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.
Step 1: Ingredients
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 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