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Camping Dessert Recipes and Ideas

Candace lives in Tennessee with her husband and a bunch of furry creatures.

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Desserts made over the campfire are really easy to do. You can satisfy your craving for something sweet on your next camping trip with these fun and delicious recipes.

Make campfire cakes in oranges, melt sweet treats in banana boats, and mix up some fun new s'mores recipes. There are also ideas for other quick and easy camping desserts like sweet and salty popcorn and cinnamon sugar toast that you can make over the fire.

Camping will be even better with these yummy desserts!

Campfire Orange Cakes

Campfire cakes are one of the best camping desserts. They are fun to make and very delicious.

One of the easiest ways to cook cakes on a campfire is to cook it in an orange. It is basically the camping version of cupcakes. Cooking the cake in the orange gives the cake a hint of orange flavor. It tastes kind of like chocolate orange balls.

Most cake flavors will pair well with the hint of orange. But chocolate is one of the best cakes to make in the orange. You can also use this campfire orange peel method to make muffins or cinnamon rolls.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min

10–12 orange cakes

Ingredients

  • oranges
  • cake mix
  • water, oil, eggs, and any other ingredients needed for the cake mix

Cake Substitutes

Here are some ways to substitute cake ingredients so that the cakes are easier to make on camping trips.

  • You can substitute applesauce for the eggs in cake recipes. 1 portable container (4 oz.) of applesauce is the equivalent of one egg. It will change the flavor slightly, but it will taste good with the orange flavor.
  • Coke can also be used in place of all the other ingredients. You basically just combine the cake mix and add in Coke until it is the right consistency. The cake won't rise as much as normal, but will still taste great.

Instructions

  1. Plan on using one orange per person. One normal box of cake mix will be enough for about 10 or so oranges. You can half the recipe and use only half of the mix if you don't need so many cakes.
  2. Cut open the top of the orange. Scoop out the orange pieces and any other orange bits. You just need the orange peel, so the orange slices can be eaten.
  3. Mix the cake following the instructions on the box or package. (Check out the substitution guide to the right for easier cake making in the wild.)
  4. Pour the cake into the orange. Fill it about 3/4 of the way full to give the cake room to rise. Put the top of the orange back in place.
  5. Wrap the orange in aluminum foil.
  6. Follow the same procedure for the rest of the oranges.
  7. Put the oranges into the fire or on the grill. Let them cook for 15–20 minutes.
  8. Use tongs or other utensils to remove the oranges from the fire.
  9. Let the oranges cool for at least 10 minutes before trying to open them.
  10. Grab a fork and dig in to the yummy campfire cakes.

Note: Don't forget to pack everything you will need to make the cake. Check all the ingredients and utensils before you go camping. You may need: a mixing bowl, spoon, measuring cup, and a knife to cut the oranges.

Campfire Cakes Instructions

Campfire Banana Boats

Banana boats are another wonderful camping dessert to try. To make them you just add chocolate pieces and other sweet treats to a banana and then melt it over the fire to make a warm and gooey banana sundae without the ice cream.

These are great for camping because you don't have to refrigerate the ingredients and you don't need to lug many utensils with you.

They are also great for barbeques and any time you are grilling. You can even make them in the oven for an anytime dessert.

Ingredient Possibilities

  • chocolate chips
  • candy pieces
  • crumbled cookies
  • marshmallows
  • shredded coconut
  • fruit pieces
  • syrup
  • whipped cream
  • ice cream

Instructions

  1. Use a knife to cut open the banana.
  2. You can cook it in the peel or out of the peel. The banana will be a bit mushier in the peel and won't get as done. So decide how you would like it. If you are using ingredients that will need more melting (i.e. marshmallows), you will probably want to peel it.
  3. You can slice the banana slightly to make it easier to scoop out later. (Optional)
  4. Add the ingredients of your choice into the banana if you are leaving it in the peel. You can stuff the ingredients down into the sides as well. Add the ingredients around the banana if you took off the peel.
  5. Wrap aluminum foil tightly around the banana.
  6. Put the banana into the fire or on the grill for about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the banana with tongs or using a potholder.
  8. Let it cool for about 5–10 minutes.
  9. Eat and enjoy!
You don't have to ask me if I want s'mores!

You don't have to ask me if I want s'mores!

S'mores Variations

S'mores are a classic campfire treat. They are easy to make and very yummy. But they can get boring after a while.

These fun s'mores variations will be just the trick to make them exciting again.

  • For less mess, make your s'mores in waffle cones. Just fill the cone with marshmallows, candy bits, and whatever else you want. Wrap the cone in aluminum foil and put it into the fire for about 5–10 minutes to melt it.
  • Try s'mores with a different type of candy. Make minty s'mores using Andes mints. Other candy types that are great to use are Reese's cups, white chocolate, and Hershey's with almonds.
  • Flavored marshmallows can give a variety to s'mores as well. Most stores carry coconut flavored marshmallows now. Many also carry chocolate marshmallows as well as other new flavors.
  • Make peanut butter or Nutella s'mores. Just smear the peanut butter or Nutella straight onto the graham cracker. Add the toasted marshmallow and anything else you want.
  • Adding bacon bits is a new s'mores trend. People swear by them. You could even add fake vegetarian bacon.
  • Putting fruit slices on the s'mores is another delicious idea that makes it more nutritious. Sliced strawberries, bananas, pineapples, apples, and many more types of fruit will work well.
  • Use cookies instead of graham crackers. Chocolate cookies, Vanilla Wafers, and even Thin Mints are tasty with the marshmallows.
  • Make Mexican style s'mores using a flour tortilla. Most people spread peanut butter (or Nutella) on a tortilla. Then you add marshmallows and chocolate pieces. Roll it up and wrap it in foil. Then put it into the fire for about 10 minutes. You can also add cinnamon and honey to make it more like a dessert you would get at a Mexican restaurant.

More Camping Dessert Ideas

  • Hot chocolate is easy to make over a fire, and it is a great way to warm up on cool nights.
  • Make a sweet treat popcorn mix. Popcorn can be cooked over the fire. Just mix in pieces of candy for a sweet and salty snack.
  • Cinnamon sugar toast is a very simple camping dessert. Toast is easy to make over the fire. You can lay it over a grill or use toasting sticks. Just add some butter and sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on it to satisfy a sweet tooth.
  • Mix a batch of sweet trail mix. Add candy pieces, nuts, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and dried fruit. You can make it before you leave home to have a handy sweet snack.

What do you think of these fun and tasty campfire desserts?

Camping Dessert Menu Poll

© 2012 Candace Bacon

Comments

bhattuc on August 06, 2020:

Nice recipes. Well presented.

Kat McAdams from Midwest on May 07, 2013:

These are great!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on March 01, 2013:

kitkat1141 - Those graham crackers sound great! Fake bacon is pretty good if you ever get to try it.

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on February 28, 2013:

The way we cheat to make s'mores is to buy chocolate covered graham crackers so it is a 2 ingredient recipe. The addition of bacon sounds interesting, and I will try that this summer. Never heard of fake vegetarian bacon!! Don't think they sell that in Canada!!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on November 18, 2012:

foodserviceguy - They sure are!

simplysmartmom - Thanks so much! Orange cakes are so good. Hope your future camping trips are great.

simplysmartmom from North Carolina on August 31, 2012:

Wow! I thought that campfire desserts were just limited to the basic smores - I HAVE to try these on my next camping trip! Who would have thought that you could make cake in an orange! Thanks much for your great ideas!

foodserviceguy from Canada/USA on August 16, 2012:

Banana boats sound delicious!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on August 08, 2012:

@billybuc - Smore's are the best! Thanks!

@Mmargie1966 - The orange cakes are delicious. Thank you!

@Suzylnn - Thanks! They are yummy and fun to make.

@Turtlewoman - Thank you! I like to have fun with food.

@TahoeDoc - Camping is all about roughing it and that means getting a bit messy with your food. :) Thank you!

@Nettlemere - The picture at the very top is a s'more if that helps any. The bananas are great and the orange works surprisingly well for cakes.

@Robin - Andes mints are one of my favorites. The banana boats are yummy and are a healthier dessert option. Thanks!

@Marcy Goodfleisch - Thank you! Hope they are great during your next camping trip.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on July 28, 2012:

Wow - these look delicious, and so fun to make! I love the trick with the orange; I'd never have thought of it! Thanks for sharing these ideas - they're going in my list of camping tricks! Voted up and up!

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on July 17, 2012:

We make s'mores all of the time. I love the idea of Andes mints instead of chocolate! The banana boats look yummy, too!

Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on July 15, 2012:

S'mores are still a complete mystery to me, I can't work out what the nearest UK equivalent is! However the banana idea sounds great and I'd never have thought of baking cake in an orange.

TahoeDoc from Lake Tahoe, California on July 14, 2012:

These are great- perfectly yummy and appropriately messy for a campsite :) Good job and the pics made me quite hungry.

Kim Lam from California on July 13, 2012:

Gosh you are just crazy creative with food and drinks. The orange cake sounds fun. Gotta remember that for my next camping trip!

Suzylnn on July 13, 2012:

Love the Campfire Cakes idea. Gonna have to try that; We camp every year, Thx!

Mmargie1966 from Gainesville, GA on July 13, 2012:

Awesome recipes! I especially loved the recipe for orange cakes. I would have never thought of that!

Excellent idea...excellent hub! Voted up and awesome!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 12, 2012:

Great recipes; you can't go wrong with a hub that has s'mores in it!