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Dutch Oven Turtle Lava Cake

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 Desserts include Brownies, Classic Dump Cake, Lemon Blueberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake, and Classic Chocolate,

All of these recipes can be made out at 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 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 40 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 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


  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 pour 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 55 minutes, using your nose as a guide. Be careful not to over-bake!
  12. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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

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Monday 10th of July 2023

What size of Dutch oven are you using? That should be included in the recipe.

Diana Hansen

Wednesday 19th of July 2023

10" eight quart


Wednesday 20th of July 2022

How big of a caramel sauce jar? And what kind do you recommend? When we tried it the first time, it didn’t work but definitely want to try it again.

Diana Hansen

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

We used a 12 or 14 oz jar. I cannot remember. I think we have used both sizes before. The primary consideration is not to get the bottom too hot, otherwise, it will burn.


Tuesday 17th of August 2021

I loved the idea of this but for us it was just too sweet. Cake mix, soda, chocolate chips, carmel....just an overkill of sugar.

Let's Camp S'more

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

I feel you. We have changed our diet and this is a bit too sweet for our tastes now too.

Kathy Wheeler

Friday 4th of June 2021

Can you make this on the stove top or in your oven?

Let's Camp S'more

Friday 4th of June 2021

Not on the stove, but yes in your oven. 350°, but check it around the 30-minute mark or so.


Friday 16th of April 2021

Just tried it !!! It was incredible!!! It’s a do over!!

Let's Camp S'more

Saturday 17th of April 2021


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