Introduction: Scout Project: Campfire Cakes (Cakes Cooked in an Orange)

About: I'm an un-repentant mess creator... I'll turn my hand to anything and providing i get my fingers back... I'm happy.

Whilst looking for a new fun campfire activity i came across people talking about cooking cakes inside oranges, but unfortunatly none of them were ever able to provide me with a method to getting them right. So, in preparation for scout camp next weekend, i decided to do some investigating...

They are REALLY easy to make, and taste great

If you like it rate it, if you make it show me :D

Step 1: Ingredients

Wotcha' gunna need:
Mixing bowl
Sharp Knife
Campfire, Fire pit or BBQ

Self Raising flour
Castor Sugar
Marge or Butter

If you want to have orange juice at the camp:

I usually make a 4442 sponge cake mix...

4oz of Caster Sugar
4oz of Marge or Butter
4oz of Self Raising Flour
2 eggs

but to try it out, i decided to make it a 2 2 2 1 mix

I found that this amount would fill two to three normal /medium sized oranges, so you will have to work out  how much mix you will need for your troop size.


This REALLY annoys me, when someone makes something for you to CONSUME and they don't bother to wash their hands before hand... So I have decided to make a point of a few things that TV Chefs or whatnot don't seem to be able to do

# Remove any rings/ Jewellery that may come in contact with the food
# Wash your hands before you cook
# After handling Eggs, its good practice to wash your hands (Stops the spread of Salmonella and such)
# DO NOT Lick or taste off a spoon THEN put it back into the bowl you took the sample from... EWW... If I wanted your germs I would kiss you!

Before I start sounding like a rambling germ freak, I'm sure you'll agree this is all common sense... But some people just don't ...get... that its not hygienic

At camp it's not always easy to maintain the same levels of hygiene as in the home, but it's best to make sure your Scouts remember:
  • Make sure they remember to wash their hands, or at least use abit of antibacterial gel before they eat
  • Remind them to take off their neckerchiefs whilst around the fire
  • Remind them that fire=hot... some of them forget.

Step 3: Dry Ingredients

Measure out your dry ingredients and put to one side

Step 4: Mix Em Up

Right, now making cakes is easy, don't let people tell you it's difficult... I did it by hand because at camp it's not likely that you'll have a mixer :)
  • Mix your butter and castor sugar together
  • Crack in your eggs
  • Mix it all together as if you where whisking scrambled eggs... make sure you get loads of air into the mix
  • Chuck in your flour, i didn't bother sieving it or adding it bit by bit... do whatever makes you feel happy
  • When it resembles a smooth paste it's ready
  • Add in choc chips or any other flavorings you want (i didn't)

Step 5: Oh Orange You're So Hollow

Now, however you wish to do it, you need to hollow out your orange ... I cut the top inch off as a lid, then carefully scooped out all the orange out of the orange and the lid, making sure to get out all the orange skin, leaving just the tick white pith attached to the skin (please say you understand what i mean)

At camp I am going to get my scouts to put the remaining orange juice and pulp in to a bowl, which we will sieve and drink as orange juice. (AHA They'll never guess they're eating fruit!!!)

Step 6: Stuffit!!!

I filled my orange to about a centimeter under the rim.... it doesn't really matter how much you put in, but it will over flow whilst cooking if you put too much in

Step 7: Put Y'coat On!!

Pop the lid back on your orange and wrap up your orange ready to go on the fire... I wrapped it so that all the edges were at the top, forming a funnel/handle to pick it up with

All you need do now is plop it in the fire, put it in a nice warm spot, not with flames but on embers. Because this was very much an experiment i decied to time how long it took

After about 5-10minutes i could smell orange oil so i knew it was cooking, and there was some steam... at 10mins i decided to have a look

Step 8: Smells Ready...

After 10 minutes  i gave it a look, and it looked delicious, i decided to take it off the embers...

Step 9: Tuck In

I 100% guarantee that EVERYONE will love these, well except for those people who don't like orange... or cake ....

The cakes are light and fluffy with a very slight taste of orange. Just a nice little change of pace from your usual camp side twists, or smores

Good luck and let me know how they go

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