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Homemade Berry Cake Topping (and pie filling)

This quick and easy pie filling makes a great cake topping for your next spring event.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake topping, fruit, fruit pie, pie, pie filling
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 10 -14 oz bags frozen berries fresh berries also work wonderfully when they are in season.
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour to make gluten free, you can subsitiute your favorite gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup berry liquor Use the liquor that works best with the type of berries you are using. Alcohol will cook out, but you can also use water if you don't like cooking with alcohol.


  1. Melt stick of butter in large skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add in berries, sugar, flour, and liquor, mixing well.

  3. Cook over medium to medium-high heat, stirring often, for 5 - 10 minutes, until mixture thickens to jam-like consistency.

  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool partially before pouring over cake.  If using for pie filling, add directly into pie crusts, and bake immediately.

Recipe Notes

I also use this recipe to make my own pie fillings for my husband's dump cake.

This recipe makes enough filling to make a 10-inch skillet pie, a dump cake (which normally takes 2 cans of pie filling), or to cover a bunt cake with a filled center.