Skillet Chocolate Sundae Cake

Oh. My. Goodness.  This cake is heaven in a skillet.  But something about that skillet (plus the ice cream and caramel sauce) makes it taste even better!  We just put the whole thing  in the middle of the table and handed everyone a spoon.  Which is kind of the same thing our family does when the 5 of us share a dessert at a restaurant.  And this warm, gooey, chocolate sundae cake is definitely restaurant quality.

Do I even need to mention that the cake was devoured in 5 minutes or less (which also happens when we share dessert at a restaurant).  I did have some whipped cream in the refrigerator, but I was so excited about digging in, I completely forgot to use it.  Still delicious.  If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, it’s worth getting one just to make this cake!

Skillet Chocolate Sundae Cake
Skillet Chocolate Sundae Cake
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
    1. 1 cup flour
    2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    3. 1 cup sugar
    4. Pinch salt
    5. 1/4 cup butter
    6. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    7. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    8. 1/2 cup water
    9. 1/4 cup buttermilk
    10. 1 egg
    11. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1. 1/4 cup butter
    2. 2 tablespoons cocoa
    3. 3-4 tablespoons milk (as needed for consistency)
    4. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
    5. 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
    6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    Optional toppings
    1. Ice cream
    2. Caramel Sauce
    3. Whipped Cream
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt together and set aside.
    3. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, bring the butter, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, and water to a boil.
    4. Remove from heat and whisk in the dry ingredients; mix well.
    5. Stir in the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
    7. While the cake starts to cool, make the frosting. In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil.
    8. Remove from heat and add the confectioners’ sugar, nuts, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
    9. Pour over the warm cake, spread with a spatula, and serve with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and whipped cream, if desired.
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    Who Dished It Up First: Adapted slightly from Willow Bird Baking



    1. Awesome awesome and simply awesome. I am surely going to try it today itself. Sounds delicious !

    2. Wow, that looks really … wow. I can almost taste the gooey chocolaty-ness from here!

    3. wow this looks absolutely divine. yum!

    4. Um YUM! I think I need a cast iron skillet just for desserts! I might just have to make a trip to my local IFA to pick one up so we can make this for our next family night. So fun and so yum!

    5. Oh my goodness… this looks AMAZING! I’m headed over with my spoon 😉

    6. That looks AMAZING! making my shopping list now

    7. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Danelle! Yours looks amazing!


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