Warm Chocolate Skillet Cake

Warm Chocolate Skillet Cake

Weather: my good friend weather.com says it’s 26 degrees out there
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my son watching a movie beside me as I type

The best way to eat dessert might be family-style. There’s something fabulously fun and simple about bringing a large dish of dessert to the table, putting it right smack dab in the middle, and telling everyone to dig in. And then experiencing the sheer joy of it all, bite by messy, delicious bite. Family memories in the making – in this case – gooey chocolate memories.

Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake via Alaska from Scratch

Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake via Alaska from Scratch

Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake via Alaska from Scratch

Five spoons + A hot, gooey pan of fudgy chocolate cake + Warm chocolate pecan frosting + Vanilla bean ice cream slowly melting on top = Three very happy kids and two very happy parents. Don’t forget the napkins.

Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake via Alaska from Scratch

I can’t even tell you how difficult it was to stave everyone off while I took these photos. You’ll just have to imagine it.

Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake via Alaska from Scratch

Leftovers are very very unlikely. Just saying.

Warm Chocolate Skillet Cake

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Adapted from [Willow Bird Baking|http://willowbirdbaking.com/2012/04/25/gooey-chocolate-skillet-cake-ice-cream-sundae/]

Yields: 4-6 servings

  • For the Cake:
  • 1c flour
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 1c sugar
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1/4c butter
  • 1/4c canola oil
  • 2T cocoa powder
  • 1/2c water
  • 1/4c buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/4c butter
  • 2T cocoa
  • 4T milk
  • 1/2c pecans, chopped
  • 2c powdered sugar
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • For Serving:
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Set aside.

Place a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter. Whisk in the oil, cocoa powder, and water and bring it to a simmer. Remove it from the heat and mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Whisk in the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Place the skillet in the oven and bake 15-20 minutes or until just set.

As soon as the cake is out of the oven, begin making the frosting. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the butter, cocoa, and milk and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, pecans, and vanilla. Pour the warm frosting over the warm cake and spread gently with a spatula to cover.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

18 comments
Love2Cook
Love2Cook

My husband made this for dessert last night (after I had made your Jalapeño lime shrimp for dinner) and it was wonderful. He used Einkorn flour and the cake was airy and literally melted in your mouth. We will definitely be making this again!

Julie
Julie

So glad you enjoyed it :)

KLarson
KLarson

I only have an 8 inch skillet, but I'm wary of cutting the recipe in half because I don't know if that would alter the chemistry/reactions too much! Do you think it would work? (Only until I get a bigger skillet, of course!)

caribouwoman
caribouwoman

I have made this recipe for many years in a 9x13 pan, and is a family favorite. I add a handful of mini marshmallows after pulling cake out of oven and put back in for 5 minutes- just to soften them- then add the warm, boiled icing and nuts on top= I love the idea of making in a cast iron skillet.

 

amy
amy

Ok this looks amazing!  I don't have a cast iron skillet (putting on my Christmas list) but in the meantime any suggestions on if I can make it another way?

Jess
Jess

Skillet cake is so so smart - easy clean up, and such pretty presentation!

Kaite K
Kaite K

*sigh*  I need a bigger oven.  I only have a toaster oven for now and this looks delicious. 

ErinLibrarian
ErinLibrarian

Well, now I need a bigger cast iron skillet! :)

HeatherMcKean
HeatherMcKean

Maya,

 

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