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A Sweet End of Summer Treat: Cakes Grilled in Orange Shells on Serious Eats

Cakes baked in orange shells
If Labor Day is the last hurrah of the outdoor grilling season, why not go out with a sweet bang? Wow your guests with these totally awesome cakes which can be baked on the grill in orange shells, which I recently wrote about for Serious Eats!

It's a little trick I discovered in an old Boy Scouts camping guide. Basically the idea is simple. First, you slice the top third off of an orange, and hollow out the bottom part:
Slice the Orange...Hollow out the orange

Then you fill it about 3/4 full with your favorite cake batter:
Oranges filled with cake batter

Then you either bake it according to the cake's recipe instructions, or throw it on the grill for about 15-20 minutes (shifting frequently if on grill):
Off the grill

Once done and cool, you can eat it as-is, or make it even awesomer by giving it a healthy dollop of frosting and garnishing it with a piece of the orange leftover from when you sliced the top off.

Either way, it's a sweet treat for the dwindling days of summer! Find the full recipe at Serious Eats!

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Reader Comments (19)

Those boy scouts are so resourceful! Nice work for summer's last hurrah!

ZOMG! I am so excited to see this because we did something like this during a Girl Guide camping trip and I have always remembered it! Thank you for this post!! These are delish!

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterWandering Coyote

Coolness! Just like you.

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterBakerella

TW: I know, aren't they? These were a big hit chez cakespy!

Wandering: Ha! Yup, it was the scouts that gave me the idea (though I found the idea in a boy scout book too!). Glad it brought back some sweet memories.

Bakerella: I'm blushing ;-)

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Awesome idea! Does it work with other citrus fruits?

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

What a great idea! I love it! The flavour from the orange would totally fuse into the batter - what a delicious taste combination. I definitely have to try this recipe.

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Ha! That is so cool...who is the genius now! ;)

September 7 | Unregistered CommenterPeabody

I'm speechless. I imagine these flavors work together wonderfully.

September 8 | Unregistered CommenterTender Branson

holy moly!!! that is so so cool!!! I have to try this recipe out!!!

September 8 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Evans

Boy Scouts?! No shit!?

September 8 | Unregistered CommenterEB of SpiceDish

This is such a cool idea! Thanks!!

September 8 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

So inventive!

Love it. Never would have thought of that.

September 9 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Cake in orange - I though of Icecream in orange shells tonight, cause I was still marvelling of my baked Amalfi lemons...great minds, some greater than others. Must make this...

September 9 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Butterfly

I tried your genius idea, and it was enjoyed by all, despite my horrible frosting job (granted it was 85 here). :-) Thanks for such a fun recipe. Got rave review from our culinary staff at SLU.

September 13 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Well, this is just too flippin' clever. Wow! Cake Spy never disappoints!

September 19 | Unregistered CommenterRook No. 17

I did this last year for Girl Guides and now im doing it for a food tech assignment aftre stumbling on this post!!!

February 26 | Unregistered CommenterTegan xx

What cake batter did you use?? XD

May 9 | Unregistered CommenterDina

This is such a fantastic summer idea for making cupcakes! I have included it in our summer cupcake feature! Feel free to check it out http://partycupcakeideas.com/50-super-ideas-for-a-summer-cupcake-part-2/

July 29 | Unregistered CommenterSprinkles
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