Apple Pie Skillet Cake

This autumnal dessert is way easier to make than apple pie, and dare we say it? Even more delicious.

apple pie skillet cookie
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

If you bake one dessert this fall make it this apple pie skillet cake. Pantry ingredients, plus a handful of apples, guarantee this easy dessert will come together quickly, which is a good thing because you'll want to make it on the regular. To start, cook down the apples with brown sugar and cinnamon. This not only infuses them with flavor, but also ensures extra moisture is released before the syrupy apples get folded into the simple batter. Honeycrisp apples are our go-to for their crisp texture that holds up in baked goods, but Gala, Jonagold, Braeburn, and Pink Lady are excellent stand-ins that will also retain their shape. Scoops of vanilla or caramel ice cream on top of this skillet cake are not required, but highly recommended.


  • 1 ¼ cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided

  • 4 Honeycrisp or Gala apples (about 2 lb.), thinly sliced

  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided, plus more for topping

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 10-inch cast-iron or oven-safe skillet over medium-high. Stir in apples, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook over medium-high, stirring often, until apples are tender and syrup begins to thicken, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. (Do not wipe skillet clean.)

  2. Melt remaining 1 cup butter in microwave or on stove. Whisk in vanilla and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until well combined. Whisk in eggs until smooth. Whisk in flour, baking powder, and salt until just combined. Fold in 1 1/2 cups cooked apples, reserving remaining apples and syrup in bowl. Pour batter into skillet.

  3. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Top with remaining cooked apples and syrup. Dust with more cinnamon and serve with ice cream.

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