Ding Dong Cobbler

My son wanted to have a birthday party this year, and the theme we came up with was...camping. And Spongebob. So we're having a Spongebob pinata, plus a sleepover in the backyard complete with tents.

I found the perfect recipe for a camping-themed birthday cake for a 7 year-old: Ding Dong Cobbler. This recipe comes from The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook, a veritable treasure trove of outdoor cooking genius!

Ding Dong Cobbler
Requires a 12" dutch oven, a large mixing bowl, and a mixing spoon. You may also want to line the DO with heavy duty foil.

2 (18 1/2 oz) boxes Betty Crocker yellow cake mix
6 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups water
1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
12 Hostess Ding Dongs
1 single-serving packet instant hot chocolate mix
20 large marshmallows
3 Tbsp butter

Options: You can substitute chocolate cake mix for the yellow, Twinkies for the Ding Dongs, and apples or peaches for the cherries.

Open can of pie filling and unwrap Ding Dongs to save necessary time in a later step.

Pour both packages of cake mix into a large bowl. Combine with eggs, vegetable oil, and water. Pour can of pie filling into bottom of oven. Then, pour half of the cake batter over the filling. Place 6 Ding Dongs on cake batter, spacing them evenly. Sprinkle half of the hot chocolate mix over the Ding Dongs. Pour remaining cake batter into oven. Place remaining 6 Ding Dongs on cake batter.

Set marshmallows on top of batter and Ding Dongs. Sprinkle remaining hot chocolate mix over marshmallows. Cover marshmallows with small pieces of butter, to promote browning.

Bake using 8 coals arranged in a ring under the oven and 17 coals on the lid. Cake will be ready to serve when browned on top and a toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes. (Or, bake at 350* F in a conventional oven.)


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