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Birthday Cake

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My sister is far away and in the middle of India. But, if she was here I would make her a cake. It is her birthday after all.  She usually wants something with 55 steps that ends up look wonderful and tasting even better. Like the year we made this chocolate strawberry mousse cake. Or the time she made me this coeur a la creme with raspberry and Grand Marnier sauce which is amazing and beautiful.

But, in case you don’t have all afternoon to spend making strawberry mousse or are out of cheesecloth to strain cream cheese in overnight I thought I would share a recipe for a quick and easy chocolate cake that is perfect for a weeknight birthday celebration or any time you want cake but don’t want to dirty up every bowl in the kitchen.

Here is the original recipe I found for this chocolate skillet cake (made in my sister’s skillet). I changed a couple of things based on wanting it to be less mess to clean up and on what I had in the pantry. Either way this cake is amazingly quick and supper moist.

Chocolate Skillet Cake

Cake Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
dash salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla

Frosting Ingredients:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 tablespoons cocoa
3-4 tablespoons 1/2 and 1/2
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, bring the butter, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, and water to a boil. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the dry ingredients well.


Mix in the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Bake the skillet cake at 350 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

Sprinkle the butterscotch chips over the top of the cake once it is removed from the oven.

While the cake starts to cool, make the frosting. In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil. Remove them from heat and add the icing sugar and vanilla. Stir to combine.


Pour over the warm cake, spread with a spatula, and serve .

The best this about this cake is that I always have the ingredients on hand. It is quick and delicious, doesn’t come from a box, and doesn’t require a mixing bowl.


(Happy Birthday, Fannie!)


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