Apple Gingerbread Skillet Cake

“This gingerbread recipe came from my grandmother, and we always ate it with warm applesauce. I adapted it into a one-pan dessert by layering the apples around the bottom of a cast-iron skillet and topping them with the gingerbread batter. The skillet creates a wonderfully thick crust on the gingerbread.” —Mary M. Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina

Winter desserts - Old fashioned Christmas cake recipes - Apple Gingerbread Skillet CakePhoto: Taste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
16servings 30minutes 35minutes + cooling
Servings Prep Time
16servings 30minutes
Cook Time
35minutes + cooling
Portions: servings
Portions: servings
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place 1/4 cup butter in a 12-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet. Place in oven until butter is melted, 4-5 minutes; carefully swirl to coat evenly. Sprinkle with pecans and brown sugar; drizzle with molasses. Arrange apple slices in a single layer over sugar, cut side down.
  2. For gingerbread cake: in a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg, then molasses. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, ginger, salt and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in hot water.
  3. Pour over apples. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. If desired, serve warm with applesauce.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 294 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 276mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.