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Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake

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Here is a Dutch oven dessert recipe for Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake. The full recipe is at the bottom of the post.

We’ve been on several camping trips this year. That means a lot of good food made in the dutch oven or over the campfire.

Our favorite dinner has been the Dutch Oven Chicken & Vegetables. This Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake has been our favorite dessert.

Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

We’ve made many desserts in the dutch oven over the years. They all have had something in common. They were made with a prepared box mix.

I love taking an ordinary power cake mix and turning it into something extraordinary.

I have to tell you that this cake didn’t turn out as planned. It was supposed to be more of a traditional dump cake like this one where the cake is spongy on top of a gooey cherry layer.

I think there was just too much liquid for that to happen. It turned out to be an outstanding mistake and a camping lava cake was created.

We used a dutch oven liner in our dutch oven when we baked this chocolate lava cake.

They are used whenever we make desserts or something that would require a lot of clean up.

If you’ve ever had to scrub out a caked on Dutch oven, you know what I’m talking about.

This ended up being Eric’s birthday cake. I was concerned that he might not like it because he’s not a cherry fan, but he loved it.

We quickly devoured the entire thing. It was the perfect combination of spongy and gooey.

The family was eating it as I took photos and this is what I ended up with. I’m surprised the plate wasn’t licked clean.

Do you have a Dutch oven? If this hasn’t convinced you to get one.

Check out these other great Dutch oven recipes.

Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe in the Dutch Oven - Camping soon or use the dutch oven at home? Check out this easy Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake recipe. This camping dessert will make everyone a happy camper! Make it on your next camping trip. #dessert #camping #DutchOven

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Yield: 12 servings

Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake

Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake

This Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake is perfect to make while camping.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • cherry pie filling, 1 can
  • chocolate cake mix, 1 box
  • lemon-lime soda, 1 can
  • chocolate chips, 1 bag


  1. Prepare the charcoal.
  2. Line the dutch oven with a liner or spray with cooking oil.
  3. Open the pie filling and dump it into the bottom of the dutch oven.
  4. Layer the chocolate cake mix on top of the cherry filling.
  5. Open the soda and slowly pour over the cake mix. It will foam, but shouldn't overflow if you go slowly.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the soda.
  7. Put the lid on the dutch oven.
  8. Place 16 charcoal on the lid of the oven.
  9. Make a circle of 8 charcoal that will serve as the base heat for baking the cake.
  10. Place the dutch oven over the circle and let the cake bake for approximately an hour. It might be more or less depending on the size of your dutch oven and the heat of the coals.
  11. Remove the dutch oven from the coals and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

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Friday 26th of January 2018

I'm thinking of making this for a camping themed party. But it will be made in an oven (still in a dutch oven) any thoughts on oven temp and time?


Saturday 27th of January 2018

I'd do 350 degrees. Check after 25 minutes and go longer if needed. I would recommend NOT use the whole can of soda when cooking it inside. Maybe 1/2-3/4 of the can. Good luck! Have a fun party.

Jamie H

Wednesday 27th of December 2017

Thanks so much for linking up at The Pretty Pintastic Party! This cake looks delicious, so we're featuring it at the party this weekend! I hope you'll stop by, grab a featured button, and link up some more amazing posts!


Thursday 28th of December 2017

That is very exciting, Jamie. Thanks so much.


Wednesday 8th of November 2017

This looks great and we're going to try it this weekend. For the cake mix, the box I have requires an egg and oil but I noticed you didn't use either. Are you using a cake mix that only requires water and therefor didn't need oil or egg and just used soda?


Wednesday 8th of November 2017

Jeremy, That is the magic with these cake recipes we've posted~ no eggs or oil needed. We used a devil's food chocolate cake mix, but a regular chocolate mix (we usually buy generic store brand) works. Let us know how your cake turns out.


Tuesday 17th of October 2017

How many people does this recipe make for?


Tuesday 17th of October 2017

Andy, A standard cake mix is 12 servings. When you add the extra there is more volume. So it really depends on how much each person eats. Do I hang my head in shame when I tell you that 4 of us devoured this? It wasn't one of our finest moments, although it was a DELICIOUS birthday treat.


Saturday 16th of September 2017

What size dutch oven did you use?


Sunday 17th of September 2017


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