Cast Iron Skillet Olive Oil and Apple Cakes

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This olive oil cake, made with scrumptious apples, is baked in a cast iron skillet. This delicious dish is so moist and addictive! It’s a perfect Autumn treat.

top down shot of olive oil cakes

We’re dreaming of fall apple picking with these cast iron olive oil and apple cakes! We’ve made an incredible olive oil cake recipe before and it turned out so good!!

So we’ve slightly altered the recipe, adding pressed apple cider and baked sliced apples inside the cake! It was originally adapted from this delicious recipe from Food52, but baking it in a cast iron skillet adds so much rustic charm and tastes even better….  such a delicious recipe, perfect for this time of year.

The olive oil makes the cake so moist and without heavy frosting, you feel like you can eat the entire cake! Also, for a fun entertaining idea, we divided the batter into four mini cast iron skillets.

I use these ones and love them. If you prefer, you can make one large cast-iron cake too. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and it’s good eatin’!

How To Make Cast Iron Skillet And Olive Oil Cakes – Step By Step

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the dry ingredients into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment add all of the wet ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • On slow speed, add in the flour mixture and orange zest.
  • Beat on high for a few seconds until smooth. Don’t over mix.
  • Pour the batter into 4 mini, lightly-greased cast iron skillets.
  • Arrange sliced apples in each pan. About 1 apple per pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until done.
Side on shot of olive oil cakes

What Is An Olive Oil Cake?

An olive oil cake simply substitutes butter for olive oil. The olive oil gives the cake a lovely fruity flavor, while keeping the cake moister and lighter than butter ever could. 

How Long Does Olive Oil Cake Last For?

As long as it is not gobbled up straight away (often the case), this cake can usually last up to 3 days at room temperature. Because the cake is  made with liquid fat instead of solid, it will keep longer than butter based cakes. Perfect for prepping ahead of time.

What Is A Cast Iron Skillet Cake?

Cast Iron Skillet Cakes are delicious and simple to make. They use a cast iron skillet, with the cake mixture poured in, and then put straight in the oven or on the hob. The skillet creates a cake that’s crispy on the edges and gooey in the middle. It’s utterly addictive and won’t be around for long! 

 

top down shot of 3 olive oil cakes with sliced apples on the side

Top Tips

  • Try and use the freshest and best olive oil you can. As a test, if the oil is not good enough to put on your salad then don’t use it for your olive oil cake. 
  • Try a little powdered sugar for garnish. It’s a great finishing touch!
  • If you’d like your apple slices more uniform, don’t spoon them onto the batter in the pan. Instead, line up the slices and place them vertically into the batter. Repeat, spacing them at intervals, until you’ve used all the apples.
  • Use mini skillets to create cute individual cakes, perfect for parties!

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Cast Iron Olive Oil and Apple Cakes

The olive oil makes the cake so moist and without heavy frosting, you feel like you can eat the entire cake! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings (4 6″ mini cast iron cakes)
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cups olive oil
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup pressed apple cider
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 4 red apples, sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the dry ingredients into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment add all of the wet ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • On slow speed, add in the flour mixture and orange zest.
  • Beat on high for a few seconds until smooth. Don’t over mix.
  • Pour the batter into 4 mini, lightly-greased cast iron skillets.
  • Arrange sliced apples in each pan. About 1 apple per pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until done.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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