Ditch the cake pans and fancy piping tips because these easy skillet cakes are the no-fuss desserts you never knew you needed.
From decadent chocolate to tart lemon and fruity blueberry, these recipes will satisfy any craving.
As much as I love a big, over-the-top cake with fancy decorations, sometimes I just want something sweet and rustic.
And boy, do these skillet cakes deliver!
They’re super light and fluffy and are absolutely brimming with flavor.
So serve them warm right in the skillet, or turn them onto a fancy platter. You can’t go wrong either way.
25 Best Cast Iron Skillet Cake Recipes to Try This Weekend
1. Peach and Blueberry Skillet Cake
This skillet cake screams summer.
Juicy peaches and tart blueberries are a match made in heaven. Add a tender cake with golden edges, and it’s downright addictive.
The blueberries get wonderfully sweet and jammy as it cooks. And I just love how the peaches pop against that deep purple hue.
Serve this with some ice cream or as an indulgent brunch dish.
2. Gooey Texas Chocolate Sheet Skillet Cake
Give the classic Texas sheet cake a fun twist, and bake it in a skillet!
It may not be as big, but it’s an ooey-gooey, fudgy cake that’s perfect for sharing.
This cake is so soft and moist, it tastes like it’s straight from heaven.
Top it with the rich and decadent frosting and serve it with ice cream. Yum!
3. Cast Iron Skillet Cake
Ready for the best cast iron skillet cake recipe ever? Good, because this one is incredible.
The cake is made with buttermilk, so it’s super moist and has a beautiful flavor. Plus, the skillet gives it slightly crisp edges that are scrumptious.
Slather on a gooey pecan praline topping and serve it while it’s still warm. Just hand out spoons and enjoy!
4. Apple Cake with Cinnamon
Apple cake with cinnamon is the ideal fall dessert. It’s beautiful, delicious and makes a terrific holiday treat.
You’ll toss sliced apples in brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and maple syrup. Then, layer them over a simple cake batter in a skillet.
The brown sugar, maple syrup, and apple juices seep into the cake, making every bite flavorful and loaded with caramel apple goodness.
To give it a bit of pizzaz, brush some warm apricot jam over the top. That way, it’ll be shiny and irresistible.
5. Cinnamon Roll Skillet Cake
Honestly, the name of this skillet cake speaks for itself.
I mean, what could be more comforting than a sweet cinnamon roll in cake form?
And despite its name, there’s no rolling required. Instead, you’ll swirl an irresistible cinnamon sugar topping into the cake batter.
Finally, drizzle it with sweet, creamy icing and dig in!
6. Pineapple Upside Down Skillet Cake
If you enjoy pineapple upside-down cake, prepare to have your mind blown.
Because this skillet cake takes all those amazing flavors and cranks them up to eleven!
The cast iron gives this cake a fantastic crust around the edge, which plays so well against the tender fruit and fluffy cake.
Plus, it makes that caramel layer on the bottom even stickier! And you even get added caramelization on the fruit, so the pineapple flavor is front and center.
7. Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake
As much as I love the classic recipe above, this one is my go-to!
Trust me, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried banana upside-down cake! This sweet take on a tropical favorite is to die for.
The bananas are incredibly caramelized, which makes them sticky, sweet, and impossibly flavorful.
A hint of cinnamon adds to the heavenly flavor, and it’s best served warm.
8. German Chocolate Skillet Cake
This deep-dish german chocolate skillet cake is full of your favorite flavors.
It’s loaded with lots and lots of chocolate. Plus, the pecan and coconut caramel topping is seriously good.
Top it with vanilla ice cream for more indulgence, drizzle it with even more chocolate, and get ready to swoon.
9. S’mores Skillet Cookie Cake
I’m a huge fan of s’mores desserts. They’ve got all the fun of a late-night campfire but without the bears and smoke.
And this skillet cookie cake is no exception. Although, you could make this over an open fire if you want!
Loaded with crispy Graham Crackers, gooey, melty chocolate, and marshmallows, this is one you won’t want to share.
10. Blackberry Upside Down Skillet Cake
Here’s another upside-down skillet cake, only this time, it’s fully loaded with rich and fruity blackberries.
Between the berries, almond cakes, and vibrant finish, it’s the ultimate summer dessert.
This cake is so easy to make, and it’s rather impressive to boot. So, make it for parties or summer gatherings, and your guests will be more than pleased.
11. Plum Skillet Cake
If you need a simple yet stunning dessert for your next dinner party, try this plum recipe.
It’s topped with deep purple plum slices, which look all the prettier over the pale sponge.
Of course, the color can change, depending on the types of plum you get. So this could be a whole rainbow of pinks, reds, purples, and oranges.
And it tastes just as good as it looks.
The cake is full of orange zest, cinnamon, ginger, and almond. It’s the perfect balance for juicy and sweet plums.
This plum skillet cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any event.
12. Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake
Peanut butter and chocolate…need I say more?
Okay, I will! This flourless skillet is super easy to make and overflowing with rich chocolate and decadent peanut butter.
It’s a lot like a dense, fudgy brownie, and with the added nutty flavor, a little goes a long way.
Serve it warm with cold vanilla ice cream to cut through the richness. And be sure to have extra spoons because everyone will want a taste.
13. Toasted Coconut Skillet Cakes
Dive into this tropical toasted coconut skillet cake, and you’ll never make plain vanilla again.
This cake has so much coconut flavor, you’ll think you’re on an island vacation.
Between the toasted coconut, coconut milk, and coconut extract, there’s no mistaking it.
Make this cake for any coconut lover, and they’ll beg for the recipe.
14. Cherry Skillet Cake
Cherry cakes are one of my favorite treats, and this one hits the spot every time.
The moist buttermilk cake is studded with juicy cherries that add sweetness and a pop of colorful fruitiness.
Meanwhile, the edges become delightfully crisp as it bakes, making it irresistible.
15. Old-Fashioned Skillet Cake
I love a good old-fashioned cake. They’ve usually been around for a while, and after one bite, it’s clear to see why.
Luckily, this skillet case is no exception.
The cake is so moist and fluffy, you’d never believe it calls for just a handful of ingredients.
Keep it simple with a dollop of whipped cream, or add a big spoonful of blackberry jam or Nutella.
There are no wrong answers!
16. Skillet Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot cake is such a fantastic treat. Loaded with shredded carrots, pineapple, coconut, and delicious spices, this dessert is just so flavorful.
And this skillet cake recipe is not one to miss.
It’s sweet, textural, and full of incredible flavor. And it’s even more addictive when you add the cream cheese frosting.
But that’s not all! You’ll also sprinkle honey-roasted pecans on top for added crunch. Wow!
17. Maple Syrup Pudding Cake
Fresh, sticky sweet maple syrup makes this cake absolutely scrumptious.
It starts with a unique cake batter/dough that needs to rest in the fridge for 6-24 hours (I usually make it in the morning and bake it around dinnertime).
I know, I know, but it’s worth it!
And once the batter is spooned into the skillet, the real fun begins. Pour the maple cream sauce over the top and let the magic happen.
I promise that sauce is life-changing. Make this once, and you’ll be hooked.
18. Easy Strawberry Cake
Strawberries are a tough fruit to bake with.
Their insanely juicy, which is a good thing, of course. But that added moisture often makes cakes and cookies soggy.
Luckily, this strawberry recipe is light, fluffy, and super sweet.
The heat from the skillet ensures any excess moisture soaks into the cake but doesn’t pool and make wet patches.
A sprinkle of sugar on top gives it a nice crunch too. Serve this as-is or with some fresh whipped cream on top.
19. Blueberry Cornbread with Cinnamon Sugar
Sweet cornbread is a true delight. And this blueberry cornbread has everything you want in a dessert and more!
It’s not overly sweet, but every bite is loaded with beautiful, juicy berries.
Plus, it has tons of cinnamon sugar layered within the sponge, bringing plenty of fragrant warmth.
Blueberry cornbread is the new blueberry muffin. Serve it for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack, and it won’t last long.
20. Caramel Apple Skillet Cake
I’m still in a fall frame of mind, so this caramel apple skillet cake is right up my alley.
From the sour cream and brown sugar to the chopped apples and milk, this sponge is super light and fluffy. And to be honest, it’s delectable on its own.
But this recipe isn’t complete with the glaze! It’s a quick blend of butter, caramel, milk, powdered sugar, and chopped apples.
Slather it over the warm cake and try not to devour the whole thing in one sitting.
21. Peach Skillet Cake
Here’s a sweet southern treat that’ll make the most of peach season.
Fresh peaches with brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch become sticky and jammy in the oven.
And if you use fresh fruit, that peach flavor with be super strong.
22. Brown Butter Banana Skillet Cake
Bookmark this recipe because I know it’s one you’ll come back to again and again.
This banana cake has everything!
The brown butter gives it a subtle nutty flavor, while the bananas are sweet and have a little bit of a tropical flavor.
Add crunchy pecans for some textural contrast, then toss sliced strawberries on top for a burst of fruitiness. Delish!
23. Old-Fashioned Sugar Cake
Want something sweet but not heavy? Try this old-fashioned sugar cake!
It calls for whipped egg whites, which give it so much rise. In fact, it’s like an angel food cake – but better!
Dust this skillet cake with powdered sugar, slice it up, and serve it with some fresh berries for a sweet treat.
24. Lemon and Blueberry Skillet Cake
Lemon and blueberry are two of the best summer flavors. But when you put them together, they’re unstoppable!
The bright, zesty lemon cake is soft, delicious, and studded with juicy blueberries.
You’ll love the added sweetness and pops of color.
Once it’s baked, add a sweet-tart lemon glaze that’s finger-licking good.
25. Upside Down Orange Cake
Upside-down orange cake is one you’ll make again and again.
During the colder months, when oranges are in abundance, this recipe is a massive hit in my house.
You’ll layer Valencia orange slices in the bottom of a cast-iron skillet. Top it with cake batter and pop the whole thing in the oven.
When the cake is finished baking, flip it out to reveal the gorgeous citrus slices.
They’ll be super caramelized and sweet – even the peel! Plus, they sit on top of a dreamy cake that gets all of the sweet orange caramel drippings.
This cake is crazy good, so make it asap!
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