Cooking with Heinen’s | Autumn Apple Skillet Cake

Home Newsroom Cooking with Heinen’s | Autumn Apple Skillet Cake

Autumn is undoubtedly my favorite season. With the cool crisp air comes apple season. There’s nothing like a fresh picked apple. This weekend would be a perfect weekend for apple picking but, with all the rain, I’m happy Heinens has a big harvest of local apples. After more years than I want to count, my husband finally enjoys grocery shopping with me, but only at Heinens! He goes strait to the beer tap, tastes what is being featured and then gets his glass of beer and follows me around the grocery store happy as a clam. Thanks Heinens!


Anyway, with the cool temps and the rain I wanted to warm up my house with the smell of cooked spices and apples.  Apple Skillet Cake is the perfect choice. It’s seasoned with  cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice and ground cloves. The Cardamom is the star in this line up.  Its beautiful aromatic seasoning has a spicy, herbal, citrusy character and goes very well with cinnamon.  When I was in the south of France I had cardamom ice-cream and fell in love with this spice.  If you haven’t tried it please don’t skip it. You’ll be happy to have it in your spice drawer!




I start with my well seasoned cast iron skillet. I have every possible size but this one, about 10 inches, is my favorite. These skillets are prized possessions once they are worn-in and well seasoned. They cook evenly and crisp and brown like no other pan. Cast iron skillets are nonstick if you season them correctly. Season your skillet by wiping it down with a thin layer of canola oil and then baking it in a 250 degree oven for about 90 minutes. Let it cool and wipe it down and this will be as good as any nonstick pan out there. Go ahead. Try a fried egg on it, or a steak, bacon, hash browns, french toast or chocolate chip cookie dough, yes, it’s amazing!


Apple Skillet Cake


  • butter for coating the pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch ground ginger
  • pinch ground allspice
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • zest of one half orange
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and diced apples
  • ice-cream for serving.





  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Coat cast iron skillet with butter and preheat skillet in oven for 10 minutes.
  • In a medium to large bowl sift next eight ingredients together. In a small bowl, combine sugar’s, salt and zest. Stir sugar mixture into dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • In another small bowl, whisk all wet ingredients together except diced apple and ice cream.
  • Make a well in the center of the bowl of dry ingredients, fold wet ingredients in to form a thick batter. Stir in diced apple and pour into preheated skillet.
  • Transfer skillet to oven, and bake for 25 minutes, or until the center is puffed and the cake is dark golden brown.
  • Serve immediately with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, or store at room temperature for up to four days.
  • Note: Don’t leave the cake in the cast iron skillet overnight as apples will discolor and skillet may rust.




Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. She regularly shops at Heinen’s for the family dishes she features via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at


Have you heard about Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards™ program? Sign up for free to receive exclusive weekly specials via email and earn Heinen’s rewards. As a Tasteful Rewards™ membership benefit, Heinen’s will donate up to 1% of your qualified purchases made between September and April to a local school of your choice through their Teaming Up for Education Program. CLICK HERE to sign up for Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards™ and, trust me, this is one email that will always please your palate!

Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meatheads) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

There are no comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Barrington Today

365Barrington Partners

From the Community

Interested in getting monthly discounts and deals from our little gluten-free bakery? Sign up for our emails! We sent out our first just this morning, and tucked inside was a sweet little treat! Head to and scroll all the way down to sign up. Do it by Friday and we'll be sure to let you know about our March giveaway! ...

9 1

Check out today's Tuesday Tips to learn more about:

- our upcoming "Cultivating Resilience During COVID-19" Parent University event in partnership with Barrington 220 School District and Barrington Youth and Family Services this Thursday at 7:00 pm,
- how to support your adolescent child in their search toward answering the question, "Who am I?",
- fourteen talks to have by age 14,
- the upcoming BStrong With Time Together event for middle school parents,
- the community-wide mental health My Red Said project,
- and more!

Subscribe to have the Tuesday Tips email sent straight to your inbox or view previous emails at

#365Barrington #barrington220 #barringtonbyfs #myredsaid barrington_220

2 0

Your hair, but better. 🌿 Aveda’s Botanical Repair line uses bond-building molecules to fix existing damage, strengthen, & prevent breakage. Shampoo, conditioner, Light & Deep masques & a leave-in treatment lead the way to total transformation. 🤩 Available for curbside pickup or shop our shelves through the 🔗 Link in Bio!⁠
#LoveThatAveda #AvedaCares #AvedaLove #AllAvedaEverywhere #AvedaBotanicalRepair #BotanicalRepair #BondBuildingMolecules⁠
#chicagosalon #chicagohair #chicagostylist #crystallake #crystallakesalon #crystallakehair #naturalsalon #naturalbeauty #naturalhaircare #avedahair #hairinspo #livedinhair #naturalhaircare #avedahaircare #aveda #avedacares #newsalon #avalonsalon #avedastylists #deerparktowncenter #salontoday #shopdeerpark #365barrington avaloncrystallake

4 0

Luby Group Listings

113 S Cook Street Barrington, IL 60010
Commercial For Sale
- Active

Retail storefront in prime pedestrian location in downtown Barrington surrounded by Village shopping, restaurants, and steps to the Metra train station. Great opportunity to own a high visibility space, currently vacant, ready for you to move in and

1406 Dunheath Drive Inverness, IL 60010
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Family is sure to enjoy ice skating, hockey, kayaking & fishing in a stocked lake in their own back yard. Over 4,200 square feet of living space, this home has dramatic volume entry. It offers a spacious formal living room + separate dining room and

New Listing - 2 days online
51 Whitetail Lane Barrington, IL 60010
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active Under Contract

Excellent value and great location - Close to Barrington Village and Metra! Situated on a private cul-de-sac with beautiful 1.4 acres. Enter through a sunny, open 2-story foyer with hardwood floors. Large entertainers kitchen opens to a comfortable f

New Listing - a week online
1100 Prairie Avenue Barrington, IL 60010
Land For Sale
- Active

Great opportunity to build your dream home on a half acre in Barrington right down the street from Baker Lake and Ron Beese Park. Located just over a mile south of downtown Barrington, this rare waterfront location is a few blocks away from award-wi