Campfire Recipe: Maple Cake

This recipe reminds me of my great-grandmother’s jam cake.  It is moist and sweet.  While I would normally use the real thing when it comes to maple syrup, this recipe is actually better with the artificial kind and only you will know the difference.  

Campfire Recipe:  Maple Cake


Spray or liquid oil

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon of baking powder

¾ teaspoon of salt

2 eggs

1 cup of inexpensive syrup

1 cup of heavy cream

¼ cup of butter

2/3 cup of chopped walnuts



  1. Build fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Lightly grease the inside of a 12-inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Line the 10-inch Dutch oven with parchment paper.
  4. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. In a large bowl, crack the eggs and beat until the yolks and whites are mixed.
  6. Slowly add the maple syrup to the egg mixture and beat until fluffy.
  7. Place grilling rack above the fire.
  8. Put butter in saucepan and place on grilling rack.
  9. Melt the butter and set aside.
  10. Add the heavy cream to maple syrup and egg mixture.  Beat for 1 minute.
  11. To the large bowl, add the flour and melted butter.
  12. Pour the batter into the prepared Dutch oven and top with lid.
  13. Move the Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  14. Arrange 10 prepared coals into a circle on the heat resistant surface.
  15. Put the Dutch oven on top of these coals.
  16. Add 16 prepared coals to the lid.
  17. Cook for 15 minutes and then move the coals on the lid to the edge of the lid.
  18. Continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
  19. Once the time period has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and insert a toothpick into the center of the cake.  If it comes out clean then it is done.  If the toothpick comes out with batter on it, continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
  20. Remove the Dutch oven from the coals and allow the cake to completely cool.
  21. After it has cooled, lift the cake out of the Dutch oven by the parchment paper.  It is ready to serve now or you can top it with the icing recipe below.

Maple Butter Frosting


¼ cup of softened butter

2 cups of powdered sugar

1/3 cup of syrup


  1. Cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar.
  2. Add syrup and mix until creamy and easy to spread.

Spread on top of the cake and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.