Kit Fox Cake

This is the Camp Cedars Kit Fox classic and my first stab at my new dutch oven.  In Kit Fox a gentleman by the name of Geoff would direct the construction of the cake every Friday for his classes of first year scouts.  It is by far my favorite dutch oven dessert and I had plenty of practice making it pretty much once every week this summer.  You can drop in pie filling or frost it for additional deliciousness.  I recommend cherry filling the best because at the cost of sweeter cake the cherries retain a delicious bitterness.

The preparation is incredibly simple: prepare store-bought yellow cake mix as directed with IBC root beer in place of water.  I eyeball the root beer into the drink: from a fresh bottle the level afterwards is usually just into the main part of the bottle.  In this particular case the root beer had been sitting in the back of my car for a month or so and was slightly flat and warm.  It still comes out just fine with a definite taste of root beer over the sweetness of the cake.

The book I was following for coal directions must use ridiculously warm coals because my stab at 8 bottom 14 top on my 12 incher was not nearly enough.  I wound up setting it out for a good 30 minutes after the cooking time in order to get the top done.  By that time the bottom was slightly burnt and there was a considerable loss of moisture in the cake.  It still captured the quality Camp Cedars taste.


Tasty but needed coal work.  Probably would go better off of the coals recommended here. The aforementioned frosting and pie fillings are still excellent.

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