Dutch Oven Desserts With Cake Mix


Dutch oven desserts with cake mix? Yes, please! I love this recipe because it’s so EASY and the results are just as good (or better!) than you could get in a restaurant. Cake Mix recipes that’s everyone loves. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make an entire cake in just a Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens are such versatile tools and should be in everyone’s kitchen.”

Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

Need a great camping dessert recipe? This Chocolate Cake is made in the dutch oven and is magnificent!
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This recipe was a test. We wanted to see if it would cook properly and it turns out that this chocolate cake was just about the best we’ve ever had.

We were skeptical because the brownies we tried before this attempt in the dutch oven didn’t turn out very well. We have tested a few times and finally came up with successful Dutch Oven Brownies.

I knew we had to add something to the chocolate cake mix. Mini marshmallows and chocolate chips came to mind. They gave this cake a gooey wow factor.

We will definitely be making this again. We will also make Dutch Oven Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake too.

While we make this in a dutch oven, I think it would turn out just as well in a regular oven.

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

This cake is super easy to make from very simple ingredients.

I love taking cake mixes and adding to it to make it into something sensational.

Dutch Oven Cake

Doesn’t that look amazing? Look at the height of that cake! It was several inches tall.

The chocolate cake was so moist. We loved the gooey spots where the chocolate chips and marshmallows were. As you can see from the comments below, this is a popular recipe with several Boy Scout troops! You do not have to be a scout to enjoy this moist dessert!

close up of dutch oven chocolate cake

We devoured the cake quickly. It was divine!!!

Have you ever made a cake in the dutch oven?

Dutch Oven Apple Dump Cake: Just dump & bake this easy campfire recipe

This is NOT one of our gourmet Dutch oven camping recipes but it SURELY IS a super-simple dessert recipe that’s a sweet, gooey mess! This Dutch Oven Apple Dump Cake requires almost no effort at all and will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Recipe Prep

When you are making easy camping meals, you can’t get simpler than “dump and bakes”. The prep work is almost non-existent here, you just need to slice some butter!

What’s A Dutch Oven Dump Cake?

The first time most of us made this easy recipe was in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. It is the perfect dessert to teach kids about outdoor cooking with simple ingredients that require almost no prep work. And, introduce them to the difference between Dutch oven cooking and baking.

Talk about one pot camping meals! You don’t need a mixing bowl, the Dutch oven is the bowl and baking dish too!

This is the real deal … the name of the recipe says it all. You literally open a couple of cans of pie filling and pour them into the bottom of the Dutch oven, maybe you’ll add a tsp cinnamon or nutmeg if you’re really ambitious, then you dump cake mixes over that. You’ll finish by adding a sliced stick of butter (or drizzle melted butter) and bake.

Variations For Other Dump Cake Recipes

Name dump cake = ingredients inside. Now that you understand the basic recipe to make the easiest desserts on your camping trips, you can swap out the flavors so you’re not always making the apple version.

There are different ways you can add variety to an otherwise run of the mill dump cake:

  1. Change the cake mix flavors. Most box cake mix recipes call for a yellow or white cake mix. Some sort of vanilla cake mix lets the fruit filling be the star. You can easily change the flavor profile by using a chocolate, lemon or a spice cake mix.
  2. Change the fruit. Peaches, blueberry and cherry pie fillings are great choices. Think about classic flavor combinations when you choose the filling and cake mixes you are using. Cherries go well with chocolate … blueberries go well with lemon.
  3. Add a topper. Canned pie apple filling has wonderful flavors but if you want to add another layer think about caramel apples. Create a caramel apple dump cake by adding a caramel topping just before serving. Make it easy by using the caramel sauce you put on ice cream.

Cooking Methods & Equipment

If you are making this as one of our easy campfire recipes, you’ll need to get your fire going in order to generate coals for baking. To make it even easier use a charcoal chimney to light some charcoal briquettes.

To make this as one of our camp stove recipes, you’ll need to use a Dutch oven dome and heat diffuser plate which will force the heat up the walls of the oven and over the top of the lid.

Dutch oven baked goods need a little help to bake evenly. Every 10-15 minutes cook time, turn the lid and the oven (in opposite directions) about 1/4 turn.

Recipe Steps

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients, heat source and equipment as directed.

Line a standard-depth 12-inch cast iron Dutch oven with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

Camp Cooking Tip: Line Dutch ovens before pre-heating them so you don’t get burned while creasing the paper or foil in place. You’ll want to form it along the bottom, in the corners and up the walls of the oven.

Pre-heat the oven with 25 coals for baking at a temperature of 350 F degrees. If you are using a different oven size, check our Dutch oven temperature chart to see how many coals you will need.

Step 2. Add filling to the pot. Dump both cans of apple pie filling into the preheated Dutch oven.

Step 3. Add cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the filling. I like adding a few extra spices to give all of my vegetarian camping recipes extra taste.

Step 4. Sprinkle cake mix. Don’t stir the apple pie filling and cake mix together, just sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pot making sure to cover the entire surface to the edge.

Step 5. Add butter on top of cake mix. Spread butter slices evenly over the top of the cake mix. You want to make sure most of the areas are covered.

Step 6. Add nuts & bake. Sprinkle on the pecanscover with lid and arrange the coals for baking, 17 on top of the lid / 8 below the bottom of the oven. Turn oven and lid 1/4 turns in opposite directions every 15 minutes or so throughout the baking time of about 40-60 minutes.

Camp Cooking Tip: When this easy apple dump cake is done it will look more like a cobbler than a cake. You’ll scoop it with a spoon rather than slice it like a cake.

Step 7. Serve warm. Remove oven from coals and use the “handles” of the parchment paper to lift the cake out of the oven, be careful not to burn yourself. Let the cake cool a bit. Serve warm. Top with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

What To Serve With This Recipe

I like serving warm desserts with a scoop of ice cream on top.

This one is also great with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of camp coffee when the weather is cold and you want to warm up with hot winter camping recipes.

Scaling Servings

Dump cakes are great recipes when you need easy camping meals for large groups. You can scale the recipe up if you have a large enough Dutch oven or just use multiple ovens to make several batches.

Similar Recipes

We have tons of similar camping desserts you should try on your next camping menu!

You’ll use canned fruit and a boxed cake mix in this Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake. The addition of brown sugar and eggs create the texture of a true cake that is sliced and served.

This Dutch Oven Coffee Cake starts with a box of yellow cake mix that is jazzed up to make a moist and yummy morning meal or evening treat.

These Dutch Oven Campfire Donuts only use 3 ingredients to make this sweet treat.

Chocolate and Cherry Dump Cake

Dump cakes are a very popular and easy dessert to make in a Dutch oven while camping and seem synonymous with American Boy Scouts camp cooking. There is a wide range of flavor combinations, this being one of the more popular.

The basic premise of a dump cake is you ‘dump’ a few processed ingredients in a Dutch oven and, often to people’s surprise, a cake is created. Although it is actually more like a cobbler with a cake top and a rich layer of warm fruit on the bottom.

This particular version uses a combination of chocolate and cherry. It combines canned pie cherries and chocolate cake mix to create a rich cake sitting on a gooey cherry base. It is surprisingly easy and tasty.

A Dutch oven lined with paper, filled with the powdery cake mix topped with chocolate chips.

Although the cake isn’t stirred, it still needs to be slightly blended and flattened to cook evenly.

Cooked chocolate dump cake partly served, exposing the cherry mixture below.

The paper liner in dump cakes helps a lot with cleaning and stopping acidic fruits from reacting with the seasoning.

A white plate with a serving of cherry chocolate dump cake topped with whipped cream.

The chocolate cherry dump cake can be eaten alone or topped with cream or ice cream.

Looking down on a full Dutch oven of cooked chocolate cherry dump cake.

When baked the chocolate cherry dump cake is more like a cobbler, with a cake top and fruity cherry base.

Chocolate and Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

Dump cakes are a very popular and easy Dutch oven dessert to make while camping. This version creates an addictive combination of cherries and chocolate.

Preparation5 minutes

Cook30 minutes

Ready in35 minutes

Servings6 Servings


  • 1 can (29 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • 10 inch Dutch oven
  • baking paper


  • Add a layer of baking paper to the Dutch oven as neatly as possible.
  • Pour the cherry pie filling on top of the baking paper to create an even layer over the base of the Dutch oven.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate cake mix over the cherry base.
  • Gently pour the soda over the cake mix.
  • Lightly drag a spoon over the top of the cake and soda mixture to slightly combine.
  • Lightly scatter the chocolate chips over the top of the cake.
  • Set the Dutch oven up to an approximate temperature of 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 620mgCalcium: 120mgVitamin C: 4mgVitamin A: 204IUSugar: 38gFiber: 2gPotassium: 342mgCholesterol: 3mgCalories: 491kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 4gFat: 14gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 92gIron: 3mg

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