Buttermilk Strawberry Skillet Cake with Strawberry Whipped Cream and Jerry's Sugared Pecans

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
40 min
Cook:
1 hr 10 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Buttermilk Strawberry Skillet Cake:
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature, plus additional for the skillet
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for the skillet
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups strawberries, tops removed, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Strawberry Whipped Cream:
  • 3/4 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Jerry's Sugared Pecans, recipe follows, for serving
  • Jerry's Sugared Pecans:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 4 cups pecan halves
Directions
Strawberry Whipped Cream:
  • For the buttermilk strawberry skillet cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet and dust with flour.

  • Beat the butter and 3/4 cup of the sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in the vanilla and egg. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl until combined. With the mixer running, add about a third of the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture, then add about half of the buttermilk. Continue adding the flour and buttermilk in this manner, ending with the flour, mixing just until the batter comes together.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared skillet and smooth the top. Place the strawberries on top of the cake batter, pressing down gently. Sprinkle the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar over top. Bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  • For the strawberry whipped cream: Place a mixing bowl and whisk attachment into the freezer 15 minutes prior to using.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the cold whisk attachment, whip the cream until soft peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the jam and vanilla and continue whipping until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes more. (If not using immediately, cover and refrigerate.)

  • Serve the cake with the whipped cream and Jerry's Sugared Pecans.

Jerry's Sugared Pecans:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Line a large baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil. Pour the melted butter onto the lined sheet.

  • In a large bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon and egg whites. Add the pecan halves and toss until they are fully coated.

  • Spread the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the pecans every 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.


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