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Green Tomato Skillet Cake. Spice cake with green tomatoes, pecans and raisins topped with a warm butter icing and toasted pecans.
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Green Tomato Skillet Cake


  • Green Tomato Skillet Cake
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • yield: one 12-inch cake
  • Spice cake never had it so good. Green tomatoes add a bit of a fresh tangy flavor. The apple-like texture will make folks think they're eating an apple spice cake until you spring it on them that's it's green tomatoes they're loving. This recipe makes enough for one bundt cake if you'd rather use that than a skillet. For smaller portions divide the recipe in half (use two eggs) and bake in a 9 or 10 inch skillet. Be sure you use a well-seasoned skillet. If using a bundt cake pan, grease and flour before adding batter.
  • make the cake:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 1/2 cups diced green tomatoes
  • make the icing:
  • Start making the icing toward the end of the bake time for the cake.
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • a few drops of half and half


  • Make the cake:
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time and mix, after each addition, until well incorporated.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together self-rising flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Stir in pecans and raisins.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Beat until all the dry ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Stir in diced green tomatoes. Batter will be thick.
  • Pour into a well-seasoned 12 inch cast iron skillet. Spread evenly.
  • Bake in a 35o degree preheated oven for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Make the icing:
  • Add chopped pecans to a hot skillet and toast for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until you can smell a toasted aroma and the pecans start to brown slightly. Remove from skillet and set aside. Wipe skillet clean and return to burner.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add butter, stir occasionally until melted.
  • Gradually whisk powdered sugar into melted butter.
  • Whisk in a few drops of half and half until the icing is smooth and creamy.
  • While the cake is still hot, pour hot icing over top.
  • Sprinkle icing with toasted pecans.
  • Let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve out of the skillet. Don't be ashamed.
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