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Campfire Chocolate Cake

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This campfire chocolate cake is a decadent way to finish off a tasty campfire meal on your next camping trip.
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  1. Campfire Chocolate Cake Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Campfire Chocolate Cake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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If you love chocolate, then you’ll love this campfire chocolate cake. It’s a rich and decadent dessert to make over the campfire, and I think you’ll agree that there’s nothing better than enjoying a slice of chocolate cake while sitting around the campfire in the great outdoors.

Our campfire banana boats and campfire apple crisp in foil packets are two more camping recipes that you can whip up on your adventure.

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Campfire Chocolate Cake Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (plus 2 to 3 tablespoons for coating the skillet)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1¾ cups hot water
  • Vegetable shortening for coating the skillet

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

TOPPINGS: You can add chopped nuts and top your delicious chocolate campfire cake with a little bit of whipped topping.

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How To Make This Campfire Chocolate Cake Recipe

PRO TIP:

This cake can also be cooked in an oven at home at 350°F for 45 minutes. 

STEP ONE: You will need to allow the campfire to burn down to a nice bed of hot coals. I would suggest using a grate over the coals to allow for a steady cook surface.

PRO TIP:

Because temperature can widely differ for a campfire, the cake most definitely needs to be cooked on top of a grate. This will also help with the stability of the cooking surface.

STEP TWO: Heavily coat a 10 to 12-inch cast-iron skillet with vegetable shortening. Dust with the 2 to 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, and set it aside.

PRO TIP:

It is very important to heavily coat the skillet with shortening. The batter will be very sticky.

STEP THREE: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, ¼ cup cocoa powder, granulated sugar, and baking powder.

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STEP FOUR: In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract.

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STEP FIVE: Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well incorporated.

Campfire Chocolate Cake process shot of ingredients whisked together in a bowl

STEP SIX: Evenly spread the cake batter in the bottom of the prepared skillet.

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STEP SEVEN: Evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the batter.

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STEP EIGHT: In a small mixing bowl, whisk the brown sugar and remaining ¼ cup cocoa powder. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top of the chocolate chips.

Campfire Chocolate Cake process shot of brown sugar and cocoa powder sprinkled onto the chocolate chips

STEP NINE: Carefully pour the hot water over the top of the brown sugar mixture. 

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STEP TEN: Place the skillet on top of the grate over the hot bed of coals. Allow the cake to cook uncovered for 55 to 60 minutes until the cake has formed a dry top and a bubbly, pudding-like bottom. Drizzle the top of the cake with caramel sundae sauce. Serve while hot.

PRO TIP:

Remember anything cooked over the open flame will be hot when removing; cook with care!

How To Serve

Bring along the ingredients for this yummy cake the next time you are heading off into the wilderness, and I guarantee it will be a huge hit. Start your meal with our campfire pizza or campfire nachos as a tasty alternative to the classic hot dogs and hamburgers.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store any leftovers of your campfire cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

IN THE FREEZER: If you have access to a freezer or cook this recipe at home, store it in an airtight container for up to two months.

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Is there anything better than sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying a delicious chocolate cake? This easy campfire chocolate cake recipe comes off the fire hot and moist, and the caramel sauce on top finishes it off in just the right way.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this campfire dessert recipe in the oven at home?

This easy recipe can also be cooked in an oven at home at 350°F for 45 minutes.

Can I prepare the cake mix ahead of time?

If you’d like to make the cake batter and bring it along with you to save having to bring mixing bowls on your trip, you can. Prepare the recipe up to step 5 and store in an airtight container until your campfire is hot and ready to bake.

Can I store leftovers from this cake?

You could store leftovers in the fridge or cooler for up to one day.

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This campfire chocolate cake is a decadent way to finish off a tasty campfire meal on your next camping trip.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons for coating the skillet
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • cups hot water
  • Vegetable shortening, for coating the skillet

Instructions
 

  • You will need to allow the campfire to burn down to a nice bed of coals. I would suggest using a grate over the coals to allow for a steady cook surface.
  • Heavily coat a 10 to 12-inch cast-iron skillet with vegetable shortening. Dust with the 2 to 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, and set it aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, ¼ cup cocoa powder, granulated sugar, and baking powder.
  • In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well incorporated.
  • Evenly spread the batter in the bottom of the prepared skillet.
  • Evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the batter.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk the brown sugar and remaining ¼ cup cocoa powder. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top of the chocolate chips.
  • Carefully pour the hot water over the top of the brown sugar mixture.
  • Place the skillet on top of the grate over the hot bed of coals. Allow the cake to cook uncovered for 55 to 60 minutes until the cake has formed a dry top and a bubbly, pudding-like bottom. Drizzle with caramel sundae sauce. Serve while hot.

Notes

  • This cake can also be cooked in an oven at home at 350°F for 45 minutes. 
  • Because temperature can widely differ for a campfire, the cake most definitely needs to be cooked on top of a grate. This will also help with the stability of the cooking surface.
  • It is very important to heavily coat the skillet with shortening. The batter will be very sticky.
  • Remember anything cooked over the open flame will be hot when removing; cook with care!

Nutrition

Sodium: 61mg | Calcium: 136mg | Vitamin A: 157IU | Sugar: 67g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 430mg | Cholesterol: 13mg | Calories: 466kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fat: 11g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 91g | Iron: 3mg
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