Wednesday, August 7, 2013


D is for Dutch Oven and Dump Cake
These Dutch Ovens were baking pizza when I took the picture, but one of our favorite Dutch Oven foods is Dump Cake.
You might have a Dutch Oven to use on stovetop or in the oven, but these are specially made for campfire cooking with three legs to hold them above the coals. This makes it also possible to stack them and use the coals on top of the bottom one under the next. You can stack several Dutch Ovens this way if you have them, but we only have the two.
We use charcoal when cooking in the Dutch Oven because it is easier to control the heat. You can really be pretty exact. The above meals cooked pretty fast--two or three fewer briquettes would have been enough.
Dump Cake
One or two cans of fruit. Peaches are good, and we also like to use fruit cocktail.
Cinnamon (optional)
One cake mix--yellow or white
some butter or margarine
In a well seasoned Dutch Oven, put in the fruit and sprinkle with cinnamon. Dump the cake mix on top. Don't stir it, but you can kind of push it down into the fruit a bit. Dot with butter or margarine.
Place in the campfire pit with coals below and on top of the Dutch Oven. If you have the heat just right it takes about twenty minutes to bake.
A related recipe is Bears in the Apple Orchard. It is made the same as Dump Cake using apples and gingerbread mix. Yum!

I just went to post my link. I did not know that the introduction would be using the Dutch Oven. Really. I mentioned it last week, remember? And I provided a recipe.


Lew said...

A tasteful use of smoke, but I am guessing the Dutch ovens do not go in your backpack for your hikes!

Roger Owen Green said...

Dutch oven twice this week! wouldn't have thunk it!

photowannabe said...

The recipe for dump cake sounds great.
Too bad we don't camp anymore and my Dutch Oven is unfortunately gone.

Karen Traversy said...

Fun post. I have never made dump cake. But then I am not much of a baker.

Reader Wil said...

What a coincidence! I wrote also about the Dutch oven and the history about it. Great to see it also in your post. My oven is to be seen in the introduction of. D.
Wil, ABCW Team

MJ said...

Hmm... never heard of Dump Cake. I don't have a dutch oven. But then if I did, I think I would try that! That's cool. I'm going to write out this recipe.. it sounds fun. Just in case I get my hands on a Dutch oven!♥

Leslie: said...

That sounds so delicious, especially the one with apples and cinammon!

abcw team

Liz said...

WEll, where's the cake? I want to see it please!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Love it Kathy, I would like to see the final product.