Sunday, August 8, 2010

Skillet Cake featuring Smart Spice Nutmeg and Cinnamon...and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Torte

To enter the Smart Spice Give-Away, click HERE!

Several years ago, my husband and I spent a month in Bellingham, WA for a summer internship. We lived in someone's spare room, slept on a futon, I was 5 months pregnant, he was gone all day with the was weird. BUT we fell in love with the Pacific Northwest AND got this delicious recipe, so all's well that ends well!

Skillet Cake

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon Smart Spice Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Smart Spice Cinnamon or True Cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pint blackberries

Place the butter in the bottom of a 10" cast-iron skillet or dutch oven and put it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and allow the butter to melt while the oven is heating. Meanwhile, combine all of the remaining ingredients except the berries. When the butter has melted and the oven is hot, pour the butter into the batter, whisk it until well-combined, and pour it back into the hot pan. Sprinkle the berries over the center of the cake. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and baked through. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


I love going on vacation in the summer. much fun! But being gone basically every other week does take a toll on my baking club participation. I was thrilled to be back to baking from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book this week, and thrilled to make such a fantastic dessert: Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Torte! I can usually go either way on flourless chocolate cakes; sometimes they're great, sometimes they're not. With its creamy, truffle-ish texture and tart bits of fresh raspberry, this was hands-down my favorite flourless chocolate cake ever. Everyone who tried it loved it, and it looked beautiful and elegant while being really simple to prepare.

Thanks to Jennifer of The Rookie Baker for choosing this winner. You can find the recipe by clicking HERE!
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  1. Both the skillet cake and torte look fantastic!

  2. Gorgeous! Perfect! Love your chocolate raspberry truffle torte with the powdered topping. Thank you for sharing the skillet berry cake too, NOMS! I have been born and raised here in the NW and could not imagine living anywhere else. We love the ocean, mountains, and dessert; all within an hour of our home going in different directions.

  3. Looks great! I love the skillet cake; something I'm wanting to try!

  4. This looks so delicious with the cocoa sprinkled on it. I went for powdered sugar instead. The skillet cake looks delicious, too. I love the flavors.

  5. Love that skillet cake plus your torte looks great. You are getting good use out of those Smart Spices.

  6. Both desserts look awesome! I really love your photos of the torte. I skipped the raspberries in mine so my husband would eat it, but I think I would have enjoyed it more with them.

  7. Wow! Thanks for the double post. Both look dee-lish!


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