Cinnamon Apple Skillet Cake
is a quick and easy dessert to make for two, a weekend brunch, or add it to any party dessert buffet.
Occasionally I’m drawn in by one of Martha’s recipes and this skillet cake recipe was calling to me last week even though it was a large recipe for about 8 to 10 people. The original recipe was a plum skillet cake but I knew that not everyone liked plums so I figured why not go with a favorite and an old standby “APPLE”!
Next I needed to scale down the recipe to make a dessert for 2-4. Smaller serving size desserts are more fun to make and you also then have a variety of desserts for family gatherings or holidays. This idea is a guaranteed winner when you have something for everyone to enjoy and most often there are no leftovers.
Scaling back on dessert recipes is something I do all the time. Whenever we have a family dinner or holiday gathering I prefer to make two or three different desserts. Everyone can then enjoy what they like – always a sweet way to end dinner.
Cutting down the recipe to fit an 8 inch skillet made it the perfect personal size dessert for 2-4. A sweet treat with tea or coffee after dinner on any day of the week.
‘Why is this recipe quick and easy?’ you say. You only need a medium size bowl and a cast iron skillet. Mix the few ingredients in the bowl, pour it into the hot skillet, bake and DONE!
Let’s get started with this cinnamon apple skillet cake recipe you can make for brunch, a holiday dinner or just because it’s Any Day! Make it in advance and leave it out until ready to serve. It’s the perfect after-dinner ‘guest’.
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup Monk Fruit (or your preferred sweetener equivalent)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- ½ tsp. maple syrup (or use vanilla extract)
- 1 large granny smith apple, peeled, sliced & cubed (see below)
- 1-2 tbls. monk fruit (or you can use brown sugar)
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- Peel the apple, slice 4 wedges in ¼ inch slices and cut the remaining apple into cubes.
- Place into a small bowl or dish and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
- Add the butter to the skillet and place in heated oven to melt - approx. 5 minutes.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt - set aside.
- When the butter is melted, remove the pan from oven and add the melted butter to the flour mixture.
- Place the skillet on top of the stove.
- Add the milk and vanilla to the flour, butter mixture stirring well to combine. The mixture should be thin - similar to a thin pancake batter.
- Stir in the cubed apples and pour mixture into the skillet. Place the wedges into the center of the batter and place in the oven to bake.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
This skillet cake is definitely worth a try. Serving dessert in a skillet is like serving up a comforting hug to your guests.
Serve this skillet cake at room temperature with a side of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream, always a favorite!
We like chopped walnuts so I added some in the batter and as a garnish. Certainly you can add in whatever you like or leave it plain. It’s the perfect compliment to tea or coffee.