Brown Butter Cake

Brown Butter Cake is moist and full of amazing flavor thanks to the browned butter.Brown Butter Cake

Welcome to Day Two of Eat Cake!  How did you like that amazing Chocolate Cake!?

Today’s cake is for you non-chocolate lovers!

Does anything taste better than butter?  Just browned butter!

One of our favorite ways to have browned butter is with ravioli.  And then there are those Butter Fudge Fingers – chocolate and browned butter – yum!

Well, another amazing way to enjoy browned butter is with cinnamon and on a cake!

Brown Butter Cake

Brown Butter Cake

Today’s recipe is an easy cake recipe. I made it in a 9 x 13 pan and it starts with a yellow cake mix.  You just add in some browned butter, water, eggs and cinnamon and you have a lovely light and moist cake.  The best part though is the frosting!

The frosting also has browned butter in it which makes it the best part as far I’m concerned.  Don’t get me wrong – the cake is great too but the frosting is amazing!!

Brown Butter Cake

If you have never browned butter before it is easy.  The only trick is you have to watch it, don’t leave it alone because it goes from golden brown to burnt in a matter of seconds!  Stir it in a pan over medium heat until the butter just starts to turn golden (will take about 5-8 minutes).  The butter will get foamy and bubble.  Remove it as soon as it just starts to turn golden – if you don’t you will have burned butter cake!  You will be dividing the browned butter between the cake and the frosting.

Eat Cake!

Brown Butter Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 C water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4-5 Tbsp milk
  • (remaining browned butter from cake above)
  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat
  3. Continue cooking, stirring constantly and watching closely, until butter JUST starts to turn golden (5-8 minutes)
  4. Butter will be foamy and bubble
  5. Immediately remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes
  6. Combine ½ C browned butter and all remaining cake ingredients in large bowl
  7. Beat at low speed 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; beat, scraping bowl occasionally until well mixed - about 2 minutes
  8. Pour batter into greased 9x13 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean Cool completely
  9. Combine remaining browned butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in small bowl
  10. Beat at medium speed gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency
  11. Frost cooled cake

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Lisa says

    Hi Leigh Anne! I need to fix this ASAP, it sounds great! Browned butter is used with so many foods here in PA Dutch country; we love it on noodles, potatoes and just about any vegetable. It’s to die for on fresh steamed asparagus! A cardiologist’s worst nightmare, but oh so good!

  2. Erin says

    Oh I love brown butter! It is so good on pumpkin cookies but that’s a out of season! I am making my grocery list for the day and I am definetely making this today ! Thanks for another yummy recipe!

  3. MelanieL says

    My husband took a look at your picture of this cake and said, YUM! I have no doubt all your cakes this week will look fantastic, and taste that way too when I finally bake them, but this one stands out as something that would be divine for Mother’s Day. I just might try it then, but I think I’ll make a “practice” cake beforehand for the husband!!

  4. says

    I haven’t worked with browned butter much, I have had every intention to, but just keep putting it off, maybe I will get around to it this week as this looks too good to pass up!

  5. MelanieL says

    I made this yesterday! It turned out well. I brought it in to work today so I’m anxious to see how everyone likes it! Thanks for the great recipe. Your BEST chocolate cake is next on my list:) Have a great week!

  6. Mary Kathryn says

    I came to your blog today looking for a cake recipe using a cake mix but making some changes. This seems perfect. My daughter will be turning three this weekend and we are having a family over to help celebrate. I was going to make cake from scratch but have a box on hand that I would like to use up. However, my cake mix is the butter recipe cake mix. Do you think it will still work well? Or do you have any other suggestions? Sorry such a long comment. :)


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