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Dutch oven desserts are a classic camping crowd-pleaser. Throw all your ingredients straight into the pot, put it on the coals, and wait (im)patiently for a tasty cake.

But after a while your standard dutch oven recipe might start to lose its shine. You gotta mix it up!

Never fear, we’ve got you sorted. Here are five dutch oven desserts that offer a little more flavor than your classic dutch oven cake. They look so good you’re either going to want to cook them in your kitchen or go camping right now just so you can make them. (We recommend option two.)

1. Dutch Oven Mississippi Mud Cake

Let’s jump right on in with this rich, delectable mud cake. The ingredients alone will make you drool: pecans and chocolate chips that melt into a delicious ooey gooey mess. This recipe is super camping-friendly, and even has step-by-step instructions for prepping your ingredients before you leave home. Get the recipe here.

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2. Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler

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When we're out backpacking we can develop some strange food cravings. Long hours of hiking gives us plenty of time to think, and most of the time we're thinking about food. Somehow the gelato shop by our old apartment (the very place where we decided to leave on this trip) will come up in conversation and then all we can think of is a cup of toasted coconut gelato. Or Michael will inexplicably start whistling "That's Amore!" and now we both have pizza on our minds. But more often than not, whenever we're hiking we're craving a very Americanized style of strip mall Chinese food. After a long strenuous day on the trail, nothing sounds better to us than a big heaping bowl of fried rice. What food cravings do you get while hiking/backpacking? Let us know in the comments. The weirder the better. 😉

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For a twist on the classic dutch oven desserts, try this cinnamon-spiced apple cobbler. Admittedly, calling it a cake may be a (tiny) stretch, but your taste buds won’t know the difference. It’s easy to make, looks amazing, and smells even better. Plus, there’s bourbon in it. Need we say more? Get the recipe here.

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3. Dutch Oven Cheesecake

This recipe comes from an Eagle Scout who also happens to be a former President of the International Dutch Oven Society, so you know it’s going to be good. This simple cheesecake makes enough to feed an army, so tell your camping buddies to save room for dessert. Personalize it with your choice of fruit topping, and everyone will go to bed happy. Get the recipe here.

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4. Kash’s Black Cherry Chocolate Dutch Oven Cobbler

Thought we’d already covered chocolate? Think again, my friend. This may sound like a special occasion cake that only the likes of Martha Stewart could produce, but it’s full of shortcuts that make it suitable for beginner-level cooks. Only five ingredients and less than an hour later, you’re in chocolate cherry heaven. Get the recipe here.

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5. 10-Minute Dutch Oven S’Mores Cake

You had us at ‘ten minutes’ but really sealed the deal with ‘S’mores cake.’ This recipe gives you the best of both worlds, by taking the classic camping dessert and turning it into a fancy cake. It also wins the prize for least amount of prep, because it involves a pre-made angel food cake.

BRB, just need to pack a tent, hit the grocery store, and fire up that dutch oven. Get the recipe here.

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6. Mixed Berry Dutch Baby

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Feels like a Dutch baby kind of morning, doesn’t it?? take: 3 eggs 3/4 cup all purpose flour 3/4 cup milk 1 tbl sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch salt 1 1/2 cups fresh mixed berries Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Once the oven is preheated, stick your @lodgecastiron in the oven to pre-heat as well. In a large bowl, combine ingredients and whisk vigorously the mixture is light yellow and there are no lumps. Take the cast iron out of the oven and put in 3 tbl butter in the pan. Pour the batter into the pan, then top with fresh berries. Let it cook for about a minute on the stove top before putting it in the oven to bake @ 400. Cook in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the dutch baby puffs up in the center, and the edges are golden brown. 👌🏻 happy Sunday!! #windycitydinnerfairy #todaybreakfast

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A “Dutch Baby” is actually a German style of pancake. But you can make them in a dutch oven at the campground, and they’re delectable treat for breakfast, brunch, or desert. (Or any time, really. You’re camping! No Rules!) This mixed berry dutch baby is full of bright, summertime berry flavors in a fluffy pancake. So eat it for breakfast AND for desert. You’ll love it that much. Get the recipe here.

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  • Lauren Fitzpatrick

    Lauren Fitzpatrick

    Lauren has been a carny, fruit picker, teacher, and movie extra, but what she likes the most is seeing the world and writing about it. She recently spent 18 months traveling Australia in a camper trailer and is still disappointed that she didn't spot a single wombat. Read her writing at Lateral Movements