Steel Magnolias is now on Netflix, which means it has been and will continue to be watched in this house. Of course, I already have so many of the lines memorized, but can’t get tired of hearing them delivered by that wonderful cast and looking at those glorious ’80s hairdos.
So when I was thinking up a spur-of-the moment dessert while preparing dinner one night this week, I must have been inspired by the easy recipe Truvy (Dolly Parton) shares with the ladies while styling Shelby’s (Julia Roberts) before her wedding. Her Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa is so easy you don’t have to write it down– a cuppa flour, a cuppa sugar, and a cuppa fruit cocktail with the juice. Bake until the crust is brown and the fruit gets bubbly. Serve with vanilla ice cream to cut the sweetness!
What I did the other night was slightly different, but almost as easy. It did involve some very minor prep work, since I used fresh fruit–didn’t have a can of fruit cocktail in the house. I baked it in my Lodge 8″ cast iron skillet. You may need to increase the amounts just slightly if using anything larger. I greased the skillet with just a little bit of butter, but you can choose to use oil instead, which would make this a nice vegan dessert!
This recipe can easily be made with whatever fruit you like. I used what I happened to have at the time (blackberries, grapes, plums, and pears), and it turned out so very juicy and delicious.
Here, at last is the recipe:
Short and Sweet Skillet Cake
- 1 1/2- 2 cups of fresh fruit, chopped
- Orange wedge, for juicing (about 1/2 tsp of juice)
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 1/4 cups of sugar
- Dash of cinnamon
- dab of oil or butter to grease skillet
- Combine chopped fruit in medium to large bowl
- Squeeze juice from orange wedge onto fruit
- Pour all of the sugar and cinnamon onto fruit and stir
- Let sit in refrigerator for about an hour, until fruit is very juicy
- Add flour to fruit mixture and stir until mixture is evenly combined
- Bake in 350F oven 45 minutes to 1 hour, until fruit is bubbly, and crust is browned. Cake texture will be a little fluffy and a little gooey. The fruit is the star of this show!
Enjoy for dessert and if you have any left over, it also makes a great breakfast!
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