Magic Chocolate Skillet Cake

I love to make simple desserts and I love it even more when the desserts seem fancy, but they're not! This Magic Chocolate Skillet Cake is just that. It's also one of those recipes where you're pretty sure it won't turn out, but it does. I made a Gooey Hot Fudge Oat Cake that is really similar to this one a few years ago and loved it, but this skillet cake is even simpler. 
You mix all of the cake ingredients together, pour it in a pan and then pour hot water over top without stirring it in. It makes absolutely no sense, but somehow it works and tastes amazing. It's the perfect dessert to serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and to feed a crowd. I could eat a whole skillet of this myself because it's just that good. 

Magic Chocolate Skillet Cake
Adapted from How Sweet Eats
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. plus 1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups hot water
1/4 cup chocolate chips, chopped

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa. Whisk in milk and oil. Pour mixture into a 10-inch round cast iron skillet.
3. Combine the brown sugar and remaining cocoa and sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over top (do not stir). Bake for 40 minutes.
4. Let sit for about 20 minutes so the cake can set. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.


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