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By: Laura Moss on June 28, 2011, 8:11 a.m.
Campfire orange cake

Photo: Alice Carrier/flickr

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Campfire Orange Cakes

You mix the batter and Mother Nature will provide the "baking pan."

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 10-12

Campfire Orange Cakes


  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs (We recommend using an egg substitute since refrigeration options are limited on the trail.)
  • 10-12 oranges


  1. At home: If you want to save yourself a little prep time at the campsite, mix up your cake batter in a large locking freezer bag. Otherwise, pack ingredients in individual containers.
  2. On the trail: Slice the tops off the oranges about a half inch from the top, and be sure to save the tops to use later. Hollow out the oranges with a spoon, and enjoy some fresh orange slices while you bake. Mix the cake batter in a large locking plastic bag and then cut the corner of the bag and use the opening to squeeze batter into the hollowed oranges. Fill the oranges about ¾ full. Place the tops back on the oranges and wrap the fruit in foil. Place the oranges onto hot coals and let cook for 20-30 minutes. Unwrap and enjoy your cake!