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Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

Need a great camping dessert recipe? This Chocolate Cake is made in the dutch oven and is magnificent!
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thick chocolate cake made in the dutch oven

This recipe was a test. We wanted to see if it would cook properly and it turns out that this chocolate cake was just about the best we’ve ever had.

We were skeptical because the brownies we tried before this attempt in the dutch oven didn’t turn out very well. We have tested a few times and finally came up with successful Dutch Oven Brownies.

I knew we had to add something to the chocolate cake mix. Mini marshmallows and chocolate chips came to mind. They gave this cake a gooey wow factor.

We will definitely be making this again. We will also make Dutch Oven Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake too.

While we make this in a dutch oven, I think it would turn out just as well in a regular oven.

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

This cake is super easy to make from very simple ingredients.

I love taking cake mixes and adding to it to make it into something sensational.

Easy Directions at the bottom of the post.

Like with any Dutch oven recipes, you start by prepping hot coals for cooking.

We highly recommend that you use a charcoal chimney for this.

Dutch Oven Cake

Doesn’t that look amazing? Look at the height of that cake! It was several inches tall.

The chocolate cake was so moist. We loved the gooey spots where the chocolate chips and marshmallows were. As you can see from the comments below, this is a popular recipe with several Boy Scout troops! You do not have to be a scout to enjoy this moist dessert!

close up of dutch oven chocolate cake

We devoured the cake quickly. It was divine!!!

Have you ever made a cake in the dutch oven?

chocolate cake close up

More Great Dutch Oven Cake Recipes

Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake
Lemon Blueberry Dump Cake
Pumpkin Pie Cake
Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
Classic Dump Cake

Yield: 12 servings

Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe

This recipes is for the best chocolate cake ever that is great for camping.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Additional Time 6 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • Can of Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips


  1. Create hot coals for the dutch oven.
  2. Line the dutch oven with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Mix the cake mix and soda together.
  4. Fold the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows into the batter.
  5. We used about a half a bag of chips and about a 1/3 a bag of the marshmallows.
  6. Spread the batter into the dutch oven.
  7. Place lid on dutch oven, cover with coals, and bake for 24-30 minutes depending on your heat.
  8. Use your nose to determine when it's baked. We pulled it out at 29 minutes.
  9. Time will vary depending on the size of your dutch oven and heat of the coals.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 322mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

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Friday 21st of April 2023

why use aluminum foil? Does parchment paper work?

Diana Hansen

Saturday 22nd of April 2023

Yes, parchment is even better! We made it with foil so LONG ago!


Saturday 17th of December 2022

Good morning,

How many grams of the cake mix is used?. I can't find this make of cake mix, will any chocolate cake mix do

Diana Hansen

Monday 19th of December 2022

432 grams. Yes, it does not need to be a devil's food chocolate cake mix.

Suzie Donskey

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

How many coals do you place on top of the lid and underneath the cast iron dutch oven? Other recipes I find are very specific about the number of coals to use. We made this last weekend on a campout and I used 14 on top and 10 on the bottom, only because another similar dessert recipe called for that. Our dessert had no detectable marshmallows or chocolate chips in the cake in spite of having added them. Next time, I will add the marshmallows and chocolate chips as instructed, and also add some on top just a few minutes before it is done cooking. It was a hit, which was no surprise! Who doesn't love chocolate?!

Diana Hansen

Friday 5th of November 2021

We typically put 12-14 on top and 8-10 underneath. There are times we make this and we don't see the chips & mallows, and other times we do. Seems to depend on the weather and hotness of the coals. Enjoy!

Tina Bossingham

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Why do you use sod instead of water? Does it matter what kind? I noticed in another recipe you said a dark soda.

Let's Camp S'more

Saturday 31st of July 2021

The carbonation in the soda helps it rise. Any kind should work.

Anonymous Girl Scout

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Do I add all ingredients on cake mix package as well?

Let's Camp S'more

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

No eggs, oil, or water!

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