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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.
By Bree Hester
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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