Snickerdoodle Skillet Cake

There was a time in the old days when most cakes were baked in cast iron skillets, but today it’s not that common. However, skillet cakes are some of the most delicious cakes out there. The edges get slightly crisped up in the oven, making for a delightful texture in the final product. And, we can’t think of a better cake for this than the Snickerdoodle Skillet Cake.

snickerdoodle skillet cake with ice cream

As kids, most of us have fond memories of being served snickerdoodle cookies. The treat dates back to the late 1800s in New England, long before chocolate chip became the most popular cookie. The simple flavor profile of snickerdoodles relies on vanilla and cinnamon- for a classic taste. And, this skillet cake does the same.

sliced snickerdoodle skillet cake with ice cream

During the mixing process for this recipe don’t be alarmed if the dough seems too dry. The recipe creates a stiff dough, almost like a cookie recipe. You’ll need to the press the dough into the pan to make it level and ensure an even bake. However, if you follow all the steps you’ll end up with a marvelous cake!

making snickerdoodle cake

making snickerdoodle skillet cake

The top should get nice and golden in the oven and the top will be further enhanced in the looks department if you sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top before serving.

sliced snickerdoodle skillet cake

The skillet cake version of this American classic is just as good as the cookie and is an elevated take on what is a simple childhood treat for many. Served with some cold vanilla ice cream, it’s heaven on a plate.

a slice of making snickerdoodle skillet cake with ice cream

Snickerdoodle Skillet Cake

30 minutes active, 2 hours total to prepare / serves 10


  • 1 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the topping: 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with butter or nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs and mix on medium speed until well combined, about 1 minutes.
  4. Add flour, cinnamon, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt and mix just until incorporated.
  5. Spread batter into prepared skillet and press it down. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool in skillet for 30 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon for topping and sprinkles over top of cake. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Annie's Noms.