what a glorious idea - cake for breakfast! i had some time on my hands this weekend and decided i wanted to use it to bake, and this cinnamon-sugar apple skillet cake from joy the baker has been calling my name for a while. the ingredients are below, and while the recipe calls for cardamon i used "cardamon". you know that point where you feel like you have enough spices and you just don't feel like buying any more? well, sorry cardamon, but i didn't deem you worthy of space in my oh so tiny cabinet. that's also because a cardamon substitute is easy to come up with - in any recipe you can replace cardamon with half cinnamon/half ginger, half cinnamon/half nutmeg, or half cinnamon/half cloves. i went with the latter and it worked out perfectly.
the first step is to make the cake batter - cream the butter and sugar for a few minutes, then add in the egg and the egg yolk that the recipe calls for, beating for about a minute after each addition. then, beat in the dry ingredients, which should all be whisked together in a bowl and set to the side, and here you have our cake batter. the cake was easily my favorite part of this recipe - it's ridiculously moist and tastes so perfect from the combination of spices that the recipe calls for (especially with a cup of coffee on the side).
i didn't have a skillet, so i used a 9-inch cake pan to make the cake. be sure to grease and flour the cake pan - it helps the bottom from getting dark or burnt. after putting the batter in the pan, layer on the thinly sliced and cored apples. i only used two apples, as opposed to the three or four that the recipe calls for, and i found this to be enough. one thing i would slightly change about the recipe - after layering slices from the first apple on top of the cake, i would have sprinkled on some of the cinnamon-sugar topping before layering my second apple on the top. if you don't do that, i would suggest not making as much topping that the recipe calls for, since it's far too much. i'm looking forward to using this technique the next time i make the cake, as i think it will help more of the apple topping caramelize while it's cooking in the oven, too (always a good thing).
pop in the oven for about 30 minutes and there you have it. i had to cook my cake longer than the amount of time the recipe called for, so if that happens with you when you make this, don't worry, it's still going to taste wonderful.
serve with a strong cup of coffee and enjoy!