3 Delicious Camping Desserts: Campfire Baking Recipes

Including chocolate cake baked in an orange

Who says top-notch cooking needs a kitchen? Break out into the great outdoors this summer and rustle up something extraordinary on your camping or hiking trip. With only a barbecue or a campfire, you can make these three sweet treats from The Campfire Cookbook. Get started with the campfire baking ideas below. 

Chocolate cake baked in an orange

No need for a baking tray with this creative recipe! Bake these tasty chocolate cakes on the barbecue and enjoy the chocolate and citrus flavors by the fire.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: about 20 minutes
Baking time: about 30 minutes


3½oz (100g) dark chocolate
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
4 oranges, juice reserved
2 tbsp soft butter
1 egg
2–3 drops pure vanilla extract

8 pieces aluminum foil (12x12in/30×30cm each)


1. Finely grate the chocolate. This will be easier if you chill the chocolate for a while first. Combine the grated chocolate with the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, and confectioner’s sugar. The flour mixture can be prepared at home up to this point and stored in a container. The next steps can be continued at the campsite kitchen.

2. Slice a lid in the top quarter of the oranges. Hollow out the oranges with a spoon. Squeeze the pulp between your hands and measure out 1 cup orange juice. Put the flour mixture into a bowl or pan. Add the orange juice, butter, egg, and pure vanilla extract and stir with a wooden spoon until you have a smooth consistency. 

3. Fill the hollowed-out oranges two-thirds full with the mixture and place the lids on to close. Wrap each one in 2 pieces of aluminum foil. Place on the barbecue and bake the cakes for about 30 minutes. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes, then unwrap the foil and serve. 

Hungry for more?

Get inspired with two more delicious ideas below. You can find the full recipes in The Campfire Cookbook.

Pan-cooked apple cake

This delectable dessert is sure to be a campfire crowd-pleaser, and is easy to make in just one pan.

Apricot cakes in a jar

As portable as they are adorable, these apricot cakes will keep in a jar for about 2 weeks.

For more camping cooking ideas, including delicious camping breakfast recipes and dinner recipes, camping snack ideas and more, discover The Campfire Cookbook. It’s packed with outdoor inspiration and you’ll soon be digging into campfire steaks, salads, hot dogs, kebabs, pancakes, sea bass, bread, potato salad, pasta, and so much more.