The Perfect Skillet Carrot Cake

As we mentioned in the previous cast iron skillet dessert post we shared, one of best things about cast iron is its versatility. You can perfectly sear your pork chops in your Stargazer skillet one day, and then bake a memorable skillet carrot cake in it the next.

And speaking of skillet carrot cake (see what we did there?), we just so happen to have an amazing recipe for this very dish! This carrot cake will melt in your mouth with just the right amount of sweetness. One bite of this cake, and your guests will think you’ve been secretly apprenticing for the Cake Boss.

Cast Iron Skillet Carrot Cake

And yes, if you glanced down at the recipe already, you’ll see that part of it involves making frosting. If you’ve never done that before, don’t be intimidated! You don’t need to be a baking wizard for this one. This is a great way to take a first crack and making your own frosting, which will taste infinitely better than anything you can buy in a container at the supermarket.

Let’s get to it!

The Ingredients

  • ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated (about 1 cup grated)
  • ½ cup raisins

Cream cheese frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Cook’s note: This frosting is a cross between a typical frosting and a glaze. By adding milk, it becomes a bit more spreadable that the traditional cream cheese frosting. If you want it thicker, add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.

The Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat bottom and sides of your your Stargazer Cast Iron skillet with 1 tablespoon oil.
  2. In a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine remaining oil, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture and combine. Add carrots and raisins and mix until just combined. Transfer mixture to cast iron skillet and bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, make frosting. Combine cream cheese, milk and vanilla and mix until well combined. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar and mix until completely smooth. When cake is cooled, top it with frosting and serve.

This recipe serves 6-8.

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Skillet Carrot Cake Serving

And there you have it! Show off your baking (and frosting-making) skills with this simple, but classic skillet carrot cake that will delight the crowd at your next gathering. Be prepared though, as your reputation as a cake master will spread quickly. Little Timmy’s turning 3 in a couple weeks, and word has it mom and dad still haven’t ordered a birthday cake for his party yet…

That concludes today’s transmission. If you have any favorite cast iron skillet cakes or other desserts you love making, give us a shout in the comments below! Until next time, Team Stargazer over and out.

Photo by Jennifer Johnson | Recipe by The Coastal Table

What Is the Ideal Weight for a Cast Iron Skillet?

There are a lot of theories and preferences about the ideal weight for a cast iron skillet. Our CEO and Product Designer Peter Huntley is going to walk through his thoughts on the subject and explain why the best skillet isn’t necessarily the lightest.

One of the things we all love about vintage cast iron cookware is the lighter weight. It’s easier to maneuver on the stove, easier to lift and easier to pour from. Given that most people’s first complaint about cast iron is that it’s too heavy, it seems like the goal should be to make a skillet as light as possible. But it’s just not that simple.

Putting aside the composition of the material for now–we can discuss that in another post–the weight of a cast iron skillet comes down to two factors: the thickness of the material and the design of the handle. It’s really just those two things.

Crumble Before This Raspberry Cast Iron Skillet Dessert

You want to know the only thing better than dessert? A cast iron skillet dessert, of course! Oh, and one made in a Stargazer skillet, to be specific. Dessert may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear cast iron, but remember: your cast iron skillet can do so much more than just perfectly sear a steak!

So what makes the best cast iron skillet dessert? It has to be something warm, gooey, and sweet, for sure, but since you’re baking it the oven, you want some texture and crunch as well. We think we’ve come up with the answer here. Behold, our Raspberry Rhubarb Crumble.

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Cookware

As a producer of cast iron cookware, we get a lot of questions about why cast iron is different than other cookware options out there, so we wanted to put together a guide for anyone looking to learn more about the pros and cons of different types of cookware.

The Five Common Cookware Metals

There are five different metals that are used to make pretty much all the cookware on the market. They are:

  1. Aluminum
  2. Copper
  3. Stainless steel
  4. Cast iron
  5. Carbon steel

cookware materials

We’ll go through them one by one, show some examples, and talk about the pros and cons of each.

A Cinco de Mayo Cast Iron Skillet Recipe

Happy Cinco de Mayo 2018! Before we get into the recipe, time for a quick nerdy fact: Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862? If that fact helps you win Final Jeopardy one day, don’t forget Stargazer’s cut of the winnings!

Most places will throw out their best recipes for nachos, fajitas or enchiladas, but we think we’ve come up with a unique and healthy dish that will go great with your margarita or cerveza.

A 12-Inch Cast Iron Skillet and Some New Features

Our Next Product: A 12-Inch Cast Iron Skillet!

Hello fans of our 10.5-inch cast iron skillet! It’s been awhile since we last posted on the blog so we wanted to fill everyone in on what’s been happening.

Our new headquarters in Allentown, PA is up and running and has been serving us well. We’ve been hard at work improving our facility and growing our team to increase output and cut down wait times. We can’t thank everyone enough for their patience and support through the process.

As some of you may have seen on social media, we’re pleased to officially announce that our next product will be a 12-inch cast iron skillet. A lot of you have been asking for a larger skillet and we heard you loud and clear. This skillet will have all your favorite features from our 10.5-inch skillet, except… you know… bigger!

Stargazer Cast Iron Has a New Headquarters!

Greetings, cast iron fans. We know it’s been awhile since we last checked in with you. Our team has been working hard to fulfill our current orders and cut down on our wait times for new orders, but we wanted to share this update with you. We have officially moved to our new headquarters in Allentown, PA, located in the Lehigh Valley region for those of you familiar with Pennsylvania. Our first headquarters in Cherry Hill, NJ served us well, but when it became clear that we needed to scale up, we needed a new location to meet our needs. Our 7,000 square-foot facility in Allentown certainly fits the bill!

Much, Much More Space

Our new location gives us plenty of floor space to house more equipment and more inventory to get us operating more efficiently. Towards the end of our time in Cherry Hill, it became tricky to navigate our warehouse floor, and we knew a change was in order. Our current space allows us to lay out all of our equipment in the proper orientation, making sure our operations are running as productively as possible. And, most importantly, it gives us plenty of extra space for more inventory, equipment, and team members as needed. When we decided to make the move, we wanted to secure a location that would not only fill our immediate needs, but also be large enough to accommodate growth. We believe we have found that.

What Has Stargazer Been up to Lately?

Hello! We’ve had more than a few followers and customers asking about how and what the company has been doing lately, so we figure we’d take a little time to fill everyone in. Whether this is your first time encountering us or if you’re a long time follower, this update will give you a snapshot of where Stargazer Cast Iron is as of February 2017.

Transition to a New Partner Foundry

You may have already heard about this, but we recently partnered with a new foundry as it became clear that our previous one did not have the capacity to keep up with our increasing amount of orders. We were able to take our pattern for our 10.5-inch skillet (our first and currently only product) with us, and our new partner foundry is producing skillets with the same quality and detail as our previous one. You can read more about our foundry change HERE. There have been a few kinks to work out in the transition, but we are confident that this change will serve our company well going forward.

Welcome to Stargazer Cast Iron’s Blog

Welcome to Stargazer Cast Iron’s new blog! Stay tuned for upcoming posts regarding all things cast iron cookware: product demos, use and care, cooking tips, recipes and more!

If you have any questions for us or any topics you’d like us to cover, don’t hesitate to give us a shout in the comments below.

Happy Cooking!

-Stargazer Cast Iron

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