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Chai Apple Skillet Cake

This Chai Apple Skillet Cake is a fluffy skillet cake that is topped with apples that have been tossed in all the spices. Serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings (9-inch) cake
Cost: $9


Apple Topping:

  • 4 apples (I used honeycrisp) peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt


  • 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 kosher salt
  • 1 cup shaken buttermilk
  • 2 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


To Make the Apple Topping:

  • To a medium bowl, add the sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt. Toss it together and set it aside.

To Make the Cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch cast iron skillet and set aside.
  • To a large bowl, add the flour, white sugar, baking powder, spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom) and salt.
  • In a 4-cup measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Tips and Tricks
  • Apples: Cut your apples evenly to ensure they cook uniformly within the cake.
  • Skillet Care: If using a cast iron skillet, ensure it’s well-seasoned to prevent sticking.
  • Serve Warm: Enjoy this cake warm for the best experience, perhaps with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 379IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg