Brown Butter Apple Cake

This brown butter apple cake has a nutty flavor from the brown butter and has a delicious cinnamon sugar swirl.  Perfect fall comfort food!

It’s October.

October!!!  How did that happen?!

October means it’s fall, for reals.  No more debating.  No more Lemon Meringue anything.  It’s apple time!  {And pumpkin, but I think you already noticed that 😉 }

And I don’t know about you, but these days, after Kai is in bed and the dishes are all washed up, I’ve been curling up on the couch with a nice warm blanket and some really bad TV.  America’s Next Top Model, I’m looking at you.  Also required: a cup of sleepy time tea, and a big old slice of this brown butter apple cake.

Brown Butter Apple Cake

Brown butter is so nutty and rich and for some reason I feel like someone is giving me a hug when the smell hits my nose.  Brown butter just plain makes me happy 🙂

Brown butter and apples makes me eeeeeven happier 🙂 🙂

And there is no shortage of apples in this loaf…two whole apples!  That’s nearly two cups of apples packed in there!  Use any apple you’d like, I used Honeycrisp because that’s what we had, but I also looove Granny Smith apples in my baking!

Brown Butter Apple Cake

Brown Butter Apple Cake

And because apples just scream for cinnamon, I added a cinnamon swirl layer to this brown butter apple cake, just like I did for my Apple Coffee Cake Muffins.  After baking, the cinnamon swirl didn’t end up quite as visible, but don’t worry…that flavor is there in every bite!

I also added a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar over top of the cake, and as it bakes, it forms a cinnamon-sugar crust over the top of the bread, and when you bite into it…YUM.  My favorite part of the whole cake!  It may appear dry at first, but fear not!  This loaf is packed with moist apples, buttermilk, and brown butter.  There is no shortage of moistness whatsoever.

Brown Butter Apple Cake

One more thing.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have witnessed my ‘cake fail’ last week.  If you want to avoid a similar fate, you will need to let this brown butter apple cake cool *completely* before removing it from the pan.

Ok.  Now go make this cake, and meet me on the couch for the next episode of ANTM!

Fall baking for the win!

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Brown Butter Apple Cake
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This apple loaf cake has nutty brown butter and a cinnamon sugar swirl. Perfect fall comfort food!
Serves: 8 portions
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour {125 g}
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1 cm cubes
Cinnamon Sugar
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a standard-sized loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Brown the butter: heat in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring or swirling the pan frequently, until butter reaches a golden-brown color. Immediately transfer to a medium bowl, scraping all the bits of butter from the sides/bottom of the pot. Cool in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  3. While butter is cooling, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Mix browned butter with brown sugar, then mix in eggs one at a time. Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then fold in the apple chunks.
  6. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  7. Mix together the cinnamon sugar mixture and sprinkle half of it over the cake batter. Cover with the remaining cake batter, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.
  8. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out from the very center of the cake cleanly.
  9. Allow to cool *completely*. To remove from pan, run a knife around the edge of the pan, invert it over a plate/rack, and give it a firm smack.
**You may wish to place a cookie sheet under the loaf pan in case it overflows a bit.

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