Chai-Spiced Apple Skillet Cake – A Cozy Kitchen

This is the time of year where Los Angeles weather is totally erratic. One day it’ll be 90 degrees and then two days later you’l need a sweater and some hot coffee to get your day started. By now, I know which one I get excited about.

I’m currently wearing a sweater so I feel like it’s appropriate to discuss this chai-spiced apple skillet cake with you all. I wanted to provide a recipe that is super easy. Something that you can throw together in a one, two steps max. This skillet cake is it!

It’s baked up in a cast iron skillet. If you don’t have a cast iron (I believe it’s a kitchen must-have), you can definitely bake this in a 9-inch cake pan too.

I’ve been spending a lot of time writing down fall/autumn/Thanksgiving (yes, T-Day) ideas that I can’t wait to make. This was one of the first things I wrote down on the list. When we baked it up, I was like yes yes yes. It is so simple and easy breezy and is beautiful enough where you’d be proud to put it on a dining room table.

Chai-Spiced Apple Skillet Cake

Chai-Spiced Apple Skillet Cake


    Apple Topping:

  • 4 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shaken buttermilk
  • 2 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    To Make the Apple Topping:

  1. To a medium bowl, add the sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt. Toss it together and set it aside.
  2. To Make the Cake:

  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch cast iron skillet and set aside.
  4. To a large bowl, add the flour, white sugar, baking powder, spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom) and salt.
  5. In a 4-cup measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract.
  6. Add the liquid into the dry mixture and mix just until combined; a few lumps in the batter is totally fine. Pour the batter into the prepared skillet and add the apples on top, pushing some of the apples into the batter a bit. If your apples have created any juices, pour those on top.
  7. Transfer to the oven to bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a skewer comes out mostly clean (a little crumbs are ok!). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing it up. Serve with ice cream.


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