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Best Skillet Cake Recipes?

Oliverstreet Nov 5, 2006 10:39 PM

I made a fabulous upside-down pear skillet cake last week (with a recipe from Epicurious) and am now skillet-cake crazy. What are other good desserts that can be made in a cast-iron skillet?

Here's the link to the Epirurious recipe, just fyi:


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    piccola RE: Oliverstreet Nov 5, 2006 11:51 PM

    Tarte tatin immediately comes to mind.

    Although I'm sure most layer cake recipes can be adapted to an iron skillet.

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      coconutz RE: Oliverstreet Nov 6, 2006 08:42 AM

      How interesting that epi has a cake from the Bi-Rite market in SF! That is a small fancy market and sells excellent cookies and other baked goods, so I supposed this is also made by the baker they use and not the in house deli folk. I will have to give it a try.

      I've made the peach upside down cake from nymetro.com (go to the food section, then to recipes) a couple of times. The source is Karen DeMasco, pastry chef of Craft. It is a bit different than the one you posted in that it starts with a cup of caramel in the pan (you make it--easy) and has buttermilk in the batter. It is even good with canned peaches. I also made, by request, the same cake with a mix of canned pineapple chunks and morello cherries, but I thought that was too sweet.

      I also like the recipe for Rhubarb Babycakes which I have made as one big cake in a pan, and someone posted a link here so you will find it in a search. That is a very good buttercake.

      And be sure to make apple or pear tart tatin if you haven't before, that, to me, is even better than cake.

      1. coll RE: Oliverstreet Nov 6, 2006 08:54 AM

        One of my mother's specialties was Pineapple Upside Down cake, I keep meaning to try making it. Sorry if it's too retro!

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          nissenpa RE: Oliverstreet Nov 6, 2006 12:17 PM

          Plum Upside DOwn Cake from Bon Appetit 1995

          Amazing---the plums carmelize.

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