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This Campfire Cake in Orange is a delicious cake to make outdoors or in the oven or grill. The orange keeps the cake extra moist while adding a touch of flavor, not to mention creating a beautiful presentation!

Campfire cakes in a orange shells with whipped cream on top

The recipe is one of our favorite campfire desserts along with Cinnamon Rolls Baked in Oranges and S’mores Cones. They’re super-easy to make using a boxed cake mix, some oil, water and a few eggs. Whipped cream and sprinkles are optional for serving.

We’ve had the question of why to make these campfire cakes? Well, they’re so much more interesting than your regular pan of brownies. Plus, they look and taste fabulous! Try them and see for yourself…

How to Make Campfire Cake in Orange Shell

Start by slicing the tops off your oranges and scooping out the insides with a spoon. We don’t use the orange flesh in this recipe, so you can simply eat or juice it!

Then make your cake batter following the package directions. Spoon the batter into the hollowed-out oranges until about 2/3 full. Wrap them tightly in aluminum foil.

Cook the cakes over the campfire, on the grill or in the oven. It’s your choice. For the campfire, you want to be about 3-4 inches away from glowing embers with no flames. A grill or oven should be preheated to 350°F.

To check doneness, insert a cake tester or skewer through the foil to make sure it comes out clean. Unwrap and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before adding the optional whipped cream and sprinkles on top!

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Campfire cake in an orange shell with whipped cream on top
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Campfire Cake in Orange

This Campfire Cake in Orange is a fun cake to make while camping or at home in the oven. The orange keeps the cake extra moist while adding a touch of flavor and creating a stunning presentation!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 15 oz white cake mix, one box
  • vegetable oil, called for on cake mix box
  • eggs, called for on cake mix box
  • 6 large oranges, navel oranges recommended
  • 4 oz whipped cream
  • colored sprinkles, optional decoration


  • Prepare a campfire until you have glowing embers. If using an oven or grill, preheat to 350°F.
  • Using a sharp knife, carefully slice off top inch off the oranges. Then scoop out the insides to a bowl (see note).
  • In a medium bowl, prepare cake batter according to the package instructions.
  • Spoon the batter into the oranges until 2/3 full. Wrap each orange in aluminum foil and place top-up 3-4 inches from your campfire embers, or in the your preheated oven or grill.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until a cake tester or skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove from the heat to allow to cool for 5 minutes. The carefully unwrap the foil.
  • Add optional whipped cream and sprinkles before serving.


  • This recipe does not require the orange flesh, which you can use in another recipe or to make juice. Note: you can remove the flesh one day ahead of time.
  • Variation: This recipe also works with chocolate cake mix.
Nutrition Facts
Campfire Cake in Orange
Amount Per Serving (1 orange)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 513mg21%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 209IU4%
Calcium 183mg18%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: campfire cake, campfire cake in orange shell
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