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Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake by Foodtastic Mom #FallFest

Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake

A southern version of a French Apple Cake - this apple cake is custardy in the middle and has pecans and bourbon in the batter.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 406 kcal


  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 small honey crisp apples peeled, cored and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • butter pecan ice cream for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch cast iron skillet with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Toss the apples and pecans with the bourbon and set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip together the butter and 1 cup of the sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 - 4 minutes.

  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

  6. Add the flour mixture and sour cream to the batter and beat on low until a smooth batter forms.

  7. Fold in bourbon soaked apples and pecans. Spread the batter in the prepared skillet. 

  8. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar evenly over the top of the cake batter.

  9. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Let the cake cool in the skillet.

  10. Serve cake slices topped with scoops of butter pecan ice cream.