The quintessential camping dessert is most definitely the dump cake. This easy to make and quick to serve dish has been popular for most of the last century with campers and anyone who just wants a great dessert. Because these dishes are usually made from 3 to 4 ingredients they are easy for kids to prepare and delicious enough for the whole family to enjoy.
The first step to filling everyone’s stomachs with gooey dump cake is finding the right Dutch Oven for the job. The Dutch Oven needs to be big enough for the cake to fit in and not spill over when the cake expands during cooking. A great Dutch Oven for the job is the Lodge Logic® 7-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven. This Dutch Oven comes equipped with a wire bail spiral handle making moving the oven far easier. This oven at the same time has 7 quarts of cooking capacity, enough for a very big dump cake.
Now what is needed for a good dump cake is the right dry mix for the base of the cake. It is good to remember that the cake mix that is used in the dump cake is the backbone of the entire cake and has to have the right texture and flavor for a dump cake. A good mix needs to be pre made and ready to be cooked with the wet ingredients. One of the best mixes for this is Uncle Buck's® Fruit Cobbler Mix – Original, with all the ingredients for a cobbler crust already in the mix this makes a great dump cake mix to start with.
To go with the mix and add the chocolate flavor adding Bass Pro Shops® Uncle Buck's® Gone Fishin' Traditional Chocolate Cocoa Mix, is the best way to get a great chocolate flavor from the cake. Next on the list is the actual chocolate. A fun way to add chocolate is to use a favorite chocolate bar and chop it up into pieces and simply sprinkle them into the dump cake. Next thing for the dump cake is the marshmallows. These help keep the cake together and are just fun to have in a cake, using Marshmallow Fun Company® Marshmallowville Marshmallows will help make the cake great without making it too sweet to eat. Now what is needed in the mix is brown sugar. With the brown sugar it is best to just use whatever is in the house because they all will accomplish the same task. Finally the last ingredient is the liquid. For this using a citrus soda is preferable, something like a Sprite or 7up will work great. But if soda is not on hand using water will work as well.
The best way to make a dump cake is to first line the Dutch Oven with tin foil and put on the lid of the Dutch Oven. Next place from 8 to 10 hot coals underneath the Dutch Oven to start it heating. While the Dutch Oven is heating mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, ¼ cup of cocoa powder, ¾ cup of brown sugar. After the dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed add 1 ½ cups of citrus soda or water to the mix and stir slightly. Add this mixture to the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Then add on top of that, a mixture of the entire cobbler mix, 10oz of miniature marshmallows and 6oz to 8oz of chopped chocolate bar (this is usually one chocolate bar).Mix these ingredients thoroughly before adding them to the Dutch Oven. After all the ingredients are in the Dutch Oven put the lid on the oven and add 14 to 16 hot coals to the top of the Dutch Oven. This should heat the Dutch Oven enough to cook the dump cake in approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This recipe will serve from 8 to 12 people and is a great with a little ice cream on the side and is a great idea for anyone having a large group over for dinner! As always happy cooking and good luck!