The Spice Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

 The Spice Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

From Ellen's kitchen with birthday thanks to


  • Cake:
    • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp cardamom
    • 1 tsp ginger
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/4 tsp cloves
    • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
    • 4 large eggs, room temperature
    • 3 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3/4 sour cream, room temperature
  • Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    • 5 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep two round cake pans, coating them with butter on bottom and lined with parchment.  
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.  Set aside.  
  • In stand mixer, mix sugar, oil, and apple sauce until evenly moistened.
  • Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla.
  • Once smooth, mix in half of dry ingredients until combined.  Then mix in sour cream, followed by rest of dry ingredients.
  • The batter should be fairly thin.  Divide the batter between the two cake pans.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  while cake bakes, make the brown butter.
  • Once the cakes have baked, allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto cooling rack.  Transfer cooling cakes to refrigerator. 
  • Add butter to a saucepan on medium heat.  Melt down and continue to stir until it bubbles, foams, and turns a rich amber color.  Pour brown butter into a shallow glass dish and chill while the cakes bake.
  •  Check cooling butter, as you want opaque and firm, but not hard.  Should be the consistency of softened butter.
  • When butter is ready, add it with cream cheese to stand mixer bowl.  Mix until smooth.
  • Add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, followed by the vanilla.  
  • Doesn't hurt to chill in fridge at this point, while cooling cake.  
  • Once cake is cooled, slice rounds in half and add a thin layer of frosting between each layer.  Frost exterior with remainder of frosting.  
  • Chill cake until ready to serve.


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