Kash's Black Cherry Chocolate Dutch Oven Cobbler

We purchased our Dutch ovens about twenty years ago, with the thought in mind we would use the Dutch ovens for cooking in the wilderness.
Grant is a big time: camper/hiker/backpacker/bowhunter/all around guy's guy. Whatever that means. He loves anything that has to do with the out-of-doors. Me, on the other hand...
Let's just say a couple of days at our cabin fills my quota for getting in touch with nature. That said, once every three or four years, I dust off the Dutch ovens and channel my inner pioneer.

While I was at Stake Girl's Camp last week, my new friend Kash (who I was privileged to work with in the kitchen) provided this recipe and all of the ingredients (right down to the briquettes) for all the Young Women and their leaders at camp. Yikes. That was a lot of work. Thanks Kash.
The recipe was a winner! Everyone loved the gooey, rich, chocolaty-cherry dessert. It takes about two minutes to throw in the Dutch oven and cooks in about 30-40 mins. We made this at our cabin for the Fourth, and everyone loved it. I also made Kash's Red Raspberry Dutch Oven Cobbler, which I'll post next.
Get on your pioneer. You'll love this dessert.

Kash's Black Cherry Chocolate Dutch Oven Cobbler
Kash Castleberry
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one 12-14 inch dutch oven
2 cans cherry pie filling
1 box Devils Food Cake
1-12 oz can Black Cherry Soda ( I used Shasta)
1-12 oz bag chocolate chips, semi sweet or milk
heavy duty foil (optional)

About 1/2 hour before cooking:
Heat briquettes in chimney for 15-30 minutes until briquettes turn white. Directions here.
Line the dutch oven with heavy duty foil*. Spray foil lightly with cooking spray.
Spoon cherry pie filling into foil lined pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly on top of fruit.
Pour Black Cherry Soda over dry cake mix. Mix gently with fork so the soda doesn't mix too deep into the cherry layer. Don't worry about mixing too much, the moisture will even out during baking.
Place the dutch oven lid on.
Place 7-10 coals below the oven, and 16 coals on top of the oven in a circular fashion.
Bake 25-35 minutes for a 14 inch oven and 30-40 for a 12 inch oven.
Check after about 15 minutes. When cake is done, remove from heat and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place lid back on and allow chocolate to melt.  Serve warm with cream or ice cream.
Serves 15-18.

-Dutch Oven purists will probably frown upon the use of foil to line the pan. I say easier is better while camping. You may make this dessert without lining the pan, but be prepared to clean up a sticky mess off the bottom of the pan :)
-I suggest preparing this dish before dinner. After the cobbler is done cooking, remove from heat.  It will keep warm for at least a couple of hours with the lid on.
-When we first started Dutch oven cooking, we (I use the term "we" loosely) thought if 10 coals on the bottom were good, 20 were better. Not so. If the recipe calls for 10 on the bottom and 16 on the top, follow the recipe suggestion. Or you'll have blackened cobbler.
-When baking in a Dutch oven, more of the coals should be on top (or on the lid) of the oven to prevent burning the bottom of the dish.
-Briquettes vs other brands-  Kash only likes to use Kingsford. I agree. We have experimented with other brands, Kingsford is best.


  1. i am going to "channel my inner pioneer" and walk and walk and walk and walk til i find all the ingredients to make this delicious looking cobbler. can't wait to try it...no wait, the pioneer in me says i CAN wait, but not long:)

    1. Funny Lindsay. Walk and walk and walk. Down 5th South?

  2. can you post oven directions for those of us that don't camp?

    1. Hi Chris. I am not sure about oven directions, but I think making this as directed, then pouring it into two greased 9 or 10 inch round cake pans will work, or possibly a large (12-14 inch) cast iron skillet. If using a cast iron skillet, I would probably try covering it loosely with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until cake is done. Let me know if you try this, and if it works. Thanks!

    2. I have used my dutch oven in my kitchen oven for similar recipes without any issues. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn't over cook.

  3. This looks awesome! I wonder if you can make it in the crock-pot!

    1. I'm sure this would work in a crock pot! the cook time would be doble or triple on low maybe?

  4. I follow your blog and I am serving a mission in the UK and have to cook all the time..Young Single Adults eat alot. As I was reading I saw Kash Castleberry. She's an old friend! Now I think I'll make some Baked Ziti for the masses. Great recipes. Thank you!

    1. How fun to find Kash through A Bountiful Kitchen! Everyone who knows Kash is a blessed person :) Thanks for reading and cooking along with us!
      ps- you'll love the baked Ziti!


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