Pineapple-Vanilla Skillet Cake

Food Network Kitchen's Pineapple-Vanilla Skillet Cake
Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Pineapple-Vanilla Skillet Cake Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Pineapple-Vanilla Skillet Cake, as seen on Project:, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHY Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network
Prep Time
45 min
4 servings

Keep your cake pan in the cupboard for this easy-to-make skillet dessert inspired by pineapple upside-down cake. Instead of inverting it onto a platter, enjoy it cake-side up and scoop it into bowls with vanilla (or cherry-vanilla!) ice cream.



Juice of 2 oranges (1/2 cup)
tbsp honey
vanilla bean, split and scraped
a pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
cup sifted self-rising cake flour
cup firmly packed light brown sugar
tbsp unsalted butter, cubed, at cool room temperature
large egg
Vanilla or cherry-vanilla ice cream, for serving


Step 1

Position an oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350°F. Whisk together the orange juice, ½ cup water, honey and vanilla bean pod and seeds in a medium ovenproof skillet. Arrange the pineapple in the skillet. (It’s OK if the skillet seems overcrowded; the pineapple will shrink as it cooks.) Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and cook until the pineapple is tender and the juices are reduced to a loose syrup and very bubbly, 12 to 15 minutes.

Step 2

While the pineapple cooks, pulse the flour and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add the butter, and pulse until the mixture is crumbly and moist. Add the egg, and process until the batter is combined and thick.

Step 3

Drop the batter in small mounds all over the pineapple, and roughly spread out with the back of a spoon. (It’s OK if the pineapple isn’t completely covered; the cake will spread as it bakes to cover.) Bake until the cake is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, and serve with ice cream.

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