Skillet Chocolate Cake

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Sometimes you need cake.

Sometimes?  All the time?

 

And really, having a simple chocolate cake in your arsenal for last minute cravings is essential.

Especially one you can do in your cast iron skillet.

 

Seriously, any pan you can both fry bacon and bake a cake in is tops on my kitchen-essentials list.

 

And after the weekend that I’ve had (our AC fizzled out on a 93 degree day) a slice of chocolaty cake is the only remedy.

Eat your pain people.  It’s ok.

 

Skillet Chocolate Cake.

Skillet Chocolate Cake | Cookies and Cups

I started with a little cocoa powder.

Since I was having such a stinky day I broke out the fancy stuff.  But certainly use whatever cocoa powder you have…I will say, though, that a dark cocoa powder is best for this cake.

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Mix your cocoa powder with chocolate and hot water until it all melts together…

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Next up, cream your butter and brown sugar together… photo IMG_0736_zpsfc0eb859.jpgGo ahead and pour in your melted chocolate mixture…

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Add a few other usual ingredients and your batter will be glorious and delicious… photo IMG_0748_zps381dec72.jpgSpread your batter into a prepared skillet.

You don’t HAVE to use a skillet for this recipe, but it’s kinda fun and leaves the edges of the cake slightly crispy, which I love.

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When it’s baked it will look like this… photo IMG_0759_zps76cc7b03.jpgThen you should definitely frost it.

I used my new favorite Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream.  But if you’re trying to throw this together last minute, you can easily whip up my favorite Chocolate Fudge Frosting!

Skillet Chocolate Cake | Cookies and CupsThe cake is slightly dense, perfect for any chocolate lover. ME!

Skillet Chocolate Cake | Cookies and Cups

 

Skillet Chocolate Cake
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (I prefer dark)
  • ⅓ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup water, brought just to a boil
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp buttermilk
  • Frost with Chocolate Buttercream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease 10" skillet with butter. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper, grease again and dust lightly with flour. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl whisk together cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Pour hot water over top, let sit for 1 minute and then whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  4. In another bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  5. In bowl of stand mixer, beat together butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla beating until combined and smooth.
  6. Turn mixer to low and pour in melted chocolate mixture slowly until incorporated.
  7. Finally add the flour mixture and buttermilk in alternating portions, beginning and ending with flour.
  8. Stir until just combined, scraping sides when necessary.
  9. Pour batter into prepared skillet.
  10. Bake for 40 minutes, turning skillet halfway through baking.
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire rack for 15 minutes.
  12. Invert onto a wire rack to finish cooling before frosting.
  13. Frost with Chocolate Buttercream
Notes
heavily adapted from Baked Explorations

 

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leslie
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Uggg..sucks about your A/c.
But cake with crispy edges certainly makes everything better.

Marcie
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I love the sound of this! Cake in a skillet is genius and looks delicious!

Tieghan
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Man, 93! That sound pretty nice to me! I need some heat in my life! Sorry about your A/c though, that does stink!
I have never made a skillet cake, but oh my gosh your looks delicious! Moist and those crispy edges! Whoa, I want a slice!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
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As if you made cake in a skillet!! SO awesome. Love this!

Suzanne Whitney
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My A/C crapped out on me too. Really stinks, especially since I had to make multiple desserts for a family gathering but no way was I turning on the oven. One of the desserts I made was Blueberry Clusters. Make little clusters of well washed and dried blueberries on parchment paper (maybe 5 or 6 depending on size of berries), cover with melted dark chocolate. Let them set up. That’s it. Can’t wait to try this cake though when my A/C is fixed!

Joanne
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Chocolate cakes are NECESSARY for happiness. That is all.

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
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I have seen so many skillet cakes lately but I think they are just the best! I haven’t tried it yet but definitely a must!

Laurie @ A Wiener Dog in the Kitchen
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Been there and done that with the a/c just two weeks ago… It was in the low to mid 90’s that weekend and very humid. Luckily, it was an easy fix, but it went out Friday evening and we had to wait til Monday, so I feel your pain. This skillet chocolate cake looks scrumptious, and I don’t even like Chocolate cake… BUT, I know that my husband and boys will, and I love to cook anything in cast iron.

Karly
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I love that you baked this in a cast iron skillet.

Diane {Created by Diane}
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I just love skillet cake and this one is going on the list to MAKE! Hope your Z?C is fixed by the time you get another heatwave 🙂

Betsy @JavaCupcake
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OH EM GEE! This cake looks AMAZING! That big fat layer of chocolate frosting on top…. Om nom nom nom nom. I looooove some chocolate cake!!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
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I am ALWAYS in need of chocolate cake!

Des @ Life
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I got a cast iron skillet for Christmas and ever since it simply sits on my stove top because not a day goes by that I do not use it. However, I would’ve never thought in a million years to use it to bake a cake. This is genius and perfect because I have been craving chocolate cake. Thank you for sharing!

Jenn
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this looks amazing! Yummy!!

can’t wait to try it but first, I have to get a cast iron skillet.

Yes, horror of all horrors, I don’t own one *sob*

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
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This looks like my kind of dessert! Making this ASAP! 🙂

Kim P
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Wow, I love this – can’t wait to try it! Just the right size too!

Leah | So, How
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Anything out of a cast-iron skillet is fabulous! I’ve done pie, but not cake. This one looks incredibly good!

Katie @ Butterlust Blog
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I decided this weekend that I am in desperate need of a cast iron skillet and you just made it a done deal. Simple, chocolately, PERFECT.

Annie @ Annie
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Oh Gosh, I feel for you, I can’t stand being too hot, AC is a lifesaver, so being without must have been awful! But this cake is beautiful and I love that I can just make it in a skillet, and yes you always need cake 😀

Cookbook Queen
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There aren’t many things in life better than a dense chocolate cake!!!

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)
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This looks so awesome! Yes, I need chocolate everyday! I can’t wait to try it! I just loved your skillet chocolate chip cookie. That was awesome!

Tahnycooks
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I LOVE dense cake! I’ve made more cakes in my cast iron skillet more than savory dishes!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
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The frosting to cake ratio is pure perfection!

nessa
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Need!

Monica
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Yummm! This looks soo good, especially with the chocolate buttercream on top! (:

Noble Pig - Cathy
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I use my cast iron skillet for everything so why not a beautiful cake like this one!

Colette
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We always need cake, esp if it’s chocolate.
Doctor’s orders!

Julie @ Table for Two
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Chocolate cake can fix even the worst day and I love that you baked it in a skillet!

Rena
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I feel your pain…our ac conked out on friday too. this cake will surely remedy that 🙂

Renee @ Awesome on $20
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This cake is absolutely lovely. I got a cast iron skillet as a wedding present. I’ll have to break it out for this.

Deborah Pucci
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Thanks….sounds yummy!

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen
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Chocolate cake is always necessary. I am baking a Guinness Chocolate Cake for dinner tomorrow night, just because. Your cake looks perfection!!

Kathy
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This cake looks glorious! I love baking in my cast iron skillet!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes
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Woah, woah, WOAH. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. At least my dreams. I just LOVE baking in my skillet and this cake is a SERIOUS winner. That frosting?!? Ugh. I die.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
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This cake looks amazing… Love the idea of baking it in a skillet!

I hope your AC is back in business soon. That happended to us a few years ago, so naturally I decided to heat the oven to 500 to make pizza. I don’t recommend it. 🙂

Billy @ Wagner Cast Iron
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I love using cast iron for desserts and not just savory main dishes. Great recipe!

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