Brown Butter Caramel Apple Cake
A great recipe from The Sweet and Simple Kitchen. This recipe takes our fall favorites to a different level.
Things you need…
Brown Butter Caramel
How to make…
In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugars and cinnamon until combined. Add in the cubes of chilled butter and gently toss to coat in flour. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it has the texture of coarse sand. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, add the butter, apples and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until the apples are tender but not mushy. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon. Set aside to cool slightly.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees; Butter and flour a deep 9x9inch square baking pan. Set aside.
First prepare your browned butter. Place your butter into a sauce pan over medium heat to melt. Once melted, kick the heat up to medium high and cook until fragrant and golden brown. Remove from heat, and transfer to your mixing bowl.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together your brown butter and sugar until combined. Add the lemon zest and the eggs one at a time, beating well in between each addition. Add vanilla and beat mixture on high until fluffy – about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of your bowl as necessary to ensure even blending.
In a small bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices until combined. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the wet and beat on low to just combine. Add in 1/2 of the buttermilk and beat on low to just combine. Add another 1/3 of the dry ingredients and then the rest of the buttermilk, beating on low to just combine. Add the final addition of dry ingredients and beat on low until there are no lumps in your batter. Fold in the spiced apples.
Pour the batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with the prepared crumble. Place in the center rack of your oven to bake for 35-40 minutes or until the center is set.
Remove from the oven and set on a rack to cool for at least twenty minutes.
Brown Butter Caramel
** Note: This recipe makes about 1 cup of caramel – you will have extra
While your cake is cooling prepare your caramel. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan brown your butter using the method above. Pour into a separate bowl and set aside.
In the same saucepan, add the sugar and the water and set over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and allow it to bubble until the mixture reaches a golden brown colour. Remove from the heat and slowly drizzle the whipping cream into your caramelized sugar in a slow steady stream, whisking constantly as you pour it in. Next add in your brown butter and whisk until smooth.
Drizzle cake with prepared caramel before serving and enjoy!
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