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.
Start by slicing the top quarters off 4 oranges.
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.
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.
Stir the orange juice and pulp into the batter, and mix well.
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.
Place the quarter top back onto each orange.
Wrap the oranges in foil.
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.
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.
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.
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