Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake Ice Cream Sundae

Posted on 04/25/2012 by layers_of_eli
My birthday was this past weekend, and I celebrated by devouring this cake with my boyfriend. Straight out of the skillet, no fluff, no formalities. It's my favorite chocolate sheet cake recipe piled high with gooey frosting, vanilla bean ice cream, and hot caramel sauce. Haaaaappy birthday indeed!

It's super simple to make and so much bang for the buck -- I hope you'll try it out!

Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake Ice Cream Sundae

Recipe by: Based on the ubiquitous and absolutely delicious Chocolate Sheet Cake
Yield: 4-6 servings

This was my birthday cake and I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it! It's chocolatey and indulgent without being too rich. Eating the hot frosted cake with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce straight out of the skillet has to be one of the most rewarding sensory experiences in the world. And it's so easy! It's really a must-make.

Cake Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
dash salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting Ingredients:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 tablespoons cocoa
3-4 tablespoons milk (as needed for consistency)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 cups icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
ice cream
caramel sauce (for serving; this one is delicious)
whipped cream (for serving)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt together and set aside.

In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, bring the butter, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, and water to a boil. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the dry ingredients well. Mix in the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Bake the skillet cake at 350 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

While the cake starts to cool, make the frosting. In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil. Remove them from heat and add the icing sugar, nuts, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over the warm cake, spread with a spatula, and serve with vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce, and whipped cream.

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x-posted to food_porn, cooking, picturing_food, and bakebakebake
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coendou 25th-Apr-2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
Love the gif, ha!
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
trex_in_boots 25th-Apr-2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh it looks so good. Excuse me while I go clean up my drool.
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
suede 25th-Apr-2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
That gif is awesome!
And the recipe looks delicious!!
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
dahliablue 25th-Apr-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
OMG, this looks good! Drooling now..
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
rowangolightly 25th-Apr-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOODNESS, this looks good!

My new boyfriend (*ahem*squee*) is wanting to lose weight but I may just have to make one of these for us to share.
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yayyyyyy for the boyfriend!! This is the one you dated a long time ago, right? :)

Just ONE cake... then you can go all carrots 'n celery!
revolution_riot 25th-Apr-2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Looks like I'm getting fat tonight :P
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Worrrrth it! ;)
sinkingstorm 25th-Apr-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
This looks amazing! And I might just have to make this. One question though. I don't have a skillet I can put in the oven (sadly, I am le broke and can't afford one) if I use a regular cake pan to bake it in, is that going to effect bake time/temp at all?
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
If it were me, I'd use this original recipe if I didn't have a skillet! Hope you love it:
taradiane 26th-Apr-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
That looks AMAZING - and I love anything that promotes cooking/baking in a cast iron skillet! I started a collection a few years back of various pieces, but have yet to bake a dessert in any of them.
layers_of_eli 26th-Apr-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm relatively new to cast iron, but I love it as well! Homesick Texan just posted a spoon bread recipe in a cast iron skillet that looks insane!

Thank you :)
sinkwriter 26th-Apr-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
I want to visit your kitchen. Because... *points at that picture* ... YUM. I mean, just... YUM. *GRIN*

layers_of_eli 26th-Apr-2012 10:46 am (UTC)
thank you!! :D
reseda_3067 26th-Apr-2012 11:09 am (UTC)
Goodness me! I just want that frosting alone! lol!
layers_of_eli 26th-Apr-2012 11:15 am (UTC)
I know! I seriously would drink it ;)

Thank you!
kirika_chan 26th-Apr-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
AAAAAAAA 0__0 that looks delicious!!!
layers_of_eli 26th-Apr-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
thank you :)
x_lipsofgrace 27th-Apr-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Looks amazing!
layers_of_eli 27th-Apr-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
beatonthedrum 30th-Apr-2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh god, this looks dangerously delicious. Haha. Adding this to my list of desserts to devour on a nice Sunday.
layers_of_eli 30th-Apr-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Hope you love it!
ivrjay 26th-Jul-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
This one's the best!
layers_of_eli 26th-Jul-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
geniealliance 1st-Jul-2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
I just made it today. So delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe :)love the gif, by the way. God bless!
layers_of_eli 1st-Jul-2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that!! Thank you!!
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