My son, Mason, just turned 13. My baby is officially a teenager and I’m still wondering where the time went! To celebrate we had his three best friends over for a backyard camp out. The only thing I did for the “party” was to create a super simple camping cake. For the most part, the boys were left to their own devices.
The boys came over early evening, set up their tent, and got the fire going. I had a cooler full of drinks, snacks, and dinner. They cooked hot dogs over the fire, made s’mores, and ate snacks. They played in the woods, gathered more wood for their fire, and had a fun time just being outside.
Once it was dark I brought out the projector and they watched “Space Balls” and ate popcorn in our outdoor theater. They were literally outside the entire evening! They had every intention of sleeping in the tent, but it was still 80+ degrees at 11 pm, so ended up coming inside to the air conditioning, each sprawled out in the living room.
It was downpouring in the morning, so we made chocolate chip pancakes and they mostly played video games and chatted. Mid-morning we had the DIY camping cake and ice cream. It totally made me giggle when they started roasting the mini marshmallows over the candle. Such a kid thing to do!
After that, parents came for pick up and the boys went home. It was a laid back affair. I love having my kids friends over. I like seeing them interact and have their voice.
So back to the cake – it was a simple box cake that I made in a well-greased 13 x 9 pan.
Thick Pretzel Sticks
Green and Orange Chocolate Melts
White Chocolate Chips
Mini Peanut Butter Cups
The trees were made using thick pretzel sticks with green chocolate melts melted down, put in a squeeze bottle and squirted back and forth onto the pretzels. These were placed in the fridge to harden.
The fire was also made with the pretzel sticks. I broke them into 3rds and dipped them into the melted orange chocolate melts. These were also put in the fridge to harden.
Assembling the cake:
Remove the cake from the pan once cool.
Frost with chocolate frosting.
Using chocolate sprinkles, cover half the cake to resemble dirt.
Add trees to one corner, creating a little forest.
Place the graham cracker tent and another tree in the opposite corner
For the fire use 4 “flame pretzels” in a teepee style structure.
Using white chocolate chips as fire pit stones, surround the fire.
Place a sparkler candle in the center of the fire.
To finish it off add mini Peanut Butter cups as seats and mini-marshmallows on toothpicks for s’mores.
Super simple to make, inexpensive, but still fun.
What cakes have you created for your kids?