Chocolate Skillet Cake


1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
dash salt
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk (may add another tablespoon if needed)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt together and set aside.

In a 10" iron skillet, bring the butter, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, and water to a boil.  Remove it from the heat and whisk the dry ingredients and adding in the buttermilk, egg and vanilla.  

Bake the skillet cake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling make the frosting.

In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa and milk to a boil.  Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, nuts, and vanilla.  Stir to combine.  

Pour over the warm (not hot) cake.  

Serve with ice cream!