Campfire Recipe: Banana Upside Down Cake

Nothing completes a meal like a dessert.  While this recipe is easy, it does produce an elegant dish that everyone will think you spent a lot of time on.  But, frankly you will be the only one that will really know the truth.

Campfire Recipe:  Banana Upside Down Cake


Spray or liquid oil

1 cup of packed light brown sugar

6 Tablespoons of butter

2 to 3 bananas

1 ½ cups of flour

¾ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of salt

2 bananas

½ cup of buttermilk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 ¼ cups of granulated sugar

1/3 cup of butter

2 eggs



  1. Build fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Lightly grease the inside of a 10 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil
  3. Cut parchment paper to fit on the inside of the 10 inch Dutch oven and lay down.
  4. Put a grilling rack above the fire and top with a saucepan that has 6 tablespoons of butter inside.  Melt.
  5. Sprinkle the 1 cup of light brown sugar on top of the parchment paper.
  6. Once the butter is melted, gently pour over the light brown sugar.
  7. Slice the 2 to 3 bananas mentioned in the beginning of the recipe.  Add to the 10 inch Dutch oven in a single layer.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  9. Mash the 2 remaining bananas and place in another small bowl.
  10. To the bowl in step 9, add buttermilk and vanilla extract.
  11. In another bowl, combine granulated sugar and 1/3 cup of butter.  Beat until fluffy.
  12. Add one egg to the bowl in step 11 and beat.  Repeat.
  13. Add half of the flour mixture to the mixture in step 10.  Once mixed, add half of the mixture from step 12.  Repeat until all three bowls have been combined into one and mixed.
  14. Top the banana layer in the 10 inch Dutch oven with the batter and top with lid.
  15. Carry the Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface. 
  16. Arrange 10 coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface.
  17. Place the Dutch oven on top of these coals.
  18. Add 20 prepared coals to the lid.
  19. After 10 minutes, remove 8 coals from the lid and arrange the remaining coals in a circle around the lip of the lid.
  20. Cook for another 25 minutes.  Once that time has passed, remove the lid and insert a toothpick to check for doneness.
  21. Once done, knock off the coals from the lid and move the 10 inch Dutch oven off the coals. 
  22. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before inverting onto a plate. 

Once the cake has cooled, do not forget to remove the parchment paper prior to serving.