Foil-wrapped apple cake

Foil-wrapped apple cake

Yield: 2

One of the best parts of mass-produced breads, like hotdog and burger buns, is their super-squishy, cake-like quality. That makes them a great ingredient to serve as both dinner and dessert on your camping trips.

Inspired by the traditional French pastry, tarte Tatin, this foil-wrapped dessert cooks the apples, butter and sugar first, then gets flipped so the bread soaks up all the sweet, sticky juices and turns into far more than the sum of its parts.

Try substituting any other fruits you’ve packed for your trip, and any sort of cakey white bread—grocery-store sliced bread or burger buns both work really well.


  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 hotdog bun
  • Ground cinnamon, optional


  1. Have a large piece of foil on hand. Cube the butter and scatter half the cubes along the center of the foil (you want the area of butter to be about as big as the hot dog bun when it’s open and laid flat). Sprinkle the sugar over the butter, then lay the apple slices on top. Open the hot dog bun so that it’s flat, and place it open side down on top of the apples. Scatter the remaining butter on top of the bun, then cover with a second piece of foil and crimp the edges so they’re tight to the bun.
  2. Build a fire and let it burn down until you have a few flames and a solid bed of coals. Place grill over coals and let the grill heat up for a few minutes.
  3. Place the foil packet apple side down on the grill and cook until you can begin to hear the packet sizzle, then continue to cook for about 10 minutes. Carefully flip the package over and cook for another 10 minutes. Carefully remove the package from the grill and open by tearing away the top piece of foil.
  4. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon, if you’ve got it, and serve hot.