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  • Writer's pictureBobbi Jo Lathan

Grandmama Watson’s Country Skillet Pound Cake

Updated: Dec 31, 2023

Country Skillet Pound Cake

My Granddaddy Watson wasn’t much of a sweet eater. But, after he’d worked in the field all morning, he’d plop down at Grandmama’s kitchen table and have his late morning coffee served with a slice of her freshly made skillet pound cake.

He’d take a sip of coffee and a bite of that pound cake, share a little conversation with Grandmama about how the yellow dent corn and white acre peas were doin’ out in the field, and then it was back to work until supper.

As he’d get up from the kitchen table, he’d say to Grandmama, “That pound cake suited me just fine.” And if you asked him why that was, he’d replied, “Cause it’s plain and simple ,just like us country-folk.”

So, when this crazy world of ours starts to git me down, I just get out my sturdy cast iron skillet, bake myself some pound cake and pour myself a cup of fresh coffee. Then, I sit down to my supper table, take a deep breath, close my eyes, and imagine – just a moment – that I’m sittin’ in my Grandmama’s country kitchen and we’re all enjoyin’ a piece of her plain and simple country skillet pound cake.

And, I am reminded… you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl!

Grandmama Watson’s Country Skillet Pound Cake

Recipe by: Bobbi Jo Lathan

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Southern

Serves: 6


8 mins


30 mins


38 mins


1 cup butter (softened)

1 ½ cups sugar

3 eggs (beaten)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 ½ cups flour (unbleached)

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Powdered sugar (for dusting on the cake)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.

  2. Grease your cast iron skillet with a little vegetable oil.

  3. Now, in a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar ‘til it’s all well mixed and fluffy.

  4. Add the vanilla and blend it into the sugar mixture.

  5. Add your eggs and mix another few minutes. (If you’re using a hand mixer, blend for about 3 minutes. I’m old-school and just use a big spoon).

  6. Sift your flour, baking powder and salt into another bowl.

  7. Now, add that flour mixture to the sugar mixture and combine the two. (If you’re using a hand mixer, only mix at a low speed so as not to over mix). Once that’s done, pour the batter into your greased skillet, plop it on the counter a few times to git all the air bubbles out.

  8. Bake for 30 minutes until lightly browned on top.

  9. Let the cake cool in the skillet.

  10. Sprinkle or dust the top with some powdered sugar, throw a little whipped cream and berries on top and dig in! YUM! Now, how easy was that!!


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