Buttermilk Skillet Cake With Pecan Praline Topping




About: Working wife and mom (college kids) who spends time in the kitchen to unwind and escape

This cake is flippin' amazing. Light, fluffy....not too sweet because the praline has that roll. And it does it well! If you want a "cleaner" more perfect looking cake, use a 10" skillet or a 9" cake pan. I personally love the rustic image the 8" cast iron skillet gives it.

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Step 1: Ingredients

Buttermilk Cake
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
6 TB unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 buttermilk

Praline Topping
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
good pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Step 2: Prep Work

Preheat your oven to 375' F. Grease and flour an 8" oven safe (ie: cast iron) skillet, along the bottom and up the sides

Step 3: Cake Instructions

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In another medium bowl, with a stand or hand mixer, cream together the granulated sugar and butter until fully incorporated, about 3 minutes.
Add the egg and yolk, one at a time, beating for 1 minute between the two.
Beat in the vanilla.
Now....with the mixer on low, add half of the flour. Beat until incorporated. Add the buttermilk, and beat again until incorporated. Finally, beat in the remaining flour until almost fully incorporated. Stop beating and continue with a spatula to fully incorporate the flour.
Pour / spoon the batter into your prepared pan.
Smooth the batter in the pan evenly.....put a pan on the bottom rack..to catch the drippings. Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 4: Pecan Praline

Combine the brown sugar, butter, cream and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a soft boil and let boil for 3 minutes. Keep an eye on it. It likes to get a little rambunctious....just stir it down.
After 3 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and nuts. Allow to set for about 20 minutes to thicken up a bit.

Step 5: Completion

pour the praline over the whole thing....skillet and all and enjoy

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    Reply 7 years ago on Step 5

    I hope you get a chance to try it...its one of my favorite desserts


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I could really, REALLY, use one of these right now. That's right, not a piece, the whole dang thang LOL good luck chicky!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Luckily it's not a big cake so i think.....you could eat the whole thang (I know I could LOL) thanks Dd :)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you eclipse. Oooh, dulce de leche ice cream. That sounds like a great match.