Introduction: Backpacker's Instant Chocolate Cake

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My Daughter happens to have her birthday in summer, coincides exactly when we are in our backpacker camp.

Generally desserts take much of your time and efforts preparing them. Many a times time and lack of necessary tools or ingredients leave out desserts whilst camping.

But a birthday is a birthday, cannot go without a here is what I did. Moreover it is a dry mixture so make it light to carry in the backpack and the shelf life is considerably just needs to be moistened with water to get it going.

This fluffy cake recipe is so easy and yummy, our children look forward to the camping cake every summer camp.

Step 1: Ingredients:

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Dry ingredients

All purpose flour - 3 tbsp

Coco powder - 1.5 tbsp (if you prefer less bitter reduce it to 1tbs)

Sugar - 3tbsp (I used powdered sugar)

Baking Soda - 1/8 tsp

Milk powder-3tsp (omit in case you have milk at the camping site)

Vanilla sugar - 1/4 tsp

Choco chips/raisins - 1 tsp(optional)

wet ingredients:

Water-6tbs(replace with milk in case available)


This is for one portion. Depending on the number of people multiply the quantity mentioned.

eg. we are a family of 4 so take all the ingredient X 4 in a pack.

Step 2: Preparing the Mixture

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Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Sieve it a couple of times to make sure uniformity in the mixture.

On a thorough mixing empty the dry mixture into a ziplock bag.

Label the bag "chocolate cake"

Pack in a small sachet of butter, we get the travel sized pre packed butter. in case this is not available in your region use a small ziplock and fill it with 3 tbs butter seal it and put it into the bigger ziplock....keeping all ingredients together is very important, saves time searching for those little sachets.

Pack this "cake mix" with your all you need is a cooking vessel, 3tbs water and a heat source to get the delicious cake ready.

Keeping the mixture dry has 2 advantages.

1. it stores longer and better

2. is much lighter to carry.

Step 3: Baking the Cake

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At the campfire all you need to do is empty the tiny butter sachet into the bigger pack and add in the required water. Seal the ziplock and using your hands "knead" the plastic bag till the mixture is mixed.

For baking I generally use tin cans after using the contents-serves a double purpose. I line it with a muffin liner since it makes it easier to pull out the cake.

Snip off an end of the ziplock bag and press out the wet dough into your cooking can.

Place the vessel onto the grill or directly in the coals after the flames die out.....Wait and watch the cake rising blissfully and sending out its chocolaty aroma.

The cake is done once the crust looks dry and cracked. Maybe you could poke a skewer to check if it is done...most of the times it is not really necessary(unless you are making larger portions of cake)

Remove from the heat source with tongs.

Wait for it to cool can otherwise cause burns.

Easy quick yummily delicious.

Enjoy the fluffy chocolate cake with coffee or tea.


sunshiine (author)2015-08-25

This looks tasty and fun to make. I voted~ Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous week~


fretz4582 (author)2015-08-17

This looks delicious I voted for you

Sunglowart (author)fretz45822015-08-17

Ohhh thank you so much

amberharding82 (author)2015-08-13

My friend's gonna love this!


diyusername (author)2015-08-13

This is awesome makes me hungry just looking at it,i've voted too. ; )

Sunglowart (author)diyusername2015-08-14

Aww... Thank you so much

Battlespeed (author)2015-08-07

Cool recipe until we got to the butter. I don't carry butter in my backpack.

brv967 (author)Battlespeed2015-08-09

try sunflower oil

Battlespeed (author)brv9672015-08-10

I was thinking oil too. Thanks.

Sunglowart (author)brv9672015-08-09

The thing is oil is too liquidy and can sill out from acks, shortening or butter hold better.

Battlespeed (author)Sunglowart2015-08-10

More "liquidy" than the water and milk?? I have containers that can carry liquids just fine without spilling.

Sunglowart (author)Battlespeed2015-08-07

You might try omitting butter then, will just make the cake hard and brittle.

I have tried that earlier, taste was good just too hard.

Bard (author)Sunglowart2015-08-09

I wonder If one could make this cracker like then by change out the cooking container for a flat hot surface?

Turtle11 (author)2015-08-07

This is perfect because I'm going backpacking this weekend and it's my little sister's birthday

Sunglowart (author)Turtle112015-08-07

Have fun! Happy birthday to your sis

Turtle11 (author)2015-08-07

Can I use shortening instead of butter

Sunglowart (author)Turtle112015-08-07

Sure you can

amberrayh (author)2015-08-06

The cake looks delicous! When you cook it do you split each portion up into its own tin can? You should enter this in the Camping Food Contest!

Sunglowart (author)amberrayh2015-08-06

Thanks amberrayh for pointing that ....forgot to mention in the intructable. Yes i do make a single big 4portioned pack and then after wetting the mixture pour it equally into 4 tin cans. This way each one has a can of his own.

Since the cake fluffs up pour only very little i.e.. only to the half mark of the tin.

jzink4 (author)Sunglowart2015-08-07

never heard of vanilla sugar is it something that can use regular sugar and vanilla flavoring? thanks Jill it sounds awesome

Sunglowart (author)jzink42015-08-07

Here vanilla-sugar is pretty common, used instead of vanilla essence. It is nothing but sugar with vanilla aroma, I use it because it is dry. Generally the essence comes in liquid form, which i would avoid for this recipe.

Sunglowart (author)amberrayh2015-08-06

Yes will enter the contest. thanks.

Coolloom (author)2015-08-07


snoop911 (author)2015-08-06

I've heard baking on a stove-top with something like a wonder-pot, instead of an oven, yields great results. But they're a bit hard to find, maybe even discontinued.. and a elite dutch oven is totally different right?

Sunglowart (author)snoop9112015-08-06

Oh, never heard of a wonder pot....but google should help probably. Will look it up.

bokiconi (author)2015-08-06

very nice idea

Sunglowart (author)bokiconi2015-08-06


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