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Nov 5, 2006 10:39 PM

Best Skillet Cake Recipes?

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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  1. Tarte tatin immediately comes to mind.

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

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

        1. Plum Upside DOwn Cake from Bon Appetit 1995

          Amazing---the plums carmelize.