Dutch Oven Dessert: Double Chocolate Cake

Dutch ovens aren’t just for camping! They’re also perfect for this delicious chocolate cake dessert.


Pradyoth Velagapudi, Managing Editor

This is an easy-to-make, scrumptious cake recipe that doesn’t take much cooking know-how to prepare. It’s perfect for a chilly outdoor cookout, and it’s great for any camping trip. But there’s one catch: it’s made using a Dutch oven.

A dutch oven is a large iron pot, used with charcoal briquettes to cook or bake. Thanks to its all-around usability and portability, it’s usually used on campouts, but it can be used anytime for a delicious outdoor meal. All you need is some charcoal to heat the pot.


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 7 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp. chocolate chips


Mix eggs, oil, cake mix, and chocolate chips, and use about ½ of it to make a layer in the bottom of a greased dutch oven. In a separate bowl, stir milk, cocoa powder, sugar, and butter together and pour it over the bottom layer of cake. Then, put the rest of the cake mixture over the frosting, “sandwiching” the chocolate in between both layers of cake. Cook with 10 charcoal briquettes under the pot and 15 on top of the pot, and bake until golden. This serves about 12 people.