8 Simple and Comforting Skillet Cakes
There's beauty in simplicity — especially when you're talking about simplified versions of your favorite cakes, but made in one pan, with just a few easy steps to put each together. From pineapple upside-down to apple cheddar, here are seven of our favorite skillet cakes. Each is baked in cast-iron pans and served with love. And ice cream. Don't forget that.
Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
The time when pineapple upside-down cake was the height of fashion is over, but that doesn't make this retro cake any less delicious. Layer pineapple slices and maraschino cherries in a skillet, then top with light-as-air cake batter and bake until golden and perfect.
Fresh Apple Cake
Is it breakfast? Is it dessert? Yes and yes. This fresh, not-too-sweet apple cake lets the ingredients shine, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon that complement but don't overwhelm the fruit. Have it with coffee in the morning, or ice cream at night (or the morning too, we're not judging).
Related: 18 Ways to Have Apples for Breakfast
Turtle Fudge Skillet Cake
Basic Skillet Cake
If you want a standard cast iron skillet cake, this is the recipe for you. Customize it to your wishes by changing out the baking extract and fruit toppings used.
Peach Skillet Cake with Sorghum Flour
You'd never guess that this fluffy cake is actually gluten-free. Topped with juicy peaches and finished off with a dollop of whipped cream, it's a great summertime skillet dessert.
Blueberry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake
Cast iron skillets are perfect for making beautiful upside down cakes. The hot pan perfectly caramelizes the fruits and makes for an easy release when flipped over after baking.
Apple and Cheddar Skillet Cake
A little savory and a lot sweet, this cake combines the irresistible flavors of apple and cheddar cheese. Using baking mix, such as Jiffy, makes it a super simple recipe to whip up quickly.
Chef John's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
"This iconic American dessert looks like a simple, rustic fruit cobbler when it comes out of the oven, all browned and bubbling, but a few minutes later, when it's turned over and that gloriously caramelized surface is revealed, it becomes so much more," writes recipe creator Chef John.