As a joint birthday present to myself and my camping partner Shannon, we took off into Algonquin Park for a week this past Fall. No birthday would be complete without a cake, so we brought what we needed to bake ourselves a birthday cake on day 4 of our backcountry trip 🙂

But next time, I’m going to use more local ingredients… like in this Pine Cake!

A pine cake made with crushed pine needles
A pine cake made with crushed pine needles

This simple yet delectable pine cake will soon become a favourite. Ground pine needles make this cake taste amazing.


>> 3/4 cup unsalted butter
>> 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
>> 3 large eggs
>> 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
>> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
>> 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
>> 3/4 cup all-purpose (unbleached) flour
>> 4 tbsp pine needles ground up


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12″ x 8″ baking dish; set aside.

Melt butter and chocolate in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

Whisk together eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour and pine. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

Spread evenly with a rubber spatula.

Bake approximately 30 minutes – until an inserted knife comes out dry.

Let cool on a wire rack.

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