Sunday, July 18, 2010

Campfire Orange Cakes

I have been looking forward to camping so I could try out this campfire recipe. First you cut the tops off of oranges and scoop the guts out with a spoon.

Mix up instant cake mix in your coffee pot. Hah hah. No, only mix it in your coffee pot if you are like me and forget to bring a bowl.

Fill each orange up a little past halfway with the cake mix.

Put the tops back on and wrap the oranges with aluminum foil.

Set the oranges in the campfire coals for about 20 minutes.

The cake bakes right in the oranges and is very moist with a tinge of orange flavor.

I can't imagine cake without frosting so I brought some along to top each cake. I also served up the cake with some of the scooped out orange. Now I'm wondering what other kinds of cakes I could bake inside of oranges!

50 comments:

  1. I notice that some of the cakes are on the edge of the fire, did you rotate them around while they cooked? Also, do you think you could do this on the grill? I think I try it.

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  2. So cute! Have you seen the Coleman app for the iPhone? It looks really cool - you can plan meals. Makes me want to plan a camping trip ;)

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  3. Yes, I turned the oranges around, even upside down and rotated their positions.

    I gotta go find that Coleman iPhone app!

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  4. love it! great idea!

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  5. That sounds delicious and super easy to make!

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  6. I can't wait to show my husband these! He's a Boy Scout leader and they're always looking for new recipes!

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  7. I wonder if you could mix some of the orange in the cake batter or the frosting for extra yummy orange flavor.

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  8. WOW! I have never seen anything like this...so awesome. If I ever go camping I am SO doing this.

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  9. When I was a kid, we did this at Girl Scout Camp with spice cake. So yummy!

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  10. These are super yummy with cinnamon rolls inside - top with frosting (obviously!).

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  11. This may be dorky of me to say, but this is GENIUS. I may actually try camping just to try this.

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  12. SO copying you.....We did baked potatoes when we went camping...LOL...imagine how long it took?! lol.

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  13. So much of camping for me really is the food! We did potatoes this trip too. Took about an hour I think. We had to snack while we waited!

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  14. Loved the orange cakes idea...
    Even at home, in the oven, it would be great, kids would absolutely love it!!!!
    I started following your blog in 2001 - you even posted a link to my blog at the time (http://www.ljcfyi.com/2001/10/linkage-i-cant-understand-word-on.html). Then I gave the whole "blogosphere" a break for a couple of years and now I'm back... Great to know you're still around and better everyday!!!!!
    Best wishes!

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  15. Made this last weekend for our fire pit night with the neighbors...everyone thought the idea was awesome and loved the taste of the cake. It was a hit and something we will do again!

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  16. I bookmarked this page months ago and tried out these awesome cakes this weekend. They were fantabulous! Thank you for the recipe. (And I love your blog!)

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  17. justjenn - I'm so glad you liked them!

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  18. Wow, those look amazing! What a great idea!

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  19. What a unique and interesting way to cook at camp.

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing this idea! I saw it on Pinterest and it was an intriguing idea. And, by the way, you take great pics!

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  21. What a genius idea! And orange and chocolate are heavenly together!

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  22. we did this in girl scouts and used white cake mix

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  23. i'm gonna try it with a water mellon

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  24. Works great with any kind of berry muffin mix for breakfast!

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  25. That looks amazing!! Thanks for the idea! Hmmm, cakes, muffins, how fun!! Cheers!!

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  26. to make it even easier...make the batter at home, put in zippy bag...snip end and squeeze into orange while sitting around the fire...

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  27. We use Jiffy Blueberry Muffin mix when we go camping... the taste is amazing, and it is a fun breakfast, especially for the kids!

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  28. I'm going camping in a few weeks and will be making these!

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  29. It's official, I am going to be taking a million oranges with me camping next time! I am going to try the cakes, muffins AND cinnamon rolls! Thanks for all the great ideas you guys!!

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  30. oh, this is better than any stuffed banana on the grill. Cake as a bbq dessert, genius!

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  31. I've heard of this one before but never tried it! This has re-inspired me to give it a go! :)

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  32. I guess it's not a bad thing to have a little touch of home along for the camping trip. I wonder what other fruits I can use for this though.

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  33. This is kind of weird considering the taste of the orange zest would kind of stick with the coolness of the ice cream. This is also officially interesting for me because I am quite curious about it. Since I know someone who is pretty much involved with a catering company in Sydney, I've asked her if she could actually make one and she was able to. It really tasted great.

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  34. I wonder if you could make these in a oven

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  35. Yum. Gave up camping but not desserts. Will try this in my back yard fire pit.

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  36. I remember doing this with brownie mix and it turning out really well! Never thought to try cake mix! Thanks! :)

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  37. This is a terrific and delicious idea! I can't wait to try this during one of our camping trips, too!

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  38. Hey this is a great idea, thanks! Seeing this makes me more excited for our upcoming trip with my family. We are going camping next month and this would be an amazing treat for my kids.

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  39. Cant wait for our camping trip so we can try this,sounds awesome

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  40. have to try this in my oven...u know, if u bbq them for about 15-17 min instead u might end up with melt-in-the-middle chocolate fondants instead! Yummmmm.......and no need for frosting on the top!

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  41. Im doing these tonight wit strawberry glaze in the center with whip cream as frosting n chocolate cake mmmm....

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  42. LOVE this idea! Just wanted you to know it was featured on our site today: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/food/101-camping-tips-ideas/ Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  43. I did this recently....was really yummy. BUT cleaning out the oranges was very time consuming. Like carving a pumpkin. Any tips or suggestions?

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  44. Jen- Yes, using a watermelon baller worked pretty well.

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  45. going camping this weekend...maybe we'll try it! looks so yummy!

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  46. Has anyone tried his on their BBQ grill? Asking because I don't camp.

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    1. Yes, I think so. Just snuggle the oranges down amongst the charcoal briquets.

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