Chocolate Orange Campfire Cake!

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So Jeanne is actually two inches taller than me... I'm just sitting up higher :)

As I said Monday, we made cake on our camping trip, and it was delicious!! Don't get me wrong, it was boxed cake mix, I'm not THAT crazy to lug all of those ingredients along. Only half crazy :) The inspiration came from the blog ljcfyi, and it's the best idea ever. )PS don't you love the total vintage tin camping plate?? It's from my camping days as a kid in the 80's!

Take 4 oranges and cut off the tops, scoop out the innards. NOTE: this will cause every mosquito in the area to dive bomb you... so do it quick and clean up quick! Citranella candles also help.

Next... remember to bring a can opener... or a swiss army knife... open your 15 once can of pumpkin.


Mix said can of pumpkin with 1/2 a box of chocolate cake mix.

Spoon into your orange shells (fill about 3/4 of the way up) and wrap in tin foil.

Place into fire nestled up to all the nice warm embers for 20 minutes. Rotate every so often so they cook evenly.

Remove from embers and let cool a little, and then enjoy!!

The cake was super moist and had an amazing orange flavor infused into it. I'm totally making these again!

21 chews:

I don't do much camping, but my kids do have some amazing bonfires! I'm sure they'll have one in Nov. when they're all home, and I'm going to surprise them with these! Thanks!

Natalie said...

I LOVE camping foods and I've never seen this one before!!

Pudgy pies (and s'mores of course) are my favorite!

ljc said...

Your orange cakes turned out great! I like the pumpkin swap... I'll have to try that.

that is so awesome! if i'm ever out camping (and not in a hotel), i'll try this!

Corrie said...

This sounds GREAT! I'm going camping this weekend, maybe we'll try it!

Mags said...

Not quite enough to entice me into going camping, but what a great campfire recipe!

The campfire cake sounds so much fun to make!

Reeni said...

That is such a cool idea! Love it.

the twins said...

what a great idea! i'm not a huge fan of camping, but i might do it just to make these =)

Sophie said...

That campfire cake in an orange looks like fun & happy eating too!


MMMMMMMMMM,...A really COOL idea!

Wow, Steph, this is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! What an amazing recipe/idea! As a rule, I'm not much for camping, but a unique cake like this could certainly tempt me!

I wonder if it would work in the oven???

stephchows said...

Diva- The fact that I never even thought about making these in the oven at home makes me laugh... I bet it would work!!!

Hannah said...

Oh I love this technique, it's so easy and fun for everyone involved! Worth camping just to make them. :)

megan said...

I've heard of the cake baked in an orange but I never heard it done with pumpkin and 1/2 a cake mix. I'm so gonna do this at our next camping trip. Bummer, it will probably be next year. Love the idea!

MaryLikes said...

Steph, my boyfriend met you camping and shared some of your orange cakes, I think. He told me they were amazing! We're going camping this weekend, and we're definitely going to make them again. I have to ask-- what else did you make while camping? I am always looking for creative new stuff to try! Thank you!!

stephchows said...

Mary so nice to meet you! Eric was a fabulous neighbor so we had to invite him over for cake! I can't see your email in your blogger profile so hopefully you get this. Jeanne and I ate mostly meat based things last weekend and Eric mentioned you were a vegetarian so I wont even bother telling you about those! I'd say for sure to make this pizza crust:
http://stephchows.blogspot.com/2010/07/grilled-pizza-with-homemade-dough.html

and then top it with this (minus the shrimp): http://stephchows.blogspot.com/2010/05/grilled-pizza-with-twist.html

Have a fabulous time camping! Where are you guys headed?

stephchows said...

Mary so nice to meet you! Eric was a fabulous neighbor so we had to invite him over for cake! I can't see your email in your blogger profile so hopefully you get this. Jeanne and I ate mostly meat based things last weekend and Eric mentioned you were a vegetarian so I wont even bother telling you about those! I'd say for sure to make this pizza crust:
http://stephchows.blogspot.com/2010/07/grilled-pizza-with-homemade-dough.html

and then top it with this (minus the shrimp): http://stephchows.blogspot.com/2010/05/grilled-pizza-with-twist.html

Have a fabulous time camping! Where are you guys headed?

Mags said...

Not quite enough to entice me into going camping, but what a great campfire recipe!

Corrie said...

This sounds GREAT! I'm going camping this weekend, maybe we'll try it!

ljc said...

Your orange cakes turned out great! I like the pumpkin swap... I'll have to try that.

Cara said...

Hi! I tried this last week when I went camping. It worked out perfectly! I don't think the coals were hot enough so I did have to leave mine in there for about 35 minutes, and I used vanilla cake instead of chocolate. It did have a real orange flavour to it, and I couldn't taste the pumpkin at all. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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