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Award Winning Dutch Oven Dump Cake Recipe


Recipe: Dutch Oven Dump Cake

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Like many of the recipes I share on this site, this is not a “food storage recipe” exactly, but many of the ingredients can be found in food storage, or adapted from food storage. But just because it needs adapting, does not mean it is not useful.

The concept and method of making an easy dump cake in a Dutch Oven over a fire can come in very handy in an off-grid situation, as well as make a fine dessert to eat around the fire while out camping (aka practicing your bug out skills)…

Once you make a dutch oven dump cake you will be ho0ked.  This dump cake recipe is easy, tasty, and cheap.

Last year I made an Pecan Apple Caramel Dump Cake in a dutch oven inside a $30 kettle smoker and won first place statewide Annual BBQ contest for corrections in TN.  The dump cake was entered into the “anything goes” category.

I could not believe how easy this recipe was to adapt and use in a BBQ grill.  I do know the Dump Cake tasted Awesome.

If you want an even better recipe than the one below, add some pecans stir fried in butter, a can of homemade caramel “dulce de leche”, and fresh apples in an apple pie filling for the BEST Apple Dump Cake ever.

Ingredients for a Dutch Oven Dump Cake

  • Butter
  • 2 (16 oz.) cans of fruit pie filling (your choice)
  • 1 box cake mix (your choice)
  • 1/2 C. Water


  • Butter the inside and bottom of the lid of a Dutch oven.
  • Next pour the pie filling in the Dutch oven.
  • “Dump” in the cake mix.
  • Spread evenly.
  • Dot top with butter.
  • Pour the water on top.
  • Place lid on Dutch oven.
  • Place Dutch oven in coals.
  • Shovel some coals on top of the lid.
  • “Bake” for approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • Lastly, test cake for doneness. If necessary, place back on coals, checking every 10-15 minutes.


Dump Cake recipes like the one above can be used with any combination of fruit and cake mixes.

Some recommendations are:

  • cherries w/ chocolate cake
  • apples w/ yellow cake
  • peaches w/ white cake
  • and of course pineapples and yellow cake

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