Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chocolate "Skillet" Cake


Monday is my son Tanner's 19th birthday!  I seriously can not believe he is already 19!  Here is a picture of the two of us at his high school graduation a couple of years ago.   He is a  now sophomore at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and doing great.  I'm a very proud mom!



So far we have had an amazing weekend for him.  Tan is a huge fan of the Batman movies so last night we all loaded up in my taxi cab yellow Nissan X-terra and went to a drive-in movie to watch "The Dark Knight Rises".  I learned two things....one is not to take my Papillon Bindi to the drive-in!  She wasn't crazy about all the little kids flinging glow sticks around like giant sling shots and she ate way too much popcorn.  The other thing I learned is not to take the jumper cables out of my car.  Ever!  Leaving the radio on for a 3 hours while using it as your movie speaker can seriously cut the life of your battery short.  
Note to self....   



Chocolate "Skillet" Cake

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

Frosting

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk (may add another tablespoon if needed)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt together and set aside.

In a 10" iron skillet, bring the butter, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, and water to a boil.  Remove it from the heat and whisk the dry ingredients and adding in the buttermilk, egg and vanilla.  

Bake the skillet cake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling make the frosting.

In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa and milk to a boil.  Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, nuts, and vanilla.  Stir to combine.  

Pour over the warm (not hot) cake.  

Serve with ice cream!

 Anyway tonight we watched "The Hunger Games", ordered pizza and.......had this amazing cake with ice cream.   It's totally decadent, like a Texas sheet cake without Texas.  ha ha!  I think I will call this my "Oklahoma Skillet Cake" from now on.  Yea, that works for me.   Try it.....you'll love it!

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