Chocolate Skillet Cake


Who wouldn’t love a moist, rich, and warm cake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? This Chocolate Skillet Cake is a winner!

Chocolate Skillet Cake | Inspired by Charm

Chocolate Skillet Cake:

It’s official. Chocolate cake made with a bit of peanut butter and served with a dollop of ice cream just might be the cure for everything.

Friends, this week has been a bear. A pipe in my garage froze and burst, the comparison monster reared its ugly head, and I’m working on a really great, but stressful project (more on that soon … I hope.) And it’s only Tuesday!

Chocolate Skillet Cake | Inspired by Charm

I decided that a possible cure for this less-than-epic week was chocolate cake. And since it’s A Year of the Skillet, I figured I’d make it in a skillet.

Thus was born Chocolate Skillet Cake with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Icing. The name alone is enough to put a little smile on your face. Am I right?

This was my first time making a cake in a skillet, so I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I used this recipe from Willow Bird Baking to get me started. Thanks for the inspiration, Julie.

Chocolate Skillet Cake | Inspired by Charm

How To Make Chocolate Skillet Cake:

After bringing a few of the ingredients to a boil on the stove, the cake is mixed together right in the skillet. It’s not quite as easy as mixing things in a large bowl (I tend to be a messy baker.), but it was fun to do something different.

Chocolate Skillet Cake | Inspired by Charm

After the batter is prepared, into the oven it goes. Once baked and still warm, a layer of delicious chocolate and peanut butter icing gets poured over the top. The original recipe didn’t call for peanut butter, but combined with chocolate, it’s my favorite thing ever, so that was the easiest decision of the week.

Chocolate Skillet Cake | Inspired by Charm

Served slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream … I can’t even.

Chocolate Skillet Cake | Inspired by Charm

With chocolate cake in hand, my pipe repaired, the monster momentarily caged, and the end of a stressful project in sight, I’m ready for whatever else this crazy week can throw at me.

Looking for more chocolate dessert recipes? Try these:

Chocolate Skillet Cake | Inspired by Charm

For more delicious skillet-inspired recipes, check out The Year of the Skillet series here. What other skillet recipes would you like me to create?

Who wouldn’t love a moist, rich, and warm cake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? This Chocolate Skillet Cake is a winner!

Chocolate Skillet Cake Recipe:

Chocolate Skillet Cake

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate cake, skillet, skillet cake
Servings: 6
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Who wouldn't love a moist, rich, and warm cake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? This Chocolate Skillet Cake is a winner!


Chocolate Icing:
  • 1/4 cup unsated butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 4-5 tablespoons milk - (Add more if needed.)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Ice cream for serving - optional


  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Then, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. Set aside.
  • In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, bring the butter, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, and water to a boil. Remove from heat and begin to whisk in the dry ingredients.
  • Next, with a spatula, incorporate the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla until just combined.
  • Bake the cake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • While the cake begins to cool, prepare the icing. In a saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter.
  • Next, add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Depending on the consistency, add a the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the icing is just pourable but not runny. Pour over the warm cake and smooth out with a spatula.
  • Allow the icing to set before serving with vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 733kcalCarbohydrates: 96gProtein: 10gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 450mgPotassium: 256mgFiber: 3gSugar: 76gVitamin A: 545IUCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
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  • Julea Moats at

    That looks absolutely decadent and completely yummy! Looking forward to trying it!
    Hang in there! If you need some reminders of what enjoyment, inspiration and general “feel goodness” you bring your readers by being exactly what and who you are, reread and believe the encouraging comments from your followers! Remember, no one was forced to write these responses, so it shows that we actually feel this way about you!

  • Taylor at

    Perfectly decadent … and don’t get me started on that icing. YUM!

  • Penny at

    Just remember every single day that all you have to do is be you! If you weren’t you, we’d miss Michael – and we want Michael!

  • Glenna at

    This was simple to make and tasty. Mine was crumbly, maybe I didn’t wait long enough to cool. Lol

  • Cecile Pettit at

    made this cake and it was amazing!!! Thanks for sharing! I was wondering if you had a similar recipe for vanilla icing?

  • Carol at

    Saw this recipe half an hour ago. It’s in the oven now. Already the kids are saying it smells delicious!! Can hardly wait to serve it to my family. I will definately be trying your other recipies soon! Thanks!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Wow! You don’t mess around. Haha. I’m sure the family will love it!

      xo Michael

  • Julia at

    This looks insanely good! I don’t own a skillet ( a problem I clearly need to rectify!) does this cook the same in a normal pan?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Julia, Thank you! And yes, I’d imagine so. Do all the cooking in a regular pan and then pour the batter into a greased 9″ cake pan. That should do the trick. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Gabby at

    What do you do with all of this deliciousness that comes out of your kitchen week after week?? This looks orgasmic in all the best ways!! Can’t wait to try this one. 🙂

  • Terri at

    This cake looks and sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to try it. Maybe this will be dessert with the goat cheese pasta dish. Comfort food heaven! You have an amazing talent. Keep doing “your thing” because it is fantastic! Wishing you nothing but brighter days.

  • Peggy at

    This looks absolutely delicious! And how can you miss with chocolate and peanut butter?
    As far as comparison, you are so good at what you do. Amazing! Never forget how special you are. Hope the rest of your week is the best.

  • Maria at

    Michael, this looks so good!! You are awesome! Do NOT let that comparison monster out again…you are so amazing! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love all the things you do! I get so excited to see your posts and can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Elle at

    This looks s-o-o-o good! I need to make this for book club.

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