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Caramel-Apple Skillet Buckle

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing


12 servings

My grandma made a version of this for me when I was a little girl—and fresh apples from a tree in her backyard added an extra-special touch. I’ve adapted her recipe because I love the combination of apple, pecans and caramel. —Emily Hobbs, Springfield, Missouri
Caramel-Apple Skillet Buckle Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 6 cups thinly sliced peeled Gala or other sweet apples (about 6 medium)
  • 18 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • Optional toppings: Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, additional chopped pecans and ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Pour into a greased 12-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet.
  2. For topping, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans and oats; sprinkle over batter. Top with apples. Bake until apples are golden brown, 60-70 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  3. In a microwave, melt caramels with buttermilk; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Let stand until set. Serve with toppings as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 462 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 354mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Nov 9, 2016

    Turned out great and really yummy! I made mine in my large cast iron skillet. My husband is not a fan of nuts or oats so I left those ingredients out of 1/2 the buckle. I should have made the entire recipe with both because I couldn't pick out either flavor on the side that had them.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Oct 24, 2016

    Very good way to use up several ripe apples! I didn't care for the way the apples looked since they baked on top of the streusel, so as soon as it came out of the oven, I covered the whole thing with the caramel topping (and I had jarred caramel topping, so I used it liberally). The caramel melted right into the apples and the cake and gave it a great appearance and made for a delicious cake. Next time, I think I will put the apples on top of the batter and then cover with the streusel.

  • Cklee1403
    Oct 7, 2016

    I had never made or eaten a buckle.I made it as written except I didn't have an ovenproof skillet so I used an 8x8 pan.I also didn't use the Caramels but used caramel ice cream topping.It was good but I didn't think it was 5 star worthy.I thought it was more like a coffee cake than a dessert cake.I probably wont make this Again.

  • debpenns
    Jul 31, 2016

    No comment left

  • SuSey22
    Oct 16, 2015

    I love all the ingredients so I had to try it, easy to make & delicious, I cut back on Carmel & used Carmel dip on top, it worked well , impressive in the skillet!

  • gwenmoss76
    Oct 15, 2015

    It's delicious wouldn't change the receipe at all.

  • butski
    Oct 14, 2015

    everything i have tried of your recipes have been great. can not wait to try this one.thanks