Camp Fire Recipe: Cherry Coffee Cake

Who says you cannot have a delicious dessert beyond the campfire staples? Well, if you ever questioned this, check out the recipe below. If you do not like cherries, do not hesitate to use a pie filling that tantalizing to your taste buds.   

Camp Fire Recipe:  Cherry Coffee Cake


Liquid or spray oil

1 cup of granulated sugar

½ cup butter, set out to soften

1 cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

1 (21 ounce) can of cherry pie filling


¼ cup of all purpose flour

¼ cup of granulated sugar

¼ cup of chopped nuts, variety your choice

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

3 Tablespoons of butter


  1. Build a fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Grease a 12 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil. Line the Dutch oven with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and softened butter. Cream together.
  4. To this mixture, add sour cream or Greek yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. Continue to cream together until the mixture is completely mixed.
  5. Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl from step 4. Beat together until mixed.
  6. Pour half the batter into the 12 inch prepared Dutch oven. Spread evenly over the parchment paper.
  7. Open the can of cherry pie filling. Pour on top of the batter and smooth over.
  8. Add the remaining batter and spread.
  9. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, nuts, and cinnamon from the topping list. Stir to combine.
  10. Slice the butter from the topping into small pieces. Cut into the dry ingredients.
  11. Once the topping from step 10 is crumbly, sprinkle on top of the batter.
  12. Put the lid on the 12 inch Dutch oven.
  13. Move the Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  14. Arrange 12 prepared coals in a circle and place the Dutch oven on top.
  15. Place 18 prepared coals along the rim of the Dutch oven lid. Fill the center with 10 prepared coals.
  16. Bake for 45 minutes.

Once the time has been reached, carefully remove the lid and check the doneness with a tooth pick or knife. To do this, simply insert the tool into the center of the cake. Pull directly up. If the tool comes out clean then it is done. If it comes out doughy, place the lid back on and cook for another 10 minutes.