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Chuckwagon Upside Down Cake.





One common thread you will find in just about all of our camping recipes is they are cooked in a Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens are available in many sizes, from 1 quart to 8 quart. Figure about 1/2 to 1 quart per serving and you will be able to determine how large of a Dutch Oven to buy. And my advice - only buy the best... and that means a "Lodge" brand Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens can be used over the campfire, or for rainy days or when you need to accurately control the heat, they can be used in a conventional oven.

So I suppose these could be called "Dutch Oven" recipes. However, if you don't have a Dutch Oven, don't let it discourage you... however, I highly recommend one for the best results. For example, our Lodge Dutch Oven has indentations in the lid that allow moisture to drip back into the food. This results in very moist cakes and other dishes.



Remember that when you are camping, you are on vacation. All of you. So guys, give your wife a break and you do the cooking on your next camping trip.



  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • brown sugar to taste
  • canned Pineapple pieces
  • Maraschino Cherries




  In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs. Mix until lump free. Then with a piece of parchment paper in a Dutch Oven (baked goods work best in a Dutch Oven with parchment paper), pour in the cake mix.

Next, sprinkle the brown sugar, pineapple, and cherries on top, cover and bake in a 350deg oven for around 30 minutes.




The cake will be moist and can be eaten as is. Or you can prepair a glaze of brown sugar and cherries along with whipped cream on top if you wish for a decadent dessert. Who says camping has to be dull.


How-to Video.






Last reviewed and/or updated June 15, 2017