Mango Ginger Skillet Cake

Every other year we spend Halloween in Tampa. I love it. The evening kicks off with a potluck block party, and then it’s back home to get ready for trick-or-treaters. We get truckloads of kids. I can fill a 5-gallon bucket with candy and come Tuesday morning there will not be a single piece left. I don’t tell kids “just take one.” That’s no fun! I give them each a few, and I reserve something special for the most creative costumes:  Full. Sized. Bars. gingerbreadbatterIt’s biological, wanting something sweet this time of year. I give most of the candy away, exercising serious willpower because I do have a sweet tooth. These days I’d rather have something homemade than store-bought candy that sticks to my teeth. Bonus points for anything that makes the house smell good. This old-fashioned gingerbread cake recipe does the trick: lots of dark molasses and aromatic spices, plus some fresh ginger for a little more zip.mangoI also swap out the applesauce for mango puree. You know I’m always looking for a way to use up frozen mangos, but I think it makes this cake even better. That hint of sweet tropical fruit is perfect with molasses and ginger.skilletcakeYou could bake this in a normal cake pan or brownie pan, but I recommend a cast-iron skillet. Pre-heat it with some butter, then pour in the batter. The cake turns out beautifully, with buttery-crisp edges. You can serve it right out of the pan, or flip it onto a plate.mangogingerbreadskilletgingerbreadNext up is a lime glaze to drizzle over the warm cake. This makes it taste like a dark & stormy in cake form.halloween The kids can have all that candy, but this cake is mine. 

You can find directions for my tie-dye-style spiderweb tablecloth here. It’s pretty easy. First you trace the spiderweb pattern with chalk…spiderwebtableclothThen go over the pattern with q-tips dipped in bleach. Next you wash it.webtableclothTa-da! tableclothHope your Halloween is spooky and sweet!

Mango Ginger Skillet Cake
For the Cake
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 cup molasses
  4. 1 cup mango puree from frozen mangos*
  5. 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  6. 2 1/4 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  11. pinch of ground cloves
  12. pinch of ground nutmeg
  13. additional 2 tablespoons butter, for the pan
For the (optional) Lime Glaze
  1. 1/4 cup lime juice
  2. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer or a large bowl, beat the softened butter until fluffy. Add the egg, then the molasses. Next add the mango puree and ginger.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg with a fork. Add the dry ingredients to the wet about 1/3 at a time and beat until fairly smooth.
  4. Add the remaining two tablespoons of butter in the cast-iron skillet and place it in the oven until it's melted and a little bubbly. Take it out (oven mitt, obviously) and swirl the butter around the bottom of the skillet. Pour in the batter.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool for about 15 minutes.
Make the Glaze
  1. Stir together the lime juice and powdered sugar. That's it.
To Serve
  1. You can flip it upside down onto a plate, or just slice and serve it right from the skillet, warm, drizzled with lime glaze.
  1. *Place about 2 cups frozen mangos in a strainer over a bowl or measuring cup. Allow them to thaw completely. The excess liquid will drip into the bowl or cup. Reserve this for another use (smoothies! cocktails!)
  2. Puree the mangos in a blender and measure out 1 cup to use in the recipe.
Suwannee Rose

2 Comments Mango Ginger Skillet Cake

  1. nicole October 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Oh, man, this looks delicious. I haven’t found one recipe on your blog that I don’t like 🙂 P.S. Happy Halloween (and BOOO)!

    1. suwanneerose October 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      You are too kind, Nicole! This one’s especially good warm out of the oven… beware! I wish I had more right now. ? Happy Halloween to you!

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