Now this can prove to be problematic if your camp; oven cooking skills are not up to scratch to be able to cook one at camp or it’s just too much trouble to transport a ready-made cake around until the special day.



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Well, this recipe does not require a camp oven and the ingredients are all common tucker box ingredients – if you can make pancakes then you can make this cake.

This version is for a kid’s birthday cake but by substituting a few of the ingredients for others it can be turned into a delicious adult version. Keep reading for ideas at the end.



Place flour into the large mixing bowl, make a well in the middle and add the sugar, eggs and 500ml of milk.

Gradually combine ingredients until you have a thick smooth paste, add a little extra milk to get the consistency of thick pancake mix.

Evenly divide the mixture so you end up with four bowls of mixture, add the food colourings to each bowl and mix until desired intensity is achieved.

Heat frying pan over a low heat on the stove, wipe the inside of the pan with butter and pour in all the contents of one bowl.

Allow the mixture to cook slowly until bubbles form on the top or approximately 2.5 minutes, carefully turn the pancake over and cook for another 1.5-2 minutes, remove from the pan to a plate and repeat with remaining mixture.


Place the pancakes into the Engel and allow them to become cold.

Whip the cream until stiff.

Place one cold pancake on a serving plate and spread with jam and a layer of cream, repeat for remaining layers making sure enough cream is left for the top, sprinkle with hundreds and thousands and return to the Engel for at least 2-3 hours to allow cream time to set.

Hint. For an adult version, add cocoa powder to the whole mixture and make four chocolate pancakes.

Once cooked and cold, sprinkle liberally with a liquor like butterscotch schnapps, cherry brandy or Baileys; add ½ can of drained black seedless cherries then a layer of cream. Repeat for the rest and sprinkle with grated chocolate.

So now you have no excuse not to celebrate with a gorgeous cake the next time someone you are travelling with has a special occasion. Or maybe just make it for the sake of making it for morning tea. Enjoy!



You will need

1 large mixing bowl

3 dessert bowls

20-25cm frying pan or skillet

Gas stove

Egg whisk or a fork



4 cups of self-raising flour

600-700ml of milk

2 eggs

3 tablespoons of sugar

6-10 drops of your choice of food colouring

1 jar of jam

Butter for cooking

600ml of whipping cream

Small packet of hundreds and thousands


Words and Photography by Jo Clews




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