AHP Gooey Skillet Maple Pecan Cake



There’s almost nothing you CAN’T do with a cast iron skillet. It’s probably the most versatile kitchen item you can buy, and they’re cheap too! From stove to oven to grill to campfire, they can do it all. But did you know you can make a cast iron cake? The AHP Gooey Skillet Maple Pecan Cake can also be made in a camp dutch oven and cooked over the fire or on your grill. This may sound a bit silly for non-adventurous types, but for those of you looking for an unordinary date, or something to do with friends, it’s wonderful. You can also make campfire cakes by slicing off the top of an orange (keep it), hollowing out the inside and filling up the orange with the batter. Place the top back on the orange and cover in foil. Set over the fire. Cooking your skillet cake should take 15–25 minutes.

AHP Gooey Skillet Maple Pecan Cake

cook time

40–45 minutes

oven temperature

350 degrees


8 servings


  • 10-inch cast iron skillet
  • stand mixer
  • aluminum foil (for campfire cakes)
  • oranges (for campfire cakes)


  • goat’s butter (or cow’s butter): 4.4 ounces, a little over one stick
  • light brown sugar: 1/2 c
  • maple syrup: 1 c, plus some for pouring
  • pecans: 1-1/4 c
  • egg: 1
  • vanilla extract: 1 T
  • almond milk: 1/2 c
  • vegetable oil: 6 T
  • granulated sugar: 1 c
  • all-purpose flour: 1 1/2 c
  • baking powder: 1 t
  • baking soda: 1/2 t
  • kosher salt: 1/2 t

instructions for glaze

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
  3. Crush pecans
  4. Add light brown sugar and 1/2 c maple syrup to butter.
  5. Once sugar has dissolved, add pecans.
  6. Cook pecans for a few minutes until evenly coated.

instructions for cake

  1. In a stand mixer whisk together egg, vanilla extract and almond milk.
  2. Add vegetable oil and granulated sugar to egg mix and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.
  4. Add flour mix to egg mixture slowly.
  5. Once dry ingredients are fully incorporated to wet ingredients fold in the remaining maple syrup.
  6. Pour cake mix over top of the pecans in the cast iron skillet.
  7. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 20 minutes in the skillet. Set a plate or serving dish on top of the cast iron skillet and flip the cake. Or eat wonderfully upside down in skillet!
  9. Enjoy!



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