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Chocolate Coconut Caramel Skillet Cake

Chocolate Coconut Caramel Skillet Cake is literally a one-pan cake you mix and bake in the same skillet. Topped with toasted coconut and caramel sauce, this dark and decadent dessert is guaranteed to be a hit at your family get-togethers.

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Chocolate Coconut Caramel Skillet Cake
Chocolate Coconut Caramel Skillet Cake is one of my one-pan wonders. It’s baked in the same cast iron skillet that you make it in, making both baking and clean-up a breeze! (You have to love that.) This cake is dark, dense and super moist. I topped mine with toasted coconut and caramel sauce, but the cake is a great base for any topping that you and your family likes. A little vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce would be heavenly on this, as would fresh fruit and whipped cream. Let’s get started! 

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. Set aside.

bowl of dry ingredients
Add butter, oil, water and cocoa to a 9-inch cast iron skillet. butter and chocolate in cast iron skillet
Bring to a boil over medium heat. stirring chocolate in skillet
Mix together buttermilk, egg and vanilla in a small measuring cup. wet ingredients in measuring cup
Whisk in dry ingredients. whisking in dry ingredients
Working quickly, whisk in the egg mixture. mixing batter in skillet
Mix until completely combined. cake cooking in skillet on stovetop
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. baked cake in skillet
While the cake is baking, toast coconut until it begins to brown. toasted coconut
While the cake is baking, begin the caramel sauce. Add brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt to a medium saucepan. ingredients for caramel sauce
Cook on medium-low heat and whisk until it begins to thicken, 5 to 8 minutes. Take off heat and add vanilla. cooking ingredients for caramel sauce
Top with toasted coconut and caramel sauce. Add whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired. For maximum ooey-gooey goodness, serve this cake warm, straight from the oven. Chocolate Coconut Caramel Skillet Cake

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