Posted in Scout Recipes

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Looking for an easy dessert to make while camping?  Look no further because this recipe is one of our scouts’ favorite and very easy for them to prep. It’s a twist on the old favorite Apple Dump Cake.

Caramel Cobbler

Before we get started, remember to follow all safety rules and outdoor training guidelines.  For Girl Scouts, only certain ages are allowed to handle the fire and the charcoal part but all levels can complete the prep.  I usually have the girls prep in groups of 4.

To get started: you will need a few ingredients and some equipment.   

 Food Items Needed

  • 2 cans of Caramel Apples
  • 1 – 2 boxes of yellow cake mix (depending on preference)
  • 1 stick of butter

 Equipment Needed

  • 1 Dutch Oven     
  • Charcoal Chimney
  • Aluminum Foil  
  • Knife/Cutting Board
  • Charcoal     
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Can Opener

   Time to Cook!

  1.  Start heating up the Charcoal briquettes in the chimney.  We usually use 24 briquettes for a 12 qt oven.
  1. Line the Dutch Oven with Aluminum Foil and Spray (When our Daisy girl scouts complete this step, I always look over it making sure there are no holes in the foil.  The foil helps to make it a super easy clean up.)
  1. Pour both cans of apple filling into the Dutch oven- layer it evenly usually the spatula
  1. Pour the cake mix over top of the apples – Spread evenly (Depending on your scouts, mine like to use two boxes of cake mix.  It makes it a little taller and thicker but I think the taste is really the same as one)
  1.  Slice the butter and checkerboard the butter over the top ( Two of the girls usually slice the butter while the other two lay it out in a checkerboard pattern over the top)  Put the lid on the dutch oven.  
  1. Carry the Dutch oven to the fire ring and apply your piping hot briquettes with 10 on the bottom and 14 on the top.  That works great for our 12 qt but feel free to adjust your numbers depending on the size of your oven.  Each briquette is about 40 degrees. Dog food tin plates work great as a place near the fire to set the Dutch oven.    

7. Cook for about 40-45 minutes for 1 box of cake mix.  For 2 boxes, it usually takes about an hour.

Once removed, allow it to cool.  You can serve it warm or even have the girls make ice cream in a bag to go with the cobbler.   Enjoy!


(If you have some great variations of this recipe, let me know.  We always have a great time trying out new, easy recipes at camp.)

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