Introduction: [Campfire Recipes] Bake a Cake in an Orange

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We often celebrate birthdays with group camping trips and love to try making new foods over the campfire so when we heard about the idea to bake cakes in an orange I gave it a shot.

The new spin on these was that we made the cake batter ahead of time. We had a vegan friend on the trip so I made batter with egg substitute and apple sauce, but this ended up working in our favor - turns out vegan cake batter is much less of a hazard as something with raw eggs.

Let's get started...

Step 1: Ingredients

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There are a bunch of different ways you can make cake, so I recommend using one you know and like. I made the cake vegan by using egg replacer (see the photo for the box) and substituted the oil out with applesauce in a 1:1 ratio. The cake was a box mix - nothing fancy here!

Get as many oranges as you have people :-)

Step 2: Prep Your Orange

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Take your orange and cut it about 1/3 of the way down. A simple slice through the skin will allow you to separate the 'lid' from the rest of the orange and then you can work the flesh of the orange out. I used a spoon to help remove the insides of the bottom.

At the end of this step, you should have a top and bottom without any orange fruit left inside. Don't worry - the cake will still absorb the delicious orange flavor from the peel!

Step 3: Mix Up the Batter

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As before, mix up your favorite cake batter. Chocolate + orange? Sounds delicious. Vanilla and orange is a winner. Be creative and use any favorite recipe. The benefit of substituting out any dairy is that you can rest easier about it spoiling if you aren't making the cakes right away and it's much easier to prep cake batter at home than in the camp ground!

Step 4: Fill Your Orange

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Right before you get to bake the oranges in the fire, add the batter into the oranges. I like to leave a little room as the cake will overflow otherwise.

Step 5: Cover, Wrap, and Bake

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Put the lid back onto the orange and wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. Once you have a good cooking fire, add these to the fire and let them bake! The timing will depend on the heat of your fire, so try to gauge accordingly and adjust your timing, but somewhere about 10 minutes is average. If it's vegan you don't have to worry about eggs being cooked so you just want to make sure the batter has firmed up.

Step 6: Add Candles and Eat!

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Remove the oranges from the fire, pull the tops off, toss some candles in (if you're using them to celebrate a birthday like we do!), and eat!

They'll likely be pretty hot coming off the fire, so maybe sing a few rounds of 'Happy Birthday' to buy yourselves some time ;-)


wyattk (author)2014-12-30

This is really cool

acoens (author)wyattk2015-02-06

Thanks, wyattk! Have you tried making them yet?

HabibasBeloved (author)2015-02-06

This is awesome! I will make this!

acoens (author)HabibasBeloved2015-02-06

Thanks, HabibasBeloved! Hope you have a blast making them :-)

Chuck Stephens (author)2014-09-02

Very cool idea. I can't wait to try this on our next campout. Good luck with the contest!

acoens (author)Chuck Stephens2014-09-02

Thanks, Chuck Stephens! I'd love to hear how it turns out for you when you have a go at these yourself :-)

blightcp (author)2014-08-30

Do you happen to know of a online source for egg substitute?

acoens (author)blightcp2014-09-02

Not sure where you're located, blightcp, but I just found the same stuff I used for sale on Walgreen's website online:

Dorion (author)2014-08-28

I'm always looking for outdoor activities/ideas/distractions for my July birthday parties (to keep people out of my tiny, hot kitchen!) and this is perfect for the bonfire. I love that the serving dishes can be integrated right back into the woods. Thanks, can't wait to try!

acoens (author)Dorion2014-08-28

Yeah, this sounds perfect for your birthday parties! Have a blast with them :-)

avocadostains (author)2014-08-27

Cool. At first I thought you were cooking them with the candle.

acoens (author)avocadostains2014-08-28

Ahh sorry for the confusion - I took process shots in my kitchen because it was dark at the campfire.

avocadostains (author)acoens2014-08-28

dang nature with her uncooperative lighting confusing people left and right.

acoens (author)avocadostains2014-08-28


If she weren't so gorgeous all the time it would be much harder to look past this glaring flaw...

peter.remmington.10 (author)2014-08-28

looks delish

Thanks, Peter!

jadedhills (author)2014-08-28

Thanks looks fun, will try it thanks again, kids will love it( kids means me)

acoens (author)jadedhills2014-08-28

Hah, yup - I was the youngin' of this bunch ;-)

fixfireleo (author)2014-08-28

cool idea! i'm surprised a vegan would eat a box mix though. must not be as militant as most i know.

acoens (author)fixfireleo2014-08-28

Her rule is nothing with a nervous system, though I'm sure there are many variations of constraints for people who are vegan. She's actually the one who tipped me off that box mixes tend to be vegan (at least what's in the box) although again, for my purposes it's more that it's dairy-free and less perishable.

johnstat000 (author)2014-08-26

They look pretty fancy! Sounds delicious!

johnstat000 (author)johnstat0002014-08-26

Someone could also make camp smoothies and pour them in the orange shell for flavor!

acoens (author)johnstat0002014-08-26

All sorts of options! You could mix up pancake batter, cook scrambled eggs using the same method, put in s'mores ingredients and see what comes out. Mmmm...

johnstat000 (author)acoens2014-08-26

Mmm.. Maybe brownies....

acoens (author)johnstat0002014-08-26

Oh yeah! Chocolate and orange is a great combo.

abaltazar1 (author)2014-08-26

didnt it taste bitter since the batter was cooked within the pith (the white layer in the peel)

acoens (author)abaltazar12014-08-26

Nope! Just like we added orange extract. I don't recommend scraping the pith off as you eat - maybe another reason to try chocolate cakes ;-)

Passion Make (author)2014-08-26

This is really awesome! I never knew you could bake a cake this way :)

acoens (author)Passion Make2014-08-26

Thanks! Give it a try sometime :-)

lindarose92 (author)2014-08-26

What a great idea! Maybe you could make a cake recipe that has orange flesh in its ingredients so you would be able to reuse it as well :)

acoens (author)lindarose922014-08-26

Thanks! I can't take credit for the original idea, but we did have a lot of fun making them.

As for the orange flesh, nothing went wasted - we just ate them for a snack while we were prepping camp food!

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