Cast-Iron Skillet Desserts

Use your cast-iron skillet for more than cornbread and start making home-style desserts such as cobblers, upside down cakes, and tarts. 

  • Rustic Spiced Peach Tart with Almond Pastry
    Oxmoor House

    Rustic Spiced Peach Tart with Almond Pastry

    When peaches are ripe and juicy, this divine tart from Christy Rost, cookbook author and public television host, goes together quickly and looks fabulous in a cast iron skillet.
  • Cranberry Apple Pie
    Oxmoor House

    Cranberry Apple Pie

    This old-fashioned apple pie with its old-fashioned pie crust and sweet, tart fruit filling is a great choice for a Thanksgiving dessert. This pie recipe appears in the new Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook published by Oxmoor House.
  • Blueberry-Peach Skillet Pie
    Oxmoor House

    Blueberry-Peach Skillet Pie

    Cookbook author and baking expert Julie Hasson loves using her cast iron skillet to bake pie—there's something satisfyingly old-fashioned about it. This pie has no bottom crust, which makes it quick to prepare, perfect for a last-minute dessert.
  • Simple Berry Skillet Cobbler
    Oxmoor House

    Simple Berry Skillet Cobbler

    This juicy berry cobbler recipe features fresh or frozen raspberries, but you can make the cobbler with any berries you have on hand, or with peaches.
  • Cherry Clafouti
    Oxmoor House

    Cherry Clafouti

    The batter for this traditional French dessert is somewhere between that of a cake and a custard; it most resembles a thick crepe, and it takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare it in the blender.
  • Giant Cookie-in-a-Pan
    Oxmoor House

    Giant Cookie-In-A-Pan

    Irresistible to both children and grownups alike, this super-size cookie is filled with chocolate chips and M&Ms and served in wedges. Baking it in a cast-iron skillet is great way to keep the cookie perfectly round.
  • Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

    Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

    This old-fashioned upside down cake recipe features pineapple slices that are browned in butter in the bottom of the skillet and then topped with a rich cake batter. This recipe also offers an “express” version that uses cake mix.
  • Easy Skillet Apple Pie
    Photo: Luca Trovato; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Easy Skillet Apple Pie

    Making an apple pie has never been so easy. Simply toss apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar, and spoon over a refrigerated pie crust in the cast-iron skillet. Top with the other crust and bake.
  • Bananas Foster Upside-Down Cake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Bananas Foster Upside-Down Cake

    Turn the classic Bananas Foster dessert into an upside down cake by placing a layer of bananas, brown sugar, pecans and rum in the bottom of the skillet and topping with a rich cake batter. After baking, you invert the cake so that you have a sweet and buttery banana topping for the cake.
  • Cast-Iron Apple Cobbler
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Cast-Iron Apple Cobbler

    This traditional cobbler recipe serves 12 and uses a cast-iron Dutch oven, but you can half the recipe and cook in a 12-inch skillet if you prefer.
  • Pineapple-Coconut-Banana Upside-Down Cake
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Pineapple-Coconut-Banana Upside-Down Cake

    Upside-down cakes are classically made in a cast-iron skillet because it gives the cake a crisp edge, cooks it evenly, and keeps it moist. Instead of a pineapple-only cake, this version features coconut and banana and give the cake a more tropical flavor.
  • Chocolate Chip Dutch Baby
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Chocolate Chip Dutch Baby

    A Dutch baby is a puffy, baked pancake. This dessert version is sprinkled with chocolate chips and served with a banana mixture flavored with coffee liqueur.
  • Upside-Down Apple Tart
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Upside-Down Apple Tart

    Make a simple, rustic apple tart with Granny Smith apples plus a few other ingredients you probably already have on hand: flour, butter, and salt.
  • Raspberry-Rhubarb Tart
    Photo: Christopher Baker

    Raspberry-Rhubarb Tart

    This 5-ingredient skillet tart has a homemade pastry crust that you make in the food processor and a sweet, tangy filling of fresh raspberries and rhubarb.
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Carrot Cake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Pursell

    Pineapple Upside-Down Carrot Cake

    Upgrade a classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by topping the pineapple layer with a carrot cake batter instead of the traditional yellow cake batter.
  • Bananas Foster Upside-down Coffee Cake

    Bananas Foster Upside-down Coffee Cake

    This decadent coffee cake recipe is inspired by the classic New Orleans dessert and features sautéed bananas, pecans, and a splash of rum. It also has the added convenience of a baking mix (such as Bisquick) that’s enhanced with cinnamon, sugar, eggs, and sour cream.
  • Tarte Tatin
    Karry Hosford

    Tarte Tatin

    In this classic French apple tart, the delicious syrup becomes the topping when the tarte tatin is inverted.
  • Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie

    Once you’ve made this decadent pecan pie in a cast-iron skillet, you may never go back to a pie plate. Simply press a refrigerated pie crust into the skillet, sprinkle with sugar, top with the pecan mixture, and bake. Serving it in the skillet is also easy makes the dish even more Southern.
  • Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake

    The brown sugar, apple, and pecan mixture that’s cooked in the skillet and then topped with a spiced cake batter become a gooey, rich topping for the cake when it’s inverted.
  • More Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes
    Oxmoor House

    More Cast-Iron Skillet Recipes

    For more classic desserts, breads, and main dishes cooked in versatile cast iron pans, see the Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook, Oxmoor House, 2012.

    You’ll find treasured family recipes as well as invocative new dishes that are all guaranteed to satisfy.


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