Sunday, June 26, 2011

Skillet Cake

This recipe has been in my family ever since I can remember. I have no idea where it first came from. I remember making this cake when I was really young for my brothers. My kids call it hot cocoa cake, because the whole house smells like that while its baking.  It is not a rich cake, that's part of why I like it so much. The icing adds some richness to it however.

You need an iron skillet to make this. I'm sure you could use a round cake pan also.

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Skillet Cake

1 1/2 cup plain flour (I use 100% white whole wheat)

1 c sugar (I use 3/4 cup and add some applesauce)

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix the above ingredients together in an ungreased iron skillet. Make 3 holes with the back of a spoon in the dry mix.

Place one of the next three ingredients in each hole.

6 tablespoons oil (I use coconut oil)

1 Tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla


Pour 1 cup of cold water over it all and then stir with a spoon until smooth.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, check to see if it is done by inserting a knife in the middle of the cake. If the knife comes out clean it is done, if not let it bake a few more minutes and check again.

Let cake completely cool in the skillet.


1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons softened butter (not melted)

2 tablespoons milk

Stir together until it is smooth. Spread on the cake when it is completely cooled.

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