Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake

Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake is sometimes referred to as a Bourbon Skillet Cake. With apples, pecans and that bourbon taste, this easy dessert skillet is country meets french!

Skillet cake

Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake

Of all the places I’ve been, I have to say one of my top favourites is when I went to Kentucky with my daughter for her athletics competition.

I had no idea I’d fall in love with the area, vibe, food and drink. I look forward to another trip one day.

While this recipe isn’t one that I tried while there, making it always makes me think of this trip. Don’t you love how some recipes bring on that strong emotion and memories?

skillet cake in a cast iron pan, with Cake and Apple

Making Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake is also a great excuse to pull out my Mom’s old cast iron skillet.

I don’t use it as much as I’d like, but when I do, I’m again reminded of memories, tradition and comfort.

More often than not, I’m using it to make a cast iron skillet cake. I think this is why I make my Salted Caramel Skillet Brownies so often.

Bourbon Skillet Cake

Back to this particular dessert? Well, it’s a french apple cake meets Kentucky bourbon country. Let me tell you, this combination is a fantastic one!

This cake has that crackly top and custardy center which is so perfect for fall and winter. Served warm, it goes with chilly evening, football, crisp air and a warm fire.

It’s the same comforting effect that results from a classic apple crisp with warm vanilla sauce. YUM!

A pan filled with food, with Cake and Apple

While you can omit the bourbon from this recipe, it’s still delicious without. Yet add it in and you’ll see that it’s mild and gives a distinct and warming flavour. Because, whisky.

Top this cake with ice cream, butter pecan is my fave. Now you have an over the top dessert cake which will leave you wanting more. This cake is like magic, my friends!

skillet cake in a cast iron pan, with Cake and Apple

Love pecans? You simply must try this Chocolate Pecan Tart, another southern recipe that you can drizzle bourbon on!

skillet cake in a cast iron pan, with Cake and Apple

Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake is also a Bourbon Skillet Cake. With apples, pecans an that bourbon taste, this easy dessert skillet is country meets french! 


  • 3 small apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tbsp bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a large oven-proof skillet with cooking spray. 
  2. Combine apples, pecans, and bourbon in a medium bowl and stir. 
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix again. 
  4. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl until combined. Add dry ingredients and sour cream to the stand mixer and mix just until combined. 
  5. Turn off the stand mixer and fold in apple mixture. Pour into the prepared skillet and spread evenly. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar on top of the batter and bake for 35-40 minutes, until fully cooked. 
  6. Let cool in the pan and serve. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 569Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 3gSugar: 50gProtein: 6g

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  1. Ok, you have me drooling over this Kentucky Apple Skillet Cake!!! It looks super yummy and I would LOVE a slice to enjoy with my mug of tea!!! I’ve pinned it and hoping to try it soon.

  2. Sounds scrumptious , i will def be trying out your recipe !! Thanks for sharing !!

  3. OMG this looks delish. I love anything apple and have never tried a skillet cake. The ingredients sound amazing and I think I may possibly be able to make this. I know the family would love it as well. Looking Yummy

  4. This recipe sounds perfect for my holiday brunch potluck I’m going to this weekend – thank you for the inspiration!

  5. This look amazing. I love warm apple desserts. Now do you think I could pretend it was a pancake and eat it for breakfast?

  6. OMG this sounds amazing. I have never heard of a skillet cake but now I must borrow my mom’s cast iron skillet and give it a try. The Salted Caramel Skillet Brownies also sounds good.

  7. This sounds super delicious. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I look forward to trying it.

  8. We love apples and especially warm apples… this recipe is right up my family’s alley. Definitely making this on the weekend..thanks for the recipe.

  9. I have been wanting to make a cake using my skillet. This sounds like a delicious recipe to start with!

  10. Honestly I can’t wait to tery this recipe and if the weather would just cooperate so I could run out for the bourbon !

  11. OHHHH this looks amazing ! another bookmark for me ! I have never tried anything like this so it is a must try !!

  12. oh my this looks so good! Interesting that it has bourbon whiskey as one of the ingredients. yum

  13. I am definitely going to make this yummy Kentucky Apple Skillet cake. It looks so easy compared to a traditional apple pie recipe! And Bourbon is the secret ingredient that makes it unique!

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