This situation right here is amazing! A moist upside down chocolate cake with a rich dark caramel and sweetened coconut flakes! The best part? It’s baked in a skillet!

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This morning I was thisclose to a breakdown. I’m OK now, but today it got real. I had to take a few deep, deep breaths.
I’m feeling overwhelmed, friends. Just a bit.
I’m lying.

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
Not a bit, I’m feeling a lot overwhelmed.
A lot.
Adulting is hard.

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
Humaning is hard, especially when you feel like punching people in the face.
I kept it in check.
I’m sorry.
I need sleep.
I need cake!

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
Can you recall the feeling you feel when you’re about to take your first bite of cake?
Any cake.

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
I’m here to evoke that feeling. That feeling of anticipation as your fork cuts through a layer of frosting and into the fluffiness of a delicious slice of cake. The feeling of utter bliss as that piece of cake meets your taste buds in an explosion of flavor. That temporary carbohydrate-fueled release of serotonin. Yes, the inevitable crash will come later, but who cares?!

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
Yah. That feeling.
The intention, the sole purpose of this Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake is to stir up those feelings.
Flow with me…. Let’s talk about this situation.

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
First, I hope the cast iron skillet passed down from your great-grandma is cured and free of rust, as this cake takes place in a skillet.
I love skillet cakes. They’re super low maintenance and most of the work takes place in that one skillet. For this cake we plan to make a quick caramel situation with light brown sugar, butter, and a little vanilla extract. Once the caramel has achieved its desired hue, sweetened coconut flakes are sprinkled on top of the caramel. Yes, don’t be shy, just sprinkle it on. You know, make sure it’s even. Set that aside and mix your cake batter situation.

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
The cake batter is simple – Creaming method – Sugar and butter. Add your eggs, your vanilla extract. Finally, you alternate a ‘heavily laced with cocoa powder’ flour situation with milk. This batter gets spread over the coconut flakes and baked.

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
Now here’s the good part – The part you’ve been waiting for. Once the cake cools slightly, you invert it onto a serving plate. You’re going to stare at it a bit. It’s all shiny. The reaction will be Pavlovian, visceral – Just flow with it.
Slice into that nicely darkened caramel, past the coconut flakes, and into that moist chocolate cake situation.

Coconut Caramel Chocolate Upside Down Cake {mind-over-batter.com}
Conjure up the feeling you feel when you’re about to bite into a mind-blowing slice of cake.
Bring that situation into your lips.

Hold on to that feeling.

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