If you are like me than you really aren't a cake baker, I leave that to my mom. I have never iced a cake and I don't have the patience to decorate one either, sorry! I love recipes like this simple, rustic, skillet cake. It's not a looker, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in flavor. If you can stir you can make this cake and it will turn out perfect, all in your trusty cast iron skillet. It has an amazing crispy, golden outer layer and a spongy interior that can't be beat.Print
Meyer Lemon Skillet Cake (Gluten-Free)
- Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
- 1 cup of sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- Grated zest of 2 Meyer lemons, *1 regular lemon will do if you cannot find Meyer lemons
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. g-free vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. g-free almond extract
- 1 cup Better Batter g-free all purpose flour
- 1 stick (8 Tbsp.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350° F. Butter a well-seasoned 9-inch cast-iron skillet or other heavy ovenproof skillet or 9-inch cake pan. *If using a cake pan be sure to grease the pan very well or your cake will not release, trust my personal experience on this one.
- In a medium sized bowl mix the sugar and the lemon zest, rubbing the zest into the sugar granules with your fingers, until the sugar is moist and aromatic. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until well blended, add the salt and the extracts and whisk well to mix. Switch to a rubber spatula and stir in the flour, then gently fold in the melted butter until completely incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the skillet and smooth the top with your spatula. Sprinkle the sliced almonds and extra sugar over the top of the cake and place in the oven. *If using a cake pan, place the pan on a baking sheet in the oven instead of directly on the rack.
- Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes, or until it is a beautiful golden color and slightly crisp on the outside. Remove the skillet from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes, then run a thin knife around the sides and the bottom of the cake to loosen it. You can serve the cake warm or cooled, directly from the skillet or turned out onto a serving plate.
- This cake stores really well, unlike some g-free baked goods. Wrap it well and it should keep for 3-5 days at room temperature.
I don't recall if I already reviewed this, but if I did, I apologize. This cake is divine! I used a cake pan with the bottom lined with parchment and heavily greased the sides and parchment. It came out like a dream. I am wondering if I added a little meyer lemon juice to the batter, that would intensify the flavor. The zest is so subtle that I would like more lemony flavor. How much, do you think, if I do that? I am going to make this cake again and again, as long as meyer lemons are in season. I love it that much! Thank you!
I am SO SO glad you loved it!! I would start at the zest of 1 lemon and go from there!
Oh my goodness! This is perfection! It was so easy to make, and it came out of the pan with ease. And delicious too! Thank you for a wonderful recipe.
You are so welcome! I am glad you love it!
wish you had a printing widget on your page. If there is one, i cannot find it
Hi Jac, this is an older recipe on our site that looks like it hasn't been changed over yet. It now has a print button in the recipe box. Enjoy!
Where do you find that brand gluten free flour?
Lydia, I order mine here: http://shop.betterbatter.org/products/all-purpose-flour-20-oz
Rachel @ Bakerita says
So glad I found your blog...loving all your recipes! Followed you on the social media sites...! 🙂 This cake looks so delicious. My sister is GF and loves lemony desserts, so I'll have to test this out on her!
I hope that you and your sister loves this cake as much as we do! I swear you will never know it is gluten-free.
Oh this looks so good! I love anything in a cast iron skillet.
Thanks Michelle! I love cast iron too, I have recently picked up a few vintage cast iron pieces and I can't wait to start using them:)
Gina @ So Lets Hang Out says
I am going to make this right now. I am having a day where I am cooking my feelings and this seems like it will do just the trick. 🙂
Gina, I hope that it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy! Just like a piece of cake should.
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies says
I am definitely more of a cook than a baker. But I think even I can pull this one off. 🙂 I love that you used Meyer lemons in it--I'm a little bit obsessed with them!
I love Meyer lemons too! This recipe is so easy, and it doesn't feel like baking at all.:)
This looks delicious. And so simple too, it's perfect!