Thursday, March 03, 2011

Browned Butter Cake with Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting


brown butter cake with cinnamon chocolate frosting.

I still remember the first time I smelled brown butter. It was 2 years ago, when I made these brown butter toffee blondies. I just couldn’t believe butter could smell like that. So nutty, so different from butter in its normal state. I’ve been smitten with it since.

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So when I was trying to find a cake to go with my favorite frosting ever, brown butter was the first thing I thought of. Brown butter cake with cinnamon chocolate frosting? Sounded perfect to me.

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And oh, it is. I’m in love with this cake. I want to bake it every day. I’m not the biggest frosting fan in the world, but I can’t help licking this off the spatula. There’s just something about chocolate and cinnamon together that makes me want to do a happy dance.

Both of these recipes are from one of my favorite blogs, the little red house. Sheena is adorable and lovely and takes beautiful pictures. Be sure to hop over there and say hi.

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Brown Butter Cake with Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting
From the little red house

(the cake recipe is for cupcakes, but if you’d like to make cake, just pour the batter into two cake pans and bake them for about 30 minutes)

Cake
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup browned butter*
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/4 tsp baking powder


*To brown butter:
Heat pan on medium heat.
Cut butter in to pieces and melt in pan.
Stir continuously. Butter will foam up.
After foam subsides, small brown flecks will start to appear in bottom of pan.
Continue stirring, until butter has reached a nice brown color, and nutty aroma.
When you want to lick the spoon, you know it's ready.
Turn the heat all the way down.



Preheat oven to 350°
Prepare cupcake pans with liners.
Beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened, about a minute.
Add milk, browned butter, and vanilla, stirring just until combined.
Add flour and baking powder, beating until well mixed--about a minute. Don't over mix.

Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, until tops are springy to the touch or a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.
Remove from cupcake pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting
(I doubled this for my cake, and I also went about it a bit differently because I didn’t want super thick icing). After beating the butter, I added the cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla, and mixed it in. Then I added the cooled chocolate, and then about a cup of powdered sugar.)

5oz good quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
8 TBS butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
2TBS baking cocoa
1 tsp mexican vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4-8 TBS milk

Melt chocolate in a double boiler and allow to cool to room temperature.
Beat in butter until creamy. Add in melted chocolate.
Add powdered sugar, baking cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla.
Slowly beat in milk 1TBS at a time until you reach desired consistency.

enjoy!

85 comments:

  1. This cake is inspirational! I always have the hardest time negotiating between brown butter and burnt butter, but obviously I need to give it another try.

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  2. Looks great. I made Friands/Financiers the other day with brown butter as the recipe called for and I can only agree to that it gives the cake such an amazing flavour...

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  3. Oh yum, this looks so good. I'm sometimes hesitant about mixing cinnamon with certain things, but the frosting sounds wonderful!

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  4. Oh my, that looks utterly delicious. The only problem I am facing is that I am the only one in the house who likes chocolate. Would it be very wrong if I made this cake and eat it all by myself? I think I am going to do that, fits my mood today :-D

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  5. This looks delicious! I have never tried browned butter. I need to do it soon.

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  6. karin: totally not wrong! actually, my dad doesn't like chocolate but he likes this frosting! your chocolate haters might feel the same. :)

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  7. I love how this cake sounds! One, I love brown butter and two, cinnamon and chocolate are such a great combo. Hello, dream cake!

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  8. mmm brown butter. Love the simplicity in design + complexity in flavour.

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  9. Hannah, this looks incredible. The recipe sounds so delicious...and your photography is yummy too! I'm always excited when I see you've posted a new blog, because they are always so good!

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  10. if i could put frosting on like you can hannah, i would feel like i really accomplished something in this world.

    yumm.

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  11. Mouth watering !! Decadent !! The perfect desert to sum it up :) Thank you very much for this treat both for the eyes and palate !!

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  12. I have a birthday coming up and this may be in order! The cake is gorgeous too. Nice job.

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  13. So simple, so delicious. Great photo's :)

    M.

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  14. Oh yum, so with you on the brown butter! Beautiful photo's as usual too!

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  15. Brown butter -- always amazing. The combination of chocolate cinnamon -- a *serious* weakness of mine. This is a real win.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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  16. drop dead awesome pics, they transport me. LOVE

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  17. This is beautiful. I love a chocolate-cinnamon combination... and to take it further with brown butter? Oh I need this now!

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  18. so with you on the brown butter thing.
    amazing.

    and as always, your photos are just knock down gorg.

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  19. WOW! I lovvveeeee this cake. Actually I woudn't be able to say wich of the two component of the cake I would prefer. I looovve browned butter too, and I love the combination of chocolate and cinnamon. It's lovely that these things are put togheter in one dish. I love Little red house blog too!

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  20. Love the Pictures! This looks really good. I like the addition of cinnamon to the frosting very creative! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Browned butter might be one of the best smells in the world. So pretty!

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  22. This cake is absolutely gorgeous. I love that it's only frosted on the top and in between the layers.
    I couldn't tell from the recipe, did you cut the sides off? I love how light it is. Oh so sophisticated!

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  23. I am so into this...

    I love cinnamon with chocolate and oh well, let's cut the crap, I'm totally making this tonight...

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  24. good god that sounds and look amazing! I may have to make this right away. From the browned butter to the cinnamon and chocolate, this cake has all of my favorite flavors all in one. The pictures are fabulous too!

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  25. So, this totally just got added to next week's menu.

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  26. This cake made my heart skip a beat. I wish I had an excuse to bake one up right now! Swoon!

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  27. Looks incredible, hannah! I want to eat that frosting by the bowlful.

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  28. This sounds absolutely incredible! I needs me a slice.

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  29. This looks amazing! I haven't tried browned butter yet, but I really want to now!

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  30. I adore cinnamon and chocolate together. This cake sounds amazing!!

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  31. Cinnamon and Chocolate feels very original. Probably it might be because I have never tasted them together.
    The pictures look so inviting. I have to give this cake a try.

    Thanks for sharing

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  32. At first I thought I've never seen cinnamon and chocolate paired together before but now I thought of a mug of spiced hot chocolate. This is a cake with the difference, in it goes into my bookmark.

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  33. Oh this sounds amazing! Sounds definitely like something I have to try with my new mini muffin pan.
    I too, love cinnamon and chocolate. To be true I love everything combined with cinnamon.
    BTW, your pictures are adorable, than ever!

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  34. See! Here's your cake! That browned butter catastrophe of the decade hadn't brought you down!

    Yea, chocolate pairs up nicely with cinnamon, alongside vanilla and salt! Yummy!

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  35. Hi!! My name is Agustina I´m from Argentina (Buenos Aires), I love your blog is very nice and your recipes are very good! I´m starting with my own blog http://alaperinola.blogspot.com/

    Bye and kisses from Buenos Aires!

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  36. hannah! that whisk picture is GORGEOUS. Nice work. I have yet to make anything with brown butter. Shame on me. Given my self control, this may be for the better.

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  37. The cake looks relaxing somehow. And mouth-watering.

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  38. This is brilliant Hannah! Can't wait to make it. Beautiful photography

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  39. Stunning as always Hannah:) Ahh how I love all things cinnamon..we're getting into autumn here in Australia, and it just fits with the cooler weather-with everything I eat at the moment!

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  40. This looks amazing! I lovelovelove browned butter.

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  41. The chocolate-cinnamon blend is so overlooked and it's a wonderful pairing.

    Everything about this cake sounds terrific.

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  42. oh my! I love this delicious chocolate cake, it's amazing! And your shots are so lovely... Great work, Hannah!

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  43. yumm! this looks INCREDIBLE. browned butter is amazing - i've used it in friands. excellent photos as well!

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  44. Bookmarked! Who can say no to browned butter? Looks amazing.

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  45. I love the combo of cinnamon and chocolate - and the brown butter just sounds awesome! What a lovely cake.

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  46. Love the fluffyness and creamy of this cake!! You are such an amazing baker. Did you have to double the proportions of the frosting to fill it and decorate it?

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  47. Hannah you are so sweet--thanks for your kind words:)

    Glad you liked it!! Your photos are so pretty (as always), and now I'm craving this cake again:)

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  48. i like the idea of your happy dance from this cake! I cake see why... the flavor combinations are just what cake should be! also adore the tow photos of the cinnamon and the whisk, so minimal yet charmingly warm and cozy.

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  49. Hi Hannah,
    This cake looks (and I'm sure tastes) devine. I love the shots of the cinnamon stick and the wisk.
    leslie

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  50. Wow wow wow! I just made these, and they are incredible. I love your description of knowing that the browned butter is done when you want to lick the spoon - I literally felt like licking the spoon when it was finished!

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  51. Your blog blows me away every time I return. I have to make these, but admit my photos will never be as good as yours - they're wonderful.

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  52. I am going and try to make this. It is so cute and the flavors sound amazing together!!! YUM!

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  53. oh yum... will definitely be giving this one a try!

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  54. Brown butter makes everything taste better, Hannah! But I've sure never tried it in a cake. And then to top it with a cinnamon chocolate frosting? Be still my heart!!

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  55. Looks delicious. Agree with Barbara, brow butter makes everithing very taste

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  56. That looks amazing! I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY IT!



    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  57. Ohhhhh your Brown Butter Cake with Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting looks YUMMILICIOUS!!!

    I really enjoy your artistry with the camera too!! Keep it amazing!

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  58. I made these cupcakes yesterday - they were so so so incredible! (I even wrote about them on my blog). Such a fantastic recipe. I took them to a friend's housewarming and they were gobbled down quickly! Brown butter is my new favourite food, and I loved the chocolate and cinnamon combo (which I'd never tried before). Thanks!

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  59. Brown butter seems to possess something magical that heightens the allure of any recipe possessing it. Thus, I am loving the idea of this cake recipe as well as the idea of adding cinnamon to a chocolate frosting - yum! As always, your photos are stunning. Lovely work! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  60. Now this looks like my kind of cake! Cinnamon and chocolate is almost as good as mint and chocolate! Yippee! This cake looks super moist too. I always love the recipes you post, so I can't wait to make this one.

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  61. Hello, at first, I love your blog and your recipes!
    I would tell you that I made your recipe for browned butter cake and loved it!
    Forgive my english, i'm brazilian.
    I have a blog and posted your recipe in there with the credits. Hope you enjoy!
    Thanks and a big hug!

    Noelle Aquino
    www.mastigandocom.blogspot.com

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  62. Absolutely beautiful pictures! I have added this to my ever-growing list of things I would love to try. I've just tried brown butter cookies, so I'm excited to try out some of the other possibilities.

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  63. I just found your recipe while searching for a great cake to make my son. It is his 1st birthday today! Thank you for helping make it wonderful!

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  64. Hmmmmmmm delicious! I just love looking at pictures of the finished product like the one shown above, made with perfection! Thank you for sharing such delicious cake recipe and I do hope that more readers will come to appreciate cakes not just for their taste or appearance, but especially the experience that goes with having one as you share with family or friends.

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  65. I just made this cake and it is amazing! I will def be making this again and the only thing I'll do different is instead of using All Purpose Flour I'll make some Cake Flour so it will turn out more fluffy... or maybe I beat the batter for a little too long... anyway I will one day perfect this recipe! Thank You!

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  66. Hi Hannah, I've been looking for recipes for assorted cupcakes for my husband's 30th birthday! And these look amazing. I may pair them with dulce de leche frosting though because he doesn't like cinnamon! But I haven't decided yet.

    I just wanted to know whether this recipe is for 12 or 24 muffins. Would you be able o help me out?

    Thanks!

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  67. Whew. Ok. I made this cake + a double batch of frosting, but I didn't do the cinnamon in the frosting. (Sorry!! I'm sure it's delicious, but my grandfather's favorite cake is a yellow cake with chocolate frosting - no frills :) The browned butter was frilly enough, and it's his birthday!)

    Delicious! But WAY too much frosting, and way too much sugar in the frosting lol. I used 10 oz ghiradelli semi sweet chocolate, the butter called for, and about 4 cups powdered sugar instead of 6 plus enough milk to thin it out. It was a whipped delicious frosting when I was done with it.

    I hope he loves it tomorrow! (One of the cakes stuck a tiny bit on the pan, so I got to taste test it ...hehe)

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  68. This is a great recipe. Very tasty and I appreciate that the cake is simple. I adapted it for the base of a baked Alaska I made recently with cereal milk ice cream. I'll share it with you when I do a post on it.

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