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Dutch Oven Dump Cake

Enjoy this Dutch Oven Dump Cake recipe, which is a spin on the classic but made while camping. It definitely tastes better than the original!

Who loves eating dessert while camping? This campfire dump cake is one of our very favorite Dutch Oven Desserts.

Dump Cake with pecans

This recipe is so easy to make in a Dutch oven! It is just one dump cake recipe in our collection.

You will also enjoy our other camping dump cake varieties: Lemon Blueberry, Pumpkin Pie Cake, Chocolate Cherry Lava, Caramel Apple Pie, and Cranberry Apple.

Dutch Oven Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

The ingredients for this camping dessert are really easy. You need a yellow cake mix, cherry pie filling, and a lemon-lime soda. Pecans and crushed pineapple are optional.

The entire Dutch oven cake recipe is at the bottom of the post.

ingredients for a camping dessert cake


Light charcoal hot coals for the Dutch oven using a charcoal chimney. This is how we start all our Dutch oven recipes.

Line the Dutch oven with foil and spray it with some cooking spray with a parchment liner*. You can also create your liners using this tutorial. We are concerned about cooking with aluminum. Therefore, we now line with parchment.

Dump the pie filling into the bottom of the Dutch oven.

Dutch Oven Dump Cake with Soda

Mix the cake mix and soda together in another bowl and pour over the cherry filling.

Sprinkle the pecans on top. I just covered half since some of our eaters wanted it without.

steps for making a camping dump cake

Place the lid on the Dutch oven, cover it with coals, and bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on your heat.

Use your nose to test for doneness. We could really smell a strong baking smell, and when we pulled it out, it was around 23 minutes. It turned out perfectly!

If you can smell a burning smell, you’ve baked it too long.

The filling was hot, but that didn’t stop everyone from devouring it.

This is NOT a posed photo below. It was so delicious that we were practically fighting over it.

Yummier than made in a conventional oven!

Dutch Oven Pineapple Dump Cake

A classic dump cake is made with a can of crushed pineapple. We tried using a full can of pie filling and crushed pineapple and discovered it was too wet for the cake to cook correctly.

If you want to include it, use half a can of crushed pineapple and half a can of cherry pie filling. What are your favorite Dutch oven camping desserts?

images of a dump cake made in a dutch oven lined with foil with text

Yield: 12 servings

Dutch Oven Dump Cake

Dutch Oven Dump Cake

Enjoy a classic dump cake made in a Dutch oven while camping. This delicious camping dessert can be made with or without pecans.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • Can of cherry pie filling or half can of cherry pie filling and half can of crushed pineapple
  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Can of Lemon-Lime Soda
  • optional: Chopped Pecans


  1. Use a charcoal chimney to prep coals for the Dutch oven.
  2. Line the Dutch oven. You can use foil, which will also need some cooking spray or you can use parchment liners.
  3. Dump the pie filling or half pie filling and half crushed pineapple into the bottom of the Dutch oven.
  4. Mix the cake mix and soda together in another bowl.
  5. Spread the cake batter over the cherry filling.
  6. If desired, sprinkle the pecans on top.
  7. Place lid on the Dutch oven.
  8. Place 8 coals under the oven and 17 on the lid.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your heat.
  10. Use your nose to test for doneness. We baked ours for 23 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

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Monday 18th of May 2020

Would it work, and taste, okay to substitute the cherry filling with apple pie filling?

Let's Camp S'more

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Yes! Although I would not add pineapple to apple.


Saturday 14th of December 2019

Can you bake this in regular oven?

Let's Camp S'more

Saturday 4th of January 2020

Yes. I recommend a 350-degree oven for 40-50 minutes, although you might have to adjust slightly for your oven or altitude.


Wednesday 14th of August 2019

How many coals on top and bottom? What size can for the filling?

Let's Camp S'more

Friday 16th of August 2019

21 oz can of filling. We typically do 6-8 coals below and 12-15 on top.


Saturday 15th of June 2019

When you mix the cake mix -do you need the oil and eggs too? Or just mix it with the soda and pour mixture over fruit filling?


Saturday 15th of June 2019

No oil or eggs. :)

Bonnie Tuttle

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

What size D.O. and temp. please.


Sunday 2nd of June 2019

I think ours is an 8 quart. Usually around 350 degrees.

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