda all over and not just in one spot.  Also, the instructions didn’t say to do this but I put mine on broil for the last 5-10mins (can’t recall) to brown the top a little more.  Hilarious post though!

  • Jenna

    I made this with frozen peaches instead of berries, and made sure to break up the clumps of my uber-cheap box of cake mix. I wish I had poured the soda even slower, and then cooked it 10 minutes longer, but I thought it was AMAZING!! This coming from the girl whose mom always used Paula Dean’s cobbler recipe…

  • Lolly Bentch

    I like you… I really, really like you.

  • BreAnnNicole

    I tried this a few weeks ago and can I just say please do not add more soda to try and cover all the cake mix!! I used almost all of a 20oz bottle, and I got a big ass soupy mess that I’m still seeing stains all over the counters from :/ meh.

  • ewwwww

    I have not laughed this hard since I discovered lolcats. Fur real.

  • Cara

    Pfft. that’s a waste. Screw the frozen berries and soda. Melt a stick of butter in a bowl of cake mix (in the microwave). Fork it up into clumps. Dump 2 cans of fruit pie filling of your choice into a casserole dish (sprayed w/nonstick spray). Splash a little lemon juice on the filling to cut the sweet, then sprinkle the butter/cake-mix stuff over top. Bake until it’s bubbly and golden. 
     
    But, that defeats the utter hilarity of this blog, so yeah. Keep being awesome!~

  • nmstlouisking

    This is hilarious! I actually did make this & it turned out fine.  I’m not sure what happened here, but whatever it was I’m glad you didn’t do well b/c then you wouldn’t of made me laugh so hard! =)
     
    <a href=”http://www.nicolesrevolution.blogspot.com/”>Nicole’s Revolution</a>

  • nmstlouisking

    This is hilarious! I actually did make this & it turned out fine.  I’m not sure what happened here, but whatever it was I’m glad you didn’t do well b/c then you wouldn’t of made me laugh so hard! =)

  • kgal1298

    Did you try the blueberry muffins in a coffee cup yet with oatmeal and blueberries and milk? Cause I did and it failed so hard it would make you proud. 

  • Leslie

    Diet pop doesn’t work for any sort of cooking and baking….it’s not heat-stable!

  • RenaSays

    @ThePintester lmao

    • ThePintester

      @renasays Glad you liked. :)

      • RenaSays

        @ThePintester I enjoyed it thoroughly lol thank u

  • BlancheLeach

    @ThePintester “pool of bra sweat” hahahaha

    • ThePintester

      @blancheleach Lovely imagery, isn’t it?

      • BlancheLeach

        @ThePintester yes, quite. So very true.

  • Jan

    Dont know what you did but i made this and it was delicious

  • KelliConnerWileman

    I love you.  That is all.

  • Jess

    They did lie. You totally have to mix it for it to work. 

  • Gingerlily

    I actually tried that pin. I too was concerned about the powdery stuff. i made up a plan to mix the sprite and cake mix and then pour it over. I didnt want to have to buy more berries to do it again though….so i mad my husband eat it anyways. bc that shit wasnt cheap. lol

  • http://www.adventuresfromamandaland.com/ Amanda

    You can actually do the same thing with a can of pie filling (cheaper than frozen), cake mix, and a stick of butter sliced over the cake mix.  Bake it the same way and it turns out really well.  I’ve never actually made it myself, but I have a girlfriend who cooks only five things and this is one of her go-to recipes.

    • Angie41704

      I do the cake mix, butter, canned pie filling thing all the time! Never fails! Now, sprite….um….don’t think so….

  • ShellyG93

    I made this and the first time, I used just a can of Sprite and I had the problem with the powdery spots. The second time I made it, I used Sprite out of a 2 liter, and made sure all the cake mix was wet on top. Turned out deliciousssss.

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  • ChristineGoodingLambert

    this was one of my first pintests. FAIL. Like EVERY OTHER thing we’ve ever tried from Pinterest!! My daughter’s & I should be contributors! I used peaches, b/c that’s what I had, and old flat  generic 7-up from a 2-liter. See, we should contirbute!!

  • virtualdespot

    NO. I actually said, “GROSS!” out loud, dramatically when I saw your fucking awful “after” photo. Luckily, I’m pretty damn drunk. 
     
     
     

  • virtualdespot

    By which I mean, “YES, I will that or whatever else.”

  • virtualdespot

    *eat (Drunk no good for English, and you know, there’s been a drought and whatever …)
     
    …..
     
    …..

  • gorramreavers

    I love you….I love you so much. No homo though. I finally found someone who can sympathize pintrest failure with me…seriously you are awesome

  • sharper

    You have made pinterest fun and now I have another addiction, thank you very much.

  • truckingirl74

    I have just discovered you and am totally addicted! Im ALMSOT tempted to try some of this shit, ALMOST! LOL  Keep up the good work! :-D

  • NikkiYager

    I’m addicted to your website. I can’t stop laughing at your posts.

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  • JessLmc

    Oh my God, you are freaking hilarious. This is the first time I’ve read your blog… and I’m currently madly in love with you. Well done :)

  • Heather

    I had the same problems when I made this!! Glad it wasn’t just me!

  • TracieBrann

    I also had the same problem and fekt it was too sweet and gross.  So did my kids who will eat anything.

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  • flyithi

    I just made this but mixed the cake mix and sprite together then poured it over the cake. I know it says not to but I didn’t want the dry stuff on top. It baked fine and is very good.

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