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

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.

Serves 6-8.


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

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