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Apple Cinnamon Skillet Cake

Melanie Lorick
Moist and packed full of fall flavors, this apple cinnamon cake is the perfect comfort food for either breakfast or dessert!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • I used an 11-inch skillet (measuring the diameter across the top).


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar tightly packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans lightly toast before chopping (optional)
  • 2 flax eggs 2 tablspoons flax meal + 6 tablespoons water; substitute with 2 regular eggs, if desired
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a small bowl, combine flax meal and water, stirring to combine thoroughly. Place in refrigerator while preparing other ingredients.
  • If desired, lightly toast pecans in skillet over medium heat before chopping. Keep over heat for approximately 3 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together to thoroughly combine.
  • Using a stand or hand mixer, beat applesauce, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until combined. While beating, slowly pour in the flax eggs.
  • Add the dry ingredients in spoonfuls, stirring slowly. Continue stirring until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated into the wet. Fold in the diced apple and chopped pecans.
  • Pour batter into skillet and bake for about 35 - 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Enjoy warm with topping of your choice.


This recipe used an 11-inch cast iron skillet. For 9-inch skillets, decrease the oven temperature to 325ºF and add 8 minutes to the baking time. For 12-inch skillets, increase oven temperature to 375ºF and subtract 8 minutes from the baking time. Of course, use a toothpick or skewer towards the end of baking to insert into the center, checking for "doneness." The skewer should be clean when removed.
Keyword apple, apple cinnamon, breakfast, cast iron skillet, cinnamon, cinnamon rolls, cookie cake, dessert, skillet cake
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