Sunday, April 7, 2013

Chocolate Skillet Cake

A little bit country!
A chocolate cake baked in a cast iron skillet.
Two of my favorite things! PLUS it mixes
 quickly and bakes in only 20 minutes. 
PLUS you get to eat it while it's 
still warm. Gotta' love that!
Whisk flour, sugar, soda, and salt in a bowl.
Boil butter, oil, cocoa, and water in the skillet.
 Remove the skillet from heat and add the 
flour mixture. Mix well.
 Whisk in the sour cream, egg and vanilla.
 It's all mixed-up right in the skillet. Easy-peasy.
 Pop into a preheated 350 oven.
Bake until done, about 20 minutes.
Now make the frosting.
Bring the  butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil.
 Remove from heat and whisk in the XXsugar.
 Chop 1/2C pecans and add to the pan. 
 Add the vanilla and stir to combine. 
Pour over the warm cake and spread with a spatula.
 Tie a bandana around the handle for
country cuteness.
Now cut yourself a piece and pour a
tall glass of cold milk. Top with a
scoop of vanilla ice cream for
total decadence.

Chocolate Skillet Cake
Combine in a bowl:
1C flour
1C sugar
1/2t baking soda
pinch salt
In a 10" cast iron skillet combine:
1/4C butter (1/2 stick)
1/4C vegetable oil
1/2C water
2T cocoa
Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Whisk in the flour ingredients.
Then mix in:
1/4C sour cream or buttermilk
1 egg
1/2t vanilla
Pop the skillet into a 350 oven for
20 minutes, just until a toothpick
comes out with a few moist crumbs.
While the cake cools a bit, make the:

In a medium saucepan bring to a boil:
1/4C butter (1/2 stick)
2T cocoa
3-4T milk (as needed)
Remove from heat and whisk in:
2C powdered sugar
1/2C chopped pecans
1/2t vanilla
Pour over warm cake, spread 
with a spatula. Serve warm with
vanilla ice cream



  1. I love skillet cakes and yours look yummy!.. because as you say, they're country like. I make an upside down apple cake in a skillet. I love them, I have two with removable wooden handles. Thank you dear Rita and have a great week.

  2. I just did a post about cast iron. I think I am going to make this cake as soon as I finish writing my comment. Thanks so much.

  3. I had to pin this for my chocolate lovers in the family.

  4. I just thought I was going to swear off sweets for a while...this looks heavenly!! Pinning...

  5. Looks like another great recipe Rita! I've bookmarked it-thanks:@)

  6. This looks amazing!!! I love the simplicity of it and the presentation at the table. Now I need to learn more about iron skillets so that when I go to a garage sale or flea market I will know if I'm buying a good one at a good price. I've looked at them in the past but know it's not just pick it up and buy it. You need to know about the quality. So off I go to check it out online... after all, that recipe is one I need to bake!!

  7. Oh, my goodness, this looks delicious. Your icing is a marvel!This will be perfect for Sunday dessert. I've got my grandmother's cast iron skillet and all of the ingredients.

  8. Definitely save this recipe for later! It's a keeper. :) Here's hoping it won't be long until you can have an oven again!

  9. this homemade cake looks very appetizing. i need to try your recipe and enjoy.

  10. The desserts looks like heaven. I would like to try it once. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I’m already craving for it.

  11. Oh My Goodness...this looks amazing! Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

  12. Okay, I'm going to make this cake today, but NOT in my iron skillet... because I've found that as apetizing as they look... the skillet is a bear to clean afterwards, and with just too of us here, it's too bulky to put a skillet in the refrigerator after we have a piece!

  13. OH NO! I’m having a warm chocolate meltdown! This looks so good, got to make it even if it’s not on my diet plan........
    Congratulations on the feature at Inspire Me Tuesday.

    The French HUtch

  14. OH NO! I’m having a warm chocolate meltdown! This looks so good, got to make it even if it’s not on my diet plan........
    Congratulations on the feature at Inspire Me Tuesday.

    The French HUtch

  15. Chocolate skillet cakes looks yummy! Don't have an iron skillet--would any other pan work as well? Glass, metal, size?

    Also do you ever do calorie counts on your recipes?

    Love your blog!

  16. This cake is made more than any other cake here. My moms home extension group meets tomorrow ...guess what was requested? :). This cake is wonderful and easy to make! Love!

  17. They look fantastic! Cakes are by far my favourite things to eat with coffee.