July 30, 2008

Camping Cake

We're off to go camping at the coast for a few days. And possibly visit the aquarium, if I can stomach the admission fee. We went to the zoo last week and I about keeled over at the ticket booth when I realized how much it was going to cost.

Moving on! I may be wrong, but I believe there is a rule that all personal blog writers must at some point post a recipe. Or maybe it's just an inevitability, like responding to the lure of a lazy meme. In any case, here is the recipe for Camping Cake.

Camping Cake is a family tradition from my childhood. We ate it almost every time we went camping and only when we went camping, so it maintained a certain mystique. There is almost nothing natural or healthy about it, which is part of its chocolaty awesomeness. It throws together quickly when you're trying to pack. It's dense and unfrosted, so you don't need a fork or plate to eat it. And it comes in handy as a bribe/privilege to remove at the campground, not that you would ever resort to such tactics with your lovely children. Ahem.

Camping Cake (aka Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake)

1 package instant chocolate pudding (buy the 6 serving size, but only dump in 3/4 of it)
1 box devil's food cake mix
1 package chocolate chips
1 3/4 cup milk
2 eggs

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix by hand until well blended--about 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 50-55 min. or until cake springs back when lightly pressed. (Don't overbake--it starts to taste burned pretty easily.) Cool 25 min. in the pan; remove from pan and continue cooling. Dust with powdered sugar.

So good it's worth turning on the oven in the middle of summer.


Anonymous said...

Mmmmm... that sounds yummy. And I don't even like camping. ;)

By the way, is it too late to ask a question? It's one of those things I've always wondered, but just never asked... where did "Puppy" get his nickname from? :)

Lori said...

Just found your blog from a friend so forgive the late comment. First, you can by a zoo membership which is tax deductible. Win-win! Second, your camping cake is the same recipe that won a bake off competition we had at work. It just goes to show you that simple really is better!

Indyaanna said...

I recently made a camper cake while camping made of one box of cake mix, 2 litres of redpop and one can of pie filling, but it didn't turn out very cakelike. Anybody ever made that?

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