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Dutch Oven Campfire Recipes – The Devil’s Cherry Cobbler


It is your turn to do the campfire cooking on this weekend’s outdoor camping trip and you have all of your campfire recipes laid out, trying to decide which ones to use. You want to impress your fellow campers with your expert culinary skills, but you don’t want to be stuck in the camp kitchen while they have all the fun either. This 1-pot, 1-step dinner desert will make sure they remember you. And it is so easy you can prep it in 5 minutes, set it on the fire, and forget it until it’s done. The result will be a campfire desert they will talk about for years.

The Devil’s Cherry Cobbler desert is cooked in a cast iron Dutch oven, and served from it too. Less mess, less clean-up. The only cookware you will need is a cast iron Dutch oven and a large serving spoon.

The Devil’s Cherry Cobbler ingredients:

  • 2 – 18-19oz. boxes Devils Food cake mix
  • 3 – 22oz. cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 – 20oz. bottle Dr. Pepper
  • 1 – stick butter
  • 1oz. cooking oil


  • Open the Dr. Pepper ahead of time so the carbonation can fizz out, you don’t need fizz for this campfire recipe.
  • Pour 1oz. of cooking oil into a clean cast iron Dutch oven and use a paper towel to wipe the inside of the pot with it. Leave any leftover oil in the pot.
  • Open the cans of cherry pie filling and pour them into the pot.
  • Go ahead and drink about half of the Dr. Pepper, you only need half a bottle for this recipe. Pour that into the pot too.
  • Pour both boxes of Devils Food cake mix on top of the cherry filling and Dr. Pepper. DO NOT STIR!
  • Slice the stick of butter into patties and distribute around the top of the dry cake mix.
  • Put the lid on the Dutch oven, – You’re ready.


With this cake-like campfire recipe, you want your Dutch oven to work like an oven, so make sure you have plenty of hot campfire coals to use. You will need a good bed of coals, at least the same diameter as your Dutch oven, with enough leftover to form a good layer on the lid of the Dutch oven.

This recipe will take 35 – 45 minutes to cook. After 20 minutes lift the pot and rotate it about 90 degrees one way, and rotate the lid 90 degrees the other way. Check the coals on the lid; they may need to be replenished.

After 30 minutes lift the lid and look inside, the cake should look semi-dry all over, and starting to pull away from the pot walls on the top. When the cake looks dry and is pulling away from the sides of the pot all the way around, your desert is done. Remove it from the fire and dump the coals from the lid.

One last tip:

When you ladle each portion onto your fellow outdoor camper’s plates, be sure to “flip” the portion over so that the top cake part lands on the bottom with the cherries on top. This is the crowning touch that makes it a true camp cobbler.

This campfire recipe will serve about 15 campers, with maybe a little bit leftover for seconds. And there will be requests for seconds! This is a never-fail camp desert that always leaves them talking about how great a camp cook you are. And you have time to enjoy their accolades because all you had to do for clean-up was set the Dutch oven back on the fire and let it bake itself clean




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