I’m not the cook at home. That would be Joe! But something draws me to the campfire when it comes to cooking. I just love my camp cooking equipment (read Camp Cooking Equipment You’ll Love), especially dutch ovens. We actually have two cast iron dutch ovens, one we keep in our camper and one we use in our kitchen at home.
I learned how to make a cake in campfire coals using an aluminum foil wrapped shoe box when I was a Girl Scout leader. Sometimes the cake would turn out great. Sometimes it would taste like an ash tray! Using a dutch oven not only helps give you even baking, it makes for super easy clean-up when using a dutch oven liner. We started using this liners a couple of months ago, and absolutely love them! Order through our link to help use earn a small commission, and it won’t cost you any extra!
We recently went camping with a group of five other couples. I wanted to make a campfire dessert that would feed a lot of people. This dutch oven pineapple down cake recipe that was adapted from a traditional recipe worked out perfectly! With only 6 ingredients, it is easy enough to make at camping or at home.
|Prep Time||30 minutes|
|Cook Time||25 minutes|
- 1/2 bag charcoal briquettes or use coals from a campfire
- 2 boxes yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tbs. butter
- 3 large eggs see cake mix for # needed
- 6 oz can pineapples
- Get charcoal burning until the briquettes have turned white.
- Mix cake according to directions. Butter can be used in place of oil. Number of eggs needed may vary depending on the cake mix.
- Line dutch oven with liners. Aluminum foil can also be used.
- Place the dutch oven on the hot coals and melt the butter in the oven. Then take off of the heat in mix in the brown sugar.
- Sprinkle in the pecans.
- Drain the can of pineapples then pour on top of the pecans.
- Add the cake batter on top of the pineapples. Put the lid on the dutch oven.
- Put some of the hot coals to the side so that only 5-8 coals are left to set the dutch oven back on. You will only need low heat to cook the glaze (located in the bottom of the dutch oven). Too much heat will burn the glaze. Cover the top of the dutch oven lid with as many coals as you can.
- Check batter after 15 minutes. Continue to check for doneness every 5 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the batter.
- When cake is done, remove from the heat. Use the edges of the dutch oven liner (or aluminum foil) to pull the cake out of the dutch oven. Put a pan or plate on top of the cake and turn it over.
- Remove the liner, cut, and enjoy!
Any kind of cake recipe can be used in a dutch oven. Just make sure that you put coals on the top and bottom of the dutch oven for even cooking.
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Martin HandOctober 6, 2016 11:09 am
Thanks for sharing this brilliant recipe. It look so easy to follow and I have bookmarked it for later have a great weekend.