The Ultimate Backcountry Birthday Cake Recipe | Canoeroots Magazine | Rapid Media
A backcountry birthday cake for camping trips. Photo: Hannah Griffin

Make evenings and celebrations in the backcountry super sweet with a killer cake recipe

Being on a canoe trip for your birthday is a treat in itself. Make it even more special with a camp-stove friendly birthday cake. More akin to a fudgy brownie— and less reliant on food science for success—it’s just as festive as a classic bonne fete cake when decorated with icing and candy.


Prep at Home

1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
3 tbsp (45 mL) vanilla sugar or granulated sugar 2 tbsp (30 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp (15 mL) powdered eggs
1/4 tsp (1 mL) baking powder
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt
1/3 cup (75 mL) icing sugar
1/4 cup (60 mL) chocolate chips (optional) Coloured sprinkles or candy (optional) Parchment paper and foil

To Serve

Water (approx. 1/3 cup/75 mL) 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil


Prep at Home

1.In a sealable plastic bag, combine flour, vanilla sugar, cocoa, powdered eggs, baking powder and salt. Seal and store at room temperature for up to one month.

2.Pack icing sugar, chocolate chips and candy in separate sealable plastic bags.

3. Cut a circle of parchment paper to fit into the bottom and about half an inch up the sides of a six-inch skillet; roll up and pack. Pack a piece of foil slightly larger than the skillet.

To Serve

1. Preheat camp stove over low heat.
2.Shake flour mixture in bag; pour in four tablespoons of water and the oil. Gently squeeze until evenly moistened.

3. Rub a little water over both sides of parchment paper to make it more flexible and... 



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