Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lake Powell Dutch Oven Cake

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today.

I spend way too much of my nonexistent free time looking through pictures spent at Lake Powell in past years. It’s my favorite place on earth if you haven’t picked that up from my past posts.

Today I decided to whip up a Crandall Family Reunion Lake Powell trademark. Every year we eat Dutch oven cobblers after dinner one of the last few nights. They usually consist of a bag of frozen berries and a cake mix. However, my personal favorite is the Dutch Oven Chocolate Cobbler. I don’t even know why it's called a cobbler when it's more like a chocolate lava cake.
Especially when you’ve spent the week camping. There is nothing better than warm, melt in your mouth, fresh chocolate cake.

Since we eat it on the lake, it is obviously super simple and easy. All it requires is three things:
1.  Marshmallows
2.  Chocolate Pudding
3.  Devil's Food Cake Mix

Yup. Super easy. So here is how you can make this yourself at home! If you are making it in an actual dutch oven, you'll want to view the recipe below because it is a little different. But for the domestic, non-camping scenario, you can still enjoy this delicacy.

You start by dumping half of a bag of mini marshmallows into the bottom of a greased 9x13 glass pan. Next, mix up a small (3.9 ounce) package of instant chocolate pudding. Pour that over the marshmallows.

 Next, prepare a Devil's Food cake mix according to package directions. Pour the cake mix over the pudding and marshmallows. Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for anywhere from 30-40 minutes.

Keep in mind that you have a whole package of pudding at the bottom of this. Therefore no matter what, it will be wobbly and not firm like most cakes you make. That’s fine, just make sure the cake is baked on the top.

When it's finished, you might want to wait a little for it to set up, or you can just go at it. You can’t really cut it into pieces because it’s a lava cake, so we just scoop it out into a bowl, dump a whole lot of whipped cream on it, and eat it with a spoon. If that doesn’t sound like heaven to you, no one should trust your opinion.

Dutch Oven Chocolate Cake (in the actual Dutch oven)

2 Devils Food Cake mixes (prepared according to packages)
 large package instant chocolate pudding (prepared according to directions)
*or you can use the equivalent in pudding cups if you don’t have a way to bring milk and prepare it there)
1 bag miniature marshmallows

Follow the directions stated above, however cooking times may vary. Happy Camping(: