Let’s Go Camping!

by GettingFreedom on September 8, 2011

Our oldest son turned 11 over the Labor Day weekend.  We love camping together, and decided that after roughly 5 years of not camping, we needed to get away and enjoy the serenity of God’s Creation.  Since it was his birthday and all we had to have birthday cake!  Nik just got back from a day of kayaking, and was very pleased to see that even though we were out in the wilderness, he could still have his cake and eat it, too.

Camping doesn’t mean you can’t have a birthday cake!  Using a dutch oven, and some charcoal, I baked a Pineapple Upside Down Cake over the campfire.  

Pineapple Upside Down Cake–Camping Style

One box Pineapple Supreme Cake Mix

Can Chunk Pineapple

3 eggs

1 Stick Butter

½ cup Brown Sugar

Place your butter in the bottom of your dutch oven and melt over the hot coals. 

Meanwhile, in a seperate bowl mix the cake mix, eggs and juice from the canned pineapple with a fork.

Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the melted butter and add in the chunk pineapple.  Pour the cake batter on top and spread evenly in the pan. 

Place the lid on the dutch oven and top with 3-4 hot coals.

Bake for 30-40 minutes–depending on how hot your coals are.


It’s rather warming to enjoy a nice slice of cake baked over hot coals when you’re roughin’ it!

Camping is a lot of work..but it was a great time to be away from our everyday stressers and enjoy life with no technology.  Sleeping under the stars and kayaking on a peaceful river is bliss!

And for those of you like me who are not professional campers–you MUST check out In The Big Woods: Family Camping Handbook 2nd Edition-By Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship.  It’s chock full of helpful information, and even includes a printable check list and weekend meal plan.

What are your favorite foods to cook over a campfire?

This post if part of Finer Things Friday.

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