Easy Dutch Oven Cake – Only 3 Ingredients!

Red Velvet Cake with Mixed Berry Filling and Sprite

Cooking in a dutch oven has easily become one of my favorite things to do while camping and while at home.

This weekend I went camping with some great friends at Dinosaur Valley State Park. I try and volunteer as much as I can with Texas Outdoor Family because I learn so many great tips and tricks for camping. I honestly had no idea how to start a good fire or cook in a dutch oven…or do many other outdoorsy things before I met the rangers.

I’ve made green chicken chile enchiladas, Shepard’s pie, chili and cornbread, and delicious, easy cakes using Ranger Cassie’s recipe!

This past weekend, we made a variation using marble cake mix, Sprite, and strawberry filling. Forgot to take pictures, sorry! We made the cakes in the pictures a year ago during the Dinosaur Valley trip with North Texas Kids Outside and we have made other variations since then!

This recipe is so simple and yummy, you’ll have to try it in your backyard or on your next camping trip! Want to bake this at home? Just follow the same directions, mix it in a cake pan, and pop it in the oven! Delicious cake in minutes.

Easy Dutch Oven Cake

What You’ll Need:
1 box cake mix (any flavor)
1 12oz can soda (any flavor)
1 can pie filling (any flavor)
1 Dutch Oven
1 pair tongs
1 pair leather gloves
Charcoal briquettes
Can opener
Serving/Mixing spoon

Start your charcoal and get it red hot. You may see that it becomes ashy. That’s no problem, it’ll be extremely hot, so take care if you have little ones or pets nearby.

Pour the cake mix in your seasoned dutch oven. Pour the can of soda into the mix and stir well, making sure to remove as many clumps as possible. Mix for about a minute.

Pour the pie filling directly into the center of the batter. Don’t stir anything, just put the lid on your dutch oven. Easy, right?!

Ranger Cassie gives a tip to know about how many charcoal briquettes you will place on your dutch oven lid and beneath the oven. Find out the diameter of your oven. We used a 10-inch oven in the picture. Use two more coals than the diameter of your oven on top and 2 less coals than the diameter on the bottom. For example, we used 10+2= 12 coals on top and 10-2= 8 coals on bottom.

Spread the coals around on the top of your dutch oven to distribute the heat while you bake your cake
Spread the coals around on the top of your dutch oven to distribute the heat while you bake your cake.

Using the tongs, place the coals in a ring for the bottom and place your oven over them. Place your coals spread out across the lid on top of the oven. Cook for about 40-45 minutes.

Every 15 minutes, turn your dutch oven about 1/4 turn. Use your gloves when you grab the handle, or you can invest in a handy lifter!

When the cake is ready, serve it warm and enjoy!

Yellow Cake Mix, Sprite, and
Yellow Cake Mix, Sprite, and Blueberry Pie Filling

Variations We’ve Tried: 

  • Red Velvet Cake Mix, Sprite, and Mixed Berry Pie Filling
  • Chocolate Cake Mix, Dr. Pepper, Chocolate Pie Filling
  • Yellow Cake Mix, Sprite, Blueberry Pie Filling
  • Marble Cake Mix, Sprite, Strawberry Pie Filling
  • White Cake Mix, Sprite, Apple Pie Filling

Have you baked any desserts in your dutch oven? I’d love to hear your experience.

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