Cherry Cobbler For A Crowd

A layer of warm pie filling topped with a delightful golden brown dough makes a delicious make Cherry Cobbler For a Crowd recipe.

Aluminum pan of a big batch of easy cherry cobbler on a red and white napkin

Big Batch of Cherry Cobbler Recipe

This Cherry Cobbler for a Crowd recipe is perfect for big parties and church meals because the ingredients are so easy to layer in a large foil pan. Keep the pan sturdy while setting it in and out of the oven and our popular cherry dessert is ready to enjoy with lots of flavor and very little effort!

Super easy to make with cans of pie filling people love this dessert that is more simple to make than Cherry Pies, but is just as enjoyable to eat. Cherry desserts like our No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake and Cherry Delight are so popular we like to keep testing more options.

A chilled dessert that is super popular in a big batch is our Oreo Dirt Cake for a Crowd. We like to have a variety of offerings at a graduation party, wedding or family reunion and these are great options!

Large serving spoon full of Easy Cherry Cobbler over top of a large pan made to feed a crowd

My mom often makes these Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes for big parties which help offer preportioned servings.

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Why This Recipe Works:

  • We enjoy the Cherry Cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream. It tastes fine at room temperature with whipped cream, so this dessert is very versatile.
  • This Cherry Cobbler only takes 15 minutes to mix up, so it’s a very easy recipe to make in a big batch and creates a great dessert idea for a crowd.
  • Also known as Magic Crust Cherry Cobbler no stirring is necessary after the cake topping has been mixed together. Just pour layers in the pan and cake like topping will magically bubble up and become golden brown as it bakes.
Overhead view of no-stir magic cherry cobbler for a crowd in a disposable aluminum foil pan

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Cherry Pie Filling
Ingredients to make cherry cobbler for a crowd are three cans of cherry pie filling, two sticks of butter, milk and a silver mixing bowl with flour, sugar, salt and baking powder on a brown counter top

What Type of Pan to Use

I use a large foil pan that is 16 x 11 x 2 1/2 inches and has an insert that says Large Rectangular Rack Roaster. This pan is about 117 square inches.

The foil pan makes leaving extra at the party or with friends so much easier.

Two 9 x 13 pans can also be used if a commercial sized pan or foil pan is not available.

Recipe Tips & Tricks:

  • Choose a pan that’s fairly level on the bottom so that the butter can evenly distribute.
  • Be sure to keep the pan level and supported on the bottom, in the middle when setting in and out of the oven.
  • We like to purchase the extra cherry pie filling to get as much fruit as possible, but any cherry pie filling will work.
  • Other flavors of pie filling like XX can be substituted as well.
  • Often it is recommended to melt the butter in the pan in the oven as the first step – but my mom has had trouble with the batter starting to bake if it is added right away to the hot butter. So I prefer to melt butter in the microwave and pour into the pan to prevent this problem.

Step By Step Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Add butter to a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave. Set aluminum foil pan on top of the stove to minimize the need for movement. Pour butter evenly across the bottom of the pan.

It is not necessary to grease the pan.

Two sticks of butter melted and poured into a large aluminum foil pan

In a large mixing bowl measure out dry ingredients and use a fork to stir and sift together.

Pour the milk into the bowl and get a whisk to stir it all up.

Whisk stirring together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and milk in a large mixing bowl

The batter should be very smooth.

Whisk in a large bowl with the sweet batter to make the top crust of magic cobbler

Pour down the center of the pan back and forth until the bowl is empty. Do NOT stir.

The butter will appear to get displaced, but avoid all urges to stir.

Large aluminum foil pan with sweet batter poured over top of melted butter to make the magic cherry cobbler crust

In a smaller sized pan I would pour the cherry pie filling over the top, but evenly distributing it without stirring is important, so I avoid pouring.

Silicone spatula showing how to distribute cherry pie filling on top of butter and cobbler batter without stirring

I have found that using a spatula to place scoops as evenly as possible is best.

Again avoid any urges to stir. A big part of the beauty of this recipe is that no stirring is necessary.

Cherry pie filling spooned on sweet batter in an extra large pan

Take extra care to support the bottom and keep the pan level while sitting on the rack in the oven.

Allowing the pan to jiggle can stir up and unevenly distribute the ingredients.

Bake uncovered for 50 minutes. Check to see how done the batter is.

I usually need to bake for another 10 minutes to get the center baked through.

Freshly baked large aluminum pan of cherry cobbler for a crowd on top of the stove

If the edges are getting too brown and the center is still white batter you can cover the pan with foil to continue baking until the cherry cobbler is baked through.

I like to cover with heavy duty aluminum foil to keep warm until serving.

More Easy Big Batch Recipes:

Pasta lovers enjoy our Big Batch of Macaroni Salad which is delicious! Our Mac & Cheese in a Roaster is also very popular. And our Pasta Salad for a Crowd is colorful and cool.

Brisket in a Roaster makes great sandwiches and Turkey in an Electric Roaster is great at Thanksgiving.

Cheesy Potatoes for a Crowd and Corn for a Crowd are popular all year around and Baked Beans for a Crowd are big around the graduation parties and summer cookouts.

This Strawberry Crisp is another equally delicious recipe that could be double or tripled and made for a crowd.

Close up of canned cherry pie filling peeking out from under a golden brown cobbler crust on a large silver serving spoon

Cherry Cobbler For a Crowd

Servings 25 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
A layer of warm pie filling topped with a delightful golden brown dough makes a delicious make Cherry Cobbler For a Crowd recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 60 ounces cherry pie filling

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add butter to a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave. Set aluminum foil pan on top of the stove to minimize the need for movement. Pour butter evenly across the bottom of the pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl use a fork to sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Add milk and whisk until combined.
  • Pour batter over the butter in the pan and do not stir.
  • Spoon cherry pie filling on top of the batter as evenly as possible. Do NOT stir.
  • Take care to keep the pan level when setting in and out of the oven.
  • Bake for 50 minutes and check to see that no raw batter is visible. Continue to bake for another 5 – 10 minutes until evenly browned across the top.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 111mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 341IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg

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“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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2 Comments

  1. What size pan do you use?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! I use a large foil pan that is 16 x 11 x 2 1/2 inches and has an insert that says Large Rectangular Rack Roaster. This pan is about 117 square inches.

      Hope you enjoy!

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