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texas skillet cake in a cast iron skillet

Texas Skillet Cake

RecipeBoy.com (shared from The Best Cast Iron Baking Book)
The best chocolatey cake made in a cast iron skillet!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings



  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with softened butter.


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil the water, butter and cocoa powder, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the egg, sour cream and vanilla. Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined and smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared skillet. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and place on a wire rack.


  • Just before the cake is finished baking, combine the milk, cocoa powder and butter in a small saucepan over medium-heat; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. When the cake is done and still hot from the oven, pour the icing over the cake. Using the back of a spoon, spread it evenly. Sprinkle the toasted pecans evenly over the icing.


  • How to toast pecans: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
Keyword cake, chocolate, Texas