28 Jun 2010
We recently went on a camping adventure. I know the consensus is that making all you guys relive our vacation isn’t always exciting. Don’t worry, I wont bore you with the hundreds of pictures I took of the G-man, but I had some fun stuff to show you. We camped with friends of ours who are just amazing. Both are chefs, he is an Eagle Scout and chef by profession and she teaches wine pairing at a prestigious culinary school. They have been camping for quiet a while now and have it down to a science. I will definitely write another post later this week on the menu we had, but I had many requests to see the cake baked on the campfire. Now, I didn’t get all the details on how they did it, I think this is a boy scout camping recipe. Either way, I assure you, it was the best cake I ever had.
First they make yellow cake mix in a cast iron campfire dutch oven. Then I think they swirled in some cherry filler.
Then they carefully set it level on the campfire. They had all the levels of “coal” to “btu” ratio down. They knew exactly how hot to make it to bake and not burn.
Then set some of the hot coals on the cover of the pot and let it cook.
When the top came off, it smelled amazing.
It was served hot and prepared with a dollop of vanilla frosting.
I really, really wish we had “smell-a-vision” so that I could have bottled this up to share. This was the most amazing cake I have ever had. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better- the next night, we had Banana Boats (a story for another time!)