On our last camping trip we went to beautiful High Falls State Park in Georgia. This was such a great camping adventure for us and we had so much fun.
We brought along our Dutch oven and made this tasty dessert, Dutch Oven Cherry Dump Cake. We cheated that night and had take out Mexican food, the boys were getting tired of hamburgers and hot dogs, but we had the cake for dessert. It was so good, and actually went quite well my chicken tacos.
This is the easiest ingredients list.
- Can of Cherries
- Yellow Cake Mix
- Stick of Butter (melted)
These are really simple directions. You literally “dump” the ingredients into a foil Dutch oven insert or a well seasoned Dutch Oven.
The cherries go into the pan first.
Next add the yellow cake mix. Any brand is fine.
Finally add the melted butter.
Make sure your helper doesn’t pour it in one spot. Pour it over all of the cake mix as much as possible.
Now comes the tricky park. You should have 14 briquettes on top of the Dutch oven lid and 7 on the bottom for your 10 inch Dutch oven to be at about 350 degrees. We used a bit more than that on top and put the Dutch oven on a grate over the fire. This works well, but timing is everything.
We had such good luck our Dutch Oven Cheesy Potatoes the night before, the we were a little over confident with the Dutch Oven Cherry Dump Cake. We had too many briquettes in one spot and not enough in others. Make sure you spread them out evenly. I have no idea why there is a chunk of wood on the lid, probably shouldn’t do that either.
We baked the cake for about 30 minutes. One side was more done then the other, so we moved the briquettes around and baked for another 10 minutes. It came out a bit burned in the middle.
We ate it anyway with our tacos. It was still very good. I promise.
I did not want the above picture to be my featured photo for my blog so I made this again at home using our Avocado grill (generic Big Green Egg). It turned out so much better.
I put 14 briquettes on top of the Dutch Oven lid and 7 below the dutch oven. It baked for about 45 minutes. My briquettes were Hurricane Irma old and small. Your cooking times may vary. Carefully check the cake throughout the baking process or you may burn it like I did above.
We served this warm with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. Oh my goodness it was so good!
To me the cake taste more like a sugar cookie crust cobbler. It was really good and we will definitely try it again, maybe with apples.
I hope you give this easy and tasty dessert a try on your next camping adventure.
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