Go Back

Easy Dutch Oven Chocolate Cake

Make your favorite cake outdoors with this deliciously easy recipe.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 160 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 c. lime soda
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs


  1. Prepare coals according to the temperature on the box. This box said to bake at 325 degrees F. According to the Dutch oven cooking chart, that is 15 coals on top and 7 on the bottom for my 12-inch Dutch oven. 

  2. Follow the mixing directions on the box and mix in a bowl. Alternatively, you can mix the cake in the Dutch oven but grease the oven first.

  3. Grease the Dutch oven with Crisco or lard and flour.

  4. Pour the cake batter into the Dutch oven and cover with the lid.

  5. Place Dutch oven over 7 coals on the bottom, and 15 on top. Bake according to instructions on the box. This cake was done in 20 minutes. The cake is done when you can dip a toothpick or fork in the cake and it comes out clean. Remove the oven from the coals and remove the lid, let stand for 10 minutes before removing.

  6. Carefully remove the cake from the Dutch oven by placing a cooling grate or plate over the Dutch oven and turning it over. Beware as the cast iron will still be hot. 

  7. Let cool completely before frosting.

Recipe Notes

See The Culinary Camper for the Dutch oven cooking chart.

Dutch oven liners on Amazon.com

Dutch ovens on Amazon.com