Cake in an Orange–Photo Tutorial

TIP: If you don't have a bowl, use a large ziploc bag to mix your cake mix in.
TIP: If you don’t have a bowl, use a large ziploc bag to mix your cake mix in.

I see a lot of recipes on the internet for this recipe with all kinds of variations–muffin mix, cake mix, brownie mix, cinnamon buns, etc. stuffed into a hollowed-out orange and baked in a campfire. Heck, I have five recipes on this site myself now. But for the longest time I didn’t try it because I wasn’t sure how complicated it would be. So for those of you who want a clearer picture of how to make these delicious camping desserts, look at this quick photo tutorial:

Campfire Cake Orange

Make sure you have all your ingredients and tools.  A bowl or other container, cake mix or pre-made dough like cinnamon bun dough is needed. You also need extra ingredients that may be called for in your instant mix, a mixing spoon, a tablespoon, a paring knife (or camp knife of some sort) and tinfoil. Finally, you need a campfire with a bed of coals.

Mix your cake or muffin mix and set aside. If you are using cinnamon buns, this step isn't necessary--just go straight on to the next step.
Mix your cake or muffin mix and set aside. If you are using cinnamon buns, this step isn’t necessary–just go straight on to the next step.
My muffin mix called for an egg, a cup of water, and two tablespoons oil. I premixed it and put it in a jar, then into the cooler, until ready.
My muffin mix called for an egg, a cup of water, and two tablespoons oil. I premixed it and put it in a jar, then into the cooler, until ready.

 

Prepare your cake mix, muffin mix, or what have you, and set aside.  Biscuits or cinnamon buns just need to be opened and used, so skip this step if that’s what you have. The idea is to prepare whatever you have decided to fill the orange shell with. Have it ready for when you hollow out the orange and are ready to bake it.

 

What to do With the Orange.

 

Hollowed-out orange for your cake batter.
It’s surprisingly easy to scoop out an orange. Make sure you have a metal spoon, though–plastic is work-intensive.

Cut the top off of the orange and scoop the pulp out into any container, making sure you don’t make a hole in the orange itself.  Fill with batter. TIP: If you have leftover batter, place in a container with the orange that you scooped out, and make orange pancakes the next day! Recipe here.

 

 

Put your foil-wrapped orange in among the campfire coals.
Put your foil-wrapped orange in among the campfire coals.

Put the top of the orange back in place. Then, wrap your orange in a couple of layers of aluminum foil.  Nestle your wrapped orange in among the coals, and turn it about every fifteen minutes or so. Keep the “lid” side up. Keep doing this for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on air temperature and if it’s breezy; stuff like that.

 

What you Get.

 

Absolutely delicious. Great for breakfast or brunch at the campsite!

Finally, remove from coals, unwrap, take the top off, and grab a spoon!  If you like, you can add a topping such as whipped cream or Dream Whip.  This isn’t just dessert; depending on what you fill it with, it makes a great side dish for breakfast or brunch. Batters baked in an orange generally tend to be far denser than batters baked in bakeware because they are completely enclosed in a moist environment, so you are essentially steaming the batter instead of baking it in a dry heat.  It’s just so yummy!
So try this recipe or any one of the five recipes for desserts in oranges here.  The kids will love it and so will everyone else.