This chocolate chip skillet cake recipe stars two extremely useful and economical kitchen items. One, the cast iron skillet and two, Pillsbury Grand Biscuits. Growing up in a Chinese household, I rarely ever experimented with Pillsbury products. I was thrusted into the world of Pillsbury while interning for Brit + Co, when I was tasked to invent, create, and bake 20 crescent roll recipes. It took two whole days, but my world was never the same after that. While I developed a sort of love-hate relationship with crescent rolls, I definitely learned that these canned, doughy pockets of goodness are extremely flexible and can be used in dozens of different ways, literally.
Also, I can’t wax poetic enough about the cast-iron skillet. It costs under $20, and you can use it in so many different ways. Whether you’re cooking eggs on the stove or baking a chicken or a cake in the oven, it’s a kitchen essential. For those who are a little bit lazier, get a pre-seasoned one and you’re good to go.
And so, this recipe is about ease and flexibility combining to create one damn delicious skillet cake. It doesn’t require a lot of complex ingredients, and is rich, buttery, and packed with chocolate.
CHOCOLATE CHIP SKILLET CAKE RECIPE
— 2 packages Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits
— 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup butter, melted and divided
— 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, divided
— 3/4 cup granulated sugar
— 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1. Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Remove the biscuits from the packages.
3. Use a rolling pin to flatten each biscuit into a disc. Repeat with all the biscuits.
4. In a large plastic bag, mix the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the cocoa powder.
5. Take the flattened biscuits, dip the biscuits into the flattened butter and shake off the excess. Put the buttered biscuit into the bag. Repeat with all the biscuits.
6. Shake the bag and make sure all the biscuit pieces are covered. You might have to do some massaging to ensure it’s all covered.
7. Remove the biscuits and roll up each biscuit with chocolate chips inside, and place in the skillet. Arrange in a circle, moving towards the inside of the skillet.
8. Mix together 1/4 cup melted butter, brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in a small bowl.
9. Drizzle over the chocolate chip cake, and top off the cake with more chocolate chips.
10. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
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