Cake in a cast iron skillet

I want to make a cake in my cast iron skillet. I was going to prepare the pan in the same way as for corn bread - place pan in hot oven for about 15 minutes, add oil til heated, then dump in batter and bake, which makes a nice crust. Another method I saw was to melt butter in pan on stovetop, then add batter and bake, which might be better for a sweet cake. Any other tips? I don't bake often, but I love my cast iron pan so far and want to use it as often as possible, so any advice is appreciated. Oh, it's an apple cake, not the exact recipe from today, but similar. Thanks!

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