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Campfire cake made inside an orange is a really simple treat

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She's also a mother who believes that kids can love healthy food, and that no child should have to experience food insecurity. ...

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

With a box of cake mix and a few simple ingredients, you can bake individual cakes inside hollowed-out oranges for an impressive campfire treat.

The juice and pulp of the oranges are actually mixed into the cake, which creates a juicy, flavorful dessert that is as tasty to eat as it is fun to make.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Start by slicing the top quarters off 4 oranges.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Use a spoon to scoop out the pulp. Do this over a bowl so that all the juice is caught as well. Once all the oranges are hollowed out, use the spoon or a knife to break up any large pieces of orange in the bowl so that they are bite-sized.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

You can use any flavor of cake mix for this recipe, but I prefer yellow or white. I used a box of Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix, since that's what we happened to have at home. I mixed the oil that was called for on the box (1/3 cup) and chose to use 2 whole eggs instead of 3 egg whites, since I was fine with the cake being yellow from the yolks. Don't add any water, because you will be using the orange juice and pulp.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Stir the orange juice and pulp into the batter, and mix well.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Fill each hollowed-out orange with batter to just below the rim. You will have leftover batter, which you can discard if you're camping or bake into cupcakes if you're at home. I've also greased a cast-iron skillet and baked the leftover batter in that over a campfire.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Place the quarter top back onto each orange.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Wrap the oranges in foil.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Place the oranges into the coals of a campfire, baking for 25 to 40 minutes, depending on the heat of your fire, until the batter is cooked through.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Unwrap the oranges to check that the cakes are cooked. They will be a lot more moist than regular cakes, since they steamed inside the orange peels, but they should still be solid and not goopy when fully cooked.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

You can eat the cakes right away with a fork or let them cool and then pull away the peel to eat them like cupcakes. If you don't have a campfire, you can also cook these on a grill.

A cake baked inside an orange makes a special camping dessert

Campfire orange cakes recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 4 large oranges
  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix
  • 1/3 cup oil (vegetable or coconut)
  • 2 eggs
  • Foil

Instructions:

  1. Slice the top quarter off each orange.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the pulp. Do this over a bowl so that all the juice is caught as well. Break up any large pieces of orange in the bowl so that they are bite-sized.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the oil and eggs into the cake mix.
  4. Stir the reserved orange juice and pulp into the batter, and mix well.
  5. Fill each hollowed-out orange with batter to just below the rim. You will have leftover batter, which you can either discard or use to bake cupcakes.
  6. Place the top quarter back onto each orange, and wrap the oranges well in large sheets of foil.
  7. Place the oranges into the coals of a campfire, and bake for 25 to 40 minutes, depending on the heat of your fire, until the batter is cooked through.

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