Sometimes I'm drawn to a recipe more for it's name than it's list of ingredients, I mean how can you resist making a Hornet's Nest Cake in your dutch oven? Not only is it a fun cake to make, it's almost too easy for something that tastes so good. After the cake bakes, the butterscotch chips sink down into the batter, leaving little holes and indentations, with a 'swarm' of pecans on the top, it does actually resemble a hornet's nest. Made with only a few ingredients, it's a great campfire dessert, the cake layer is extremely moist and the topping tastes like a butterscotch pecan pie. This recipe is all over the internet, I like this version because you can make it with instant pudding, all you need is a large bowl and a whisk and you're ready to go.
In my 12 inch dutch oven, it baked for 40 minutes with 12 coals in a ring around the bottom and 26 on the lid. Be sure to test the center before you take it off the coals. I let it cool in my oven for 30 minutes before lifting it out with the parchment. The cake sinks down as it bakes making it more like a bar and it's so sweet, a little piece will go a long way. Be sure to sprinkle the pecans on last, you don't want your little 'hornets' to get lost in the batter.
Hornet's Nest Cake
1 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups whole milk
1 18 oz package plain yellow cake mix
1 11 oz package butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped pecans
Lightly oil or spray 12 inch dutch oven; line with parchment paper.
Mix pudding and milk in large bowl according to package directions.
Add cake mix, stir until well combined, there will be a few lumps in the batter.
Pour batter into prepared dutch oven, smooth evenly with spatula.
Sprinkle batter completely with butterscotch chips.
Sprinkle chips with chopped pecans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until tester in center comes out clean.
Cool in dutch oven for 30 minutes before lifting out with parchment paper.
Cut into small pieces, cake is very rich.
|Spoon thick batter into parchment lined oven |
then sprinkle with chips and pecans
don't look too closely, you might get stung
buzzing a happy tune