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PC Apple Skillet Cake


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  • 2 oranges
  • 5 small firm red baking apples
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2-1/2 t cinnamon plus spice blend divided
  • 1/2 c pecans chopped
  • 1 pkg (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 c water
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • cool whip thawed
  • pecan halves for garnish



Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Zest one orange and set aside. Score long strips from remaining orange and form into curls for garnish; set aside. Cut one slice from the center of the second orange; set aside. Juice oranges to measure 1/4c juice; set aside. Using apple, peeler, corer, slicer, core and slice apples, leaving peel on. Slice each apple in half vertically; do not seperate slices. Melt butter in family skillet over medium heat, tilting skillet to coat bottom. Combine sugar with 1/2t of cinnamon blend. Sprinkle over butter in skillet. Place reserved orange slice in center of skillet. Arrange 5 apple halves skin side down in a circular pattern around orange slice; arrange remaining halves around first circle of apples. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until apples are slightly softened. Using bamboo spoon gently press down and fan our apples slices to cover bottom of skillet. Coarsely chop pecans and add cake mix and remaining cinnamon spice blend. Add reserved orange juice and zest, water, oil, and eggs; beat until smooth. Gently pour over apples in skillet, spreading evenly. Place skillet in oven and bake uncovered 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Loosen edges of cake and invert on serving plate. Garnish with chipped topping, orange curls, and pecan halves if desired.

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