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Dutch Oven Turtle Lava Cake

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Create this Dutch oven turtle lava cake on your next camping trip.
Caramel Turtle Dump Cake in a Dutch Oven

Here at Let’s Camp S’more, we like to create new camping desserts. This is an easy chocolate and caramel dump cake recipe that you will love.

This camping blog is under two years old. That may be relatively new, but we are definitely making a splash in the camping world.

When you Google any type of Dutch oven dessert, we are always one of the top hits.

That lets us know that our readers want more camping recipes and that desserts are king.
Dump Cake in Dutch Oven with Coals

Dutch Oven Desserts

One of our first recipes, Cherry Chocolate Lava Cake, is featured at Country Living.

Our other Dutch oven dump desserts include brownies, classic dump cake, lemon blueberry, and classic chocolate

All of these recipes can be made out the campground or even at home in a cast iron pot in your oven. This is the enamel-coated cast iron Dutch oven we use at home.

Today, we have a new lava cake recipe for you. It incorporates chocolate, caramel, and pecans, so we call it a turtle lava cake.

This cake is made with five simple ingredients that are just dumped into the Dutch oven together.
ingredients for a Caramel Turtle Dump Cake

As with most of our Dutch oven cooking, we highly recommend that you use a liner. See our tutorial for making your own or order some here.

Before you dump all of your ingredients into the pot, you need to prepare your charcoal. This is best done using a charcoal chimney.
charcoal being prepared in a charcoal chimney

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to get the recipe instructions.

It is important to put more coals on the top of the Dutch oven and as opposed to the bottom. Otherwise, your caramel will burn like ours did the first time we made it.

This dessert was very yummy! Chocolate, caramel, and pecans go so well together!

Are you a fan of these flavors?
collage of Caramel Turtle Dump Cake

Yield: 12 servings

Dutch Oven Turtle Lava Cake

Dutch Oven Turtle Lava Cake

Prepare this simple dump cake in minutes on your next camping trip.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • One jar of caramel sauce
  • One Devil's food cake mix
  • One can of lemon lime soda
  • One package of chocolate chips
  • One cup of whole pecans

Instructions

  1. Prepare approximately 18 pieces of charcoal using the charcoal chimney.
  2. Line a Dutch oven with a Dutch oven liner.
  3. Pour the caramel sauce into the bottom of the Dutch oven.
  4. Dump the cake mix on top of the caramel.
  5. Slowly poor the soda over the cake mix.
  6. Sprinkle the bag of chocolate chips on top of the cake mix.
  7. Sprinkle the pecans on top of the chocolate chips.
  8. Place the lid on your touch oven.
  9. Place six pieces of charcoal in the circle underneath your Dutch oven
  10. Please the remaining charcoal on the lid of your Dutch oven.
  11. Baked for 40 to 60 minutes, using your nose as a guide. Be careful to not to over bake!
  12. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g

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Theresa M

Friday 16th of August 2019

Why am I having such a hard time finding your recipe for the Turtle Lava Cake? Looks amazing and I so want to WOW our camping group!

Let's Camp S'more

Friday 16th of August 2019

Theresa, Thank you for the alert. There was an issue with the plugin that I just rectified. Recipes are back!!

Julie Dixon

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

I love this recipe. I would suggest that you have someone proof read your recipes as I have found several spelling errors in the few I have read. Just thought you would want to know... I cannot wait to try this. Thank you for your posts, I enjoy reading them. Julie

letscampsmore

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Oh gosh! I need to get my wife on that. I thought I used spell check. Thank you.