This campfire chocolate cake is a decadent way to finish off a tasty campfire meal on your next camping trip.
Prep Time10 minutesmins
Cook Time55 minutesmins
Total Time1 hourhr5 minutesmins
Keyword: Campfire Chocolate Cake Recipe
Vegetable shortening,for coating the skillet
1cupall-purpose flour,plus 2 to 3 tablespoons for coating the skillet
½cupunsweetened cocoa powder,divided in half
2tablespoonssalted sweet cream butter,melted
½cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips
1cuplight brown sugar,packed
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 the pan with 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.
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!