Everyday Brown Butter Cake Recipe

Brown sugar adds caramel and nuttiness to this tender brown butter cake. This simple tea cake is made with a whisk and one bowl.

– 290 g unsalted butter browned into 226g, if using salted butter reduce sea salt to ½ tsp – 220g or 1 cup packed tightly brown sugar – 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract reduce to 1 teaspoon if adding vanilla bean to brown butter – ¾ tsp fine sea salt – 3 large eggs at room temperature – 1 teaspoon baking powder – ¼ tsp baking soda – 250g or 2 cups cake flour shake the flour into the cup and level the cup, don't pack it in – 240g or 1 cup sour cream at room temperature – 3 tablespoons granulated sugar for topping




Cook butter in a large non-stick pan. The butter melts, sputters, foams, and browns on the bottom in about 7 minutes on medium-low. Add sliced vanilla beans and scrapings to melted butter. 

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STEP  1 .

As it browns, use a rubber spatula to scrape the edges. Remove 226g of butter from the pan and scrape it into a large bowl. Remove vanilla pod. Heat the oven to 350 F.

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Parchment or grease and flour an 8- or 9-inch square pan. Add vanilla and sea salt to butter and whisk. Whisk in the brown sugar for a minute to melt it.

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Add one egg and whisk for 60 seconds. Add another egg and whisk again; the mixture will thicken and shine, indicating an emulsion. Add the last egg and whisk 60 seconds.

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Mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda half way, then add the sour cream and mix well. Stop when flour is gone.

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Sprinkle generously with granulated sugar in the prepared pan. Baking until a cake tester comes out clean takes 35–45 minutes.

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See Also

Chocolate Birthday Cookies Recipe