If you're using your cast-iron skillet only on top of the stove, you're not making the best use of this versatile kitchen tool. It can go in the oven to make delicious skillet breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but it's also great for making desserts like these.

  1. Blackberry Clafoutis: Clafoutis (kla-foo-tee) is a rustic cake-y, custard-y dessert made with fresh berries or fruit. This skillet recipe calls for blackberries, but you can also use plums.
  2. Salted Caramel Apple Crumble: Salted caramel is drizzled all over a hot apple crumble.
  3. Pumpkin-Pecan Skillet Cake with Salted Butterscotch Glaze: White whole-wheat flour gives this cake some whole grains and pumpkin puree makes it moist.
  4. Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake Ice Cream Sundae: This looks as decadent as it sounds. A gooey cake is frosted with chocolate icing, topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce, and it’s all served right in the skillet.
  5. Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie: Instead of putting tray after tray of scooped out cookies in the oven, 10 minutes at a time, you can make one big cookie.
  6. Blackberry Skillet Cake: This could be called a blackberry upside down cake. Butter, brown sugar and blackberries are put in the skillet before a lemony batter is poured on top.
  7. Orange Almond Skillet Cake: The ingredients for this cake are mixed in just one bowl and then poured in a skillet for an easy, fresh-tasting cake.
  8. Indoor S’mores: It couldn’t be easier than this — melted chocolate and marshmallows in a skillet get scooped up with graham crackers. If you want to make it extra special, try making your own marshmallows.
  9. Mini Berry Cobblers: Small cast-iron skillets are perfect for making individual desserts. These desserts use a mixture of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries with a buttermilk biscuit topping.
  10. Cast Iron Skillet Fruit Cake: In the video below, Martha Stewart demonstrates making a cake filled with your choice of fruit in a skillet.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

10 cast-iron skillet desserts
Put your skillet to work in the oven to whip up some amazing sweet treats.