Buckle is one of those interesting baking terms that’s been around for ages. Basically, a buckle is a cake that “buckles” under the weight of the fruit on top.

This buckle features fresh cranberries for a sweet and tart cake. I added just a little bit of crumb topping for a little extra flavor and crunch. If you’re a big fan of crumb toppings, you can easily double the crumb ingredients.

This beautiful cake is so versatile. It works just as well for a morning meal or coffee break as it does for a dessert. Simply sprinkle with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Skillet Cranberry Buckle

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8-10 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

Skillet Cranberry Buckle


    For the buckle:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • For the topping:
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and softened
  • confectioners’ sugar, for garnish


  1. Place butter in 10-inch cast iron skillet. Melt over medium-low heat. Then, remove from heat and transfer butter to large mixing bowl to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In separate bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture in 3 portions, alternating with 2 portions of milk. Mix just until combined.
  5. Transfer batter to skillet. Scatter cranberries over top of batter, leaving about 1-inch margin around edges.
  6. To make topping, combine brown sugar, flour, almonds and salt in small bowl. Add butter and mix with fork or your hands until crumbs form. Sprinkle crumbs over batter.
  7. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
  9. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar when serving.

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