This post was originally published on September 1, 2011.
This recipe is one from my great aunt. Though I never got the chance to meet her, she had a whole mess of children and when you’re poor and have lots of mouths to feed, you just have to do what you have to do to make ends meet. This was an easy, inexpensive treat for her family.
Mom pulled this recipe out of her recipe box for me and it was dated 1976. I love old recipes. And y’all also know how I love simple recipes – not only because they are easy, but also because I love simple flavors. This is a real favorite of mine because of that. The way the sugar caramelizes against that cast iron skillet gives the crust a crunchy texture that I really like. It’s great served with some fresh fruit and whipped cream or perhaps even a little bit of chocolate gravy.
Aunt Betty's Old Fashioned Skillet Cake
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 12-inch cast iron skillet.
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared skillet.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and set. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes before turning the cake out.