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How to make Chocolate Orange Campfire Cakes

Posted by Gav Grayston.
First Published May 2013; updated May 2023.

Chocolate orange campfire cakes are a great recipe to try with your kids the next time you go camping. They're really easy to make and taste good too.

Chocolate orange campfire cakes are fun to make, easy to cook and taste good too.

Chocolate Orange Cakes

Chocolate orange campfire cakes are really, really, simple. Here's how you can bake a cake in an orange.

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Here's what you need

  • Oranges - 1 orange per cake
  • Instant cake mix - ones you just have to add water to are the best for the campsite
  • Foil
  • Campfire

Making Chocolate Orange Campfire Cakes

  1. Slice off the top of each orange at about 1/4 of the way down.
  2. Hollow out the oranges.
  3. Make the cake mix.
  4. Fill each orange with cake mix and put the top back on the orange.
  5. Wrap each orange in foil.
  6. Place on the campfire (how long depends on how hot).
Scoop out the orange

Scoop out the orange

Slice off the top of the orange and remove the contents.

Mix the cake mix

Mix the cake mix

Make up the cake mix.

Fill each orange with the cake mix

Fill each orange with the cake mix

Fill each orange with cake mix.

Cook on the Campfire

Cook on the Campfire

Put the 'lids' on each orange, wrap them with foil, and place them on the campfire.

Enjoy the cake

Enjoy the cake


They do taste like chocolate oranges.

We used a chocolate fudge cake mix which made these particularly gooey.

Cooking time varies, depending on where you place them in your campfire. We recommend checking every 10 minutes.

You may find that some cakes are not completely done, but depending on your cake mix, this may be fine. A bit of cake and goo never hurt anyone, and I'd prefer them that way rather than risk burning the cakes.

Sticky Chocolate Orange Campfire Cakes

It's up to you what you do with the discarded orange juice.

We ate it, of course.  😉

Here are a few comments on this recipe...

Chocolate Orange Campfire Cakes - Yum Yum! http:/.co/8M5eLac2Ak These are great to make with the kids while #SummerCamping Via @GetOutKids — Vango (@vango) July 10, 2013

@vango @GetOutKids wow, this is brilliant! — Cotswold Outdoor (@CotswoldOutdoor) July 10, 2013

@GetOutKids Trial run of your Chocolate Orange Campfire Cupcakes on our bbq b4 our camping trip #Nomnomnom pic.twitter.com/a2jRqwMTCZ — Jenny Dorman (@JennyDorman) July 12, 2013

@JennyDorman looking good. Did they taste good? — GetOutWithTheKids (@GetOutKids) July 12, 2013

@GetOutKids They went down a storm! Thank-you for the recipe 🙂 #ChocolateOrangeCampfireCupcakes — Jenny Dorman (@JennyDorman) July 12, 2013

@GetOutKids Made them! Although forget to cook em while camping so stuck em in the oven when we got home! pic.twitter.com/K9Ei4mgVTw — TheGirls (@GirlsGoCamping) July 14, 2013

@GirlsGoCamping Looking great! Did they taste good? Thanks for trying them 🙂 — GetOutWithTheKids (@GetOutKids) July 14, 2013

@GetOutKids Yes very tasty! Ours were gluten free and had some choc chips in too! Fab idea especially for the kids! — TheGirls (@GirlsGoCamping) July 14, 2013

Best Camping Recipe

This was also voted best camping recipe by readers of the Decathlon blog.