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Caramelized Brown Butter Cake


Don’t be fooled by its appearance – this is seriously one of the best tasting cakes we have ever tried, and it’s so totally simple! It caramelizes right in the pan while it’s baking, so you don’t even need to frost it! How easy is that?! (You can if you like, but there’s really no need!)

Browned butter gives this cake a nutty, toasty flavor and the powdered sugar, used for dusting the buttered loaf pan, caramelizes the edges and gives it a sugary sweet bite that eliminates the need for any added icing. Try it as a morning treat with coffee, or a rich after dinner dessert – whatever the occasion, the next time you want to bake something totally delicious and a little out of the ordinary, we’ve got you covered!

Caramelized Brown Butter Cake

2 hours to prepare serves 8-10


  • 1 1/4 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
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  1. In a heavy skillet, on low heat, melt butter until it begins to foam. Stir for about 5 minutes, until it turns golden brown and smells nutty. Transfer to a large heatproof bowl and allow to cool in the fridge until solid, for about 30 minutes. Once solid, remove from fridge and set aside to bring back to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F and place oven rack in lower middle section of oven. Butter a nonstick 8 x 4.5 inch loaf pan and dust with powdered sugar.
  3. Whisk browned butter until it becomes creamy, then add sugar and continue whisking 3-5 minutes, until well combined and creamed. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, making sure each is thoroughly combined before adding the next.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder, then slowly whisk flour mixture into creamed butter mixture until well combined. Slowly whisk in milk and vanilla, and continue to whisk until smooth.
  5. Transfer batter to loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, loosely cover with foil, then continue baking for 20-25 minutes. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then transfer, upside down, to a serving platter.

Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

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