Three Easy Dutch Oven Desserts

Dutch oven desserts are one of my favorite Dutch oven dishes.  Luckily, they are also one of the easiest dishes to cook in your Dutch oven. There are many dutch oven desserts, but here are three Dutch oven desserts that are especially easy.

Dutch Oven Dessert - Dutch Oven Cherry Cobbler

Dutch oven cobblers are legendary!  This one is no exception.  It is so simple to cook but is so delicious--your guests will love it.  See my recipe for Dutch Oven Cherry Cobbler.


Dutch Oven Cherry Cobbler


Dutch Oven Dessert - Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Another very popular Dutch oven dessert is the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Put the Dutch oven lid and and use 10 briquettes on the bottom, 16 on the top. Bake the cobbler for 45 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes. At 45 minutes, check to see if the crust has browned and if the cherry filling is bubbling. If so, then it is cooked and you are ready to serve! This is delicious with ice cream or even whipped cream.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch Oven
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 can sliced pineapple rings (you'll need about 8 slices. Save the pineapple juice)
  • 10 maraschino cherries
  1. Start by preheating your Dutch oven. Use about 10 coals underneath and 16 on top.
  2. Put the cake mix, oil, eggs, water, and juice from the pineapple in a bowl and mix, stirring until all of the lumps are gone.
  3. Melt the butter in the dutch oven.
  4. Add the brown sugar.
  5. Stir in with the butter until it is dissolved.
  6. Add the pineapple rings, spacing evenly along the bottom of the Dutch oven. I usually put 7 around the outside, and 1 in the middle of the Dutch oven.
  7. Put the dutch oven lid on and put back on the coals for about 30 minutes.
  8. Check to make sure the cake is done (toothpick comes out clean).
  9. The cake may shrink a little when it is done, but that's ok, because it will help you remove the cake upside down!
  10. When the cake is done, take the lid off and turn the Dutch oven over onto a plate or other serving dish. Put 1 maraschino cherry into the middle of each pineapple ring.


A Pineapple Upside-down cake is one of the classic, favorite easy Dutch oven desserts.


Dutch Oven Dessert - Chocolate Turtle Cake

Dutch Oven Turtle Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch Oven
  • 1 pkg German Chocolate Cake mix
  • 1⅓ c. water
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 package caramels (14 oz)
  • ½ c. evaporated low fat milk
  • 1 cup minced pecans
  • 1 (6 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 c.)
  1. Line your Dutch oven with heavy foil, or use some strips of parchment paper that you lay across the bottom of the dutch oven, and up opposite sides (use 5-6 strips, spacing them around the dutch oven). This will help you remove the cake when it is done.
  2. Make the cake, using the mix, water, oil, and the eggs.
  3. Pour half of the batter in the Dutch oven and then cook over coals, with the lid on, until done, about 15-20 minutes (check to make sure it's done--toothpick comes out clean).
  4. While the cake is cooking, heat the caramels and evaporated milk in a sauce pan and melt. You can do this on the fire.
  5. When the first layer of cake is done, pour and spread the caramel mix over the warm cake in the dutch oven.
  6. Sprinkle the pecans and chocolate chips over the mixture and then spread the remaining cake batter on top of that.
  7. Cover with the lid, add 12 coals on top of the lid.
  8. Cook until done, about 15 minutes.
  9. This tastes great warm (with ice cream, it would be great!) but helps if you let it cool completely before you serve.
Just a hint for cooking the cake in a dutch oven. Use a pie tin in the bottom below the tin foil. Underneath the pie tin, put either a dutch oven trivet, or some small stones. This will keep the cake off the bottom of the dutch oven and make it MUCH less likely to burn! This will only work if you are putting foil in the bottom, otherwise the cake batter will spill over the sides of the pie tin.

These are some great dutch oven recipes. Give them a try!


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  1. Rebecca Atkin

    I tried your chocolate turtle recipe twice and both times it flopped. Are you sure all the ingredients are there and that they are all right? The first time I decided there was way to much soda so the second time I did it exactly the same only I only put in 1/2 tsp soda and it still turned out as a bubbly, liquid goo instead of a cake. It sounds delicious but I think there must be something missing of something else with the wrong proportions. If possible please email me and let me know what was wrong with the recipe. I would love to try it again if it will actually turn out like a cake.

  2. Scott

    Hmmm, that’s interesting. And now that I look at it, it’s definitely not 1/2 cup of baking soda It’s been a while since I tried it, so I will try and do so soon and let you know. Sorry about that. I’ll let you know (and update if necessary).

  3. Becky

    I’ve never used anywhere near 1/2 cup of baking soda for any recipe, so I knew that must be an error. I improvised and used 1 Tbs. baking soda. I also didn’t feel that there needed to be so many marshmallows, so I actually only used 1/4 of a bag. When trying to cook it we had some mishaps, and didn’t get to keep it on consistent heat, so I’m not too sure what the end result would have been as of yet. We will continue to try in the future though because the flavor was wonderful–if you can get past the fact that it’s more pudding-like than anything. Next time we will probably cut the butter amount down to 1 stick instead of two, as well as lessen the brown-sugar to a 1/2 cup to try to have it set up a little better. Overall, I thought this recipe was a good starting point, but definitely not ok as is.

    1. Scott

      Yep, I agree, never used 1/2 cup of baking soda either. I’m trying to dig through my stuff I see what I entered wrong.

    2. Scott

      You know it’s also interesting that, even though I’ve had that recipe up for quite awhile, I’ve only had a comment about a problem with it recently!

  4. C H

    Could it be 1/2 cup of soda pop (as in 7-up)?

    I was also wondering if there was a cooking time estimate!

    1. Scott

      @C H No, it wasn’t soda pop.
      @Greg I’m going to work on this recipe this weekend and see if I can figure out what it was supposed to be and get this recipe updated.

  5. Greg

    Did you figure out the turtle cake ?

  6. Scott

    All right, I have updated this post with a different recipe for the chocolate turtle cake–tried it out tonight to make sure it was correct, it was delicious! I’m still working on the old one to see how to fix it, but this should be good for now!

  7. Cindy

    I was looking at the recipe for pineapple upside down cake and wondering what size dutch oven you were using. Mine would never allow 10 pineapple rings in the bottom.

    1. Scott

      I agree, I’m thinking that was with a fairly large dutch oven. I usually use a 12″ dutch oven and 10 won’t fit in mine either. The number should be 8 for a 12″ dutch oven. I’ve updated the recipe. Usually I put 7 around the outside and put the last ring in the middle.

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