Brown Sugar Skillet Cake

Ok, I REALLY like this recipe. It comes together so quick I literally made it in-between trips to the bbq to flip chicken, and it baked up in the oven while we ate. You see how wonderful this is right? I mean, it makes me look like a wiz in the kitchen, one who is always capable of looking after two very inquisitive (polite for into everything all the time) small children and still cooking a delicious dinner, and dessert.

I mean, who does that right? Outside of June Cleaver (I watched a lot of old black and white tv growing up, I am not 76 years old, it’s just that it was pretty much the only channel we got. I’m quite well versed in Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, Little Rascals, and The Three Stooges. Any way, I do it. I do it when it can be done in-between trips to the bbq.

It’s also great to have in my arsenal of “Bo, stop complaining about how tired you are, do you realize that today I’ve…..”. It’s a good thing Bo never checks this blog, he would learn of all my treacherous secrets.

I have now officially made you read for longer than it would have taken you to make this cake, so I guess we should get to the recipe.

So, what exactly is a brown sugar skillet cake? It’s basically a blondie; a hybrid between a cookie, brownie, and cake. All you need to know is it’s quick, and it’s very yummy.

Throw the eggs and sugar in a bowl.


Whisk them up until they’re well blended.


Add some melted butter.


Whisk it up until nice and satiny looking (don’t worry, this takes seconds) .


In a second bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.


Now just whisk together the wet and dry ingredients.


Throw some butter into a skillet.


Get your fingers in there and make sure that every nook and cranny is well buttered.


Pour in the batter and sprinkle on some chopped walnuts. See, this just gets better and better.


Now pop it in the oven. That’s it.


25 minutes later you take it out and have this.


It’s just, it’s love.


I’m still not quite sure how I forgot about the vanilla ice cream in the freezer to top this with. I guess I’ll just have to make it again


Here’s your printable:

Brown Sugar Skillet Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Brown Sugar Skillet Cake


  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 8 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350º with a rack in the middle position. Generously grease a 9" skillet with 2 tablespoons of softened butter.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars and eggs until well combined. Add the melted butter and whisk until smooth and satiny.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk together until smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared skillet and sprinkle on the chopped walnuts.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.


If you don't have a cast iron skillet, just use a glass pie plate.

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  1. My gosh this looks phenomenal! Kind of like a cookie, kind of like a brownie, kind of like a cake…it all sounds great to me! I love that the recipe is simple and takes a few minutes to throw together. Will try it out and let you know how it goes :)

    • I am a blondie addict (there are days where I just need the chew of a brownie but don’t feel like being over run with chocolate) so I was pretty much in heaven when I figured out this super easy take on them. Let me know how you like it!

  2. Chocoholics Anonymous

    Ice cream is a must with this, I’d wager. Now, I want to know if adding vanilla extract to this recipe would be overkill, also, my husband hates nuts. So what if instead of nuts, you substituted various chocolate chips/chunks for the nuts? Would that make this a big chocolate chip blondie?

    • Hey! Ice cream is a must with this! I feel like such a fool for forgetting it, lol. Honestly, I’m not sure that you need the vanilla. The brown sugar gives it a lot more flavor than you expect it too, and I’m not sure that you’d notice it. But try it; I’d add ½ a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon, but no more. And, um, where could you possibly go wrong with chocolate chips? I think white chocolate chips would just blow my mind. I also think I’ll be adding them next time ;) Let me know how it goes with the vanilla, and if your husband likes it with the chocolate chips.

    • RUSSELL! Ok, yes, this is very good, and very quick. However, lets talk about those chocolate chip cookies of yours *Sidenote: Everyone, click on Russell’s name to link right to it*. Those look freaking awesome! Also, loved the video. My husband is on me about adding video too, but that’s only because he wants people to see how often I screw up, lol.

  3. Ohh…this makes me want a skillet that`s oven safe so badly!

    • Oh, trust me, I know where you’re coming from! I kept buying unseasoned ones, but I could never get the seasoning right. I’ve got a graveyard of semi-seasoned, somewhat rusted, skillets now. I finally bought one in March that was pre-seasoned and ready to go. So much better, at least for me. For now though, just make it in a glass pie plate, it :)won’t be any different

  4. I love anything baked in a skillet – it must be the rusticness of it. And I love blondies. So, obviously this is shooting straight to the top of my “must make” list

  5. I Favorited this on foodgawker for when id need a quick dessert, and whatta you know! My family had a really nice dinner for tonight planned but no dessert :o that doesnt work with me. So ten minutes before dinner was ready i put this together and popped it in the oven and served with vanilla icecream. Soooo easy but really good! thanks a bunch :)

    • Yay! That’s exactly what I use it for. When dinner’s basically on the table and I decide that I’ve got a sweet craving, it’s sooo nice and easy. Glad you all enjoyed it!

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