Brown Butter Cake

 

Brown Butter Cake is the first cake made from scratch in my new kitchen. Let’s face it, cakes made from scratch are SO much better than box mix, although I have to admit I sometimes find myself making shortcuts when it comes to cake. I always have a few boxes of cake mix in the pantry.

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. #brownbuttercake #layercakerecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.

Cakes, especially layer cakes, are time consuming; mixing, baking, cool, setting the crumb layer, frosting. I’m tired just thinking about it!

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. #brownbuttercake #layercakerecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

You know how some people are cake people and others are brownie, cookie or ice cream folks? Well, I’m a cake person. Ice cream makes my teeth hurt (even though I love it) and while I enjoy brownies and cookies, cake it really “where it is” for me.

Cake makes me happy.

Butter makes me happy too. Burnt, browned butter. Mmm…. Nutty and delicious.

What is browned butter? It is basically burnt butter, also known as beurre noisette, is unsalted butter with browned milk solids and evaporated water. It takes on a distinctly different aroma and flavor than regular butter adding layers of sophistication and depth.

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. #brownbuttercake #layercakerecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

Many recipes that call for regular butter can also use browned butter to amplify and change the flavor.

Even though Brown Butter Cake takes a little more time and effort, the payoff is well worth it!

Brown Butter Cake is filled with a dark chocolate mousse and then topped with chocolate buttercream. Your cake dreams have now come true.

On days when I don’t feel like whipping up two batches of frosting, I settle for just Chocolate Buttercream  as both the filling and frosting.

Have you ever wondered how to get flat cakes? Check out Liv for Cake’s easy guide to flat top cakes and preventing the ugly dome or having to lop off buttery cake delicious. Below is my favorite tool that she uses as well.

Browned Butter Layer Cake Recipe - Layers of rich, buttery cake with decadent chocolate mousse and chocolate buttercream frosting. www.savoryexperiments.com

Tools for making the perfect layer cake:

KitchenAid or other stand mixer – I waited a long time before purchasing my KitchenAid. Now I kick myself. I use it nearly everyday and the thing will last forever. They even come in fun colors and you can get custom wraps for them on Etsy!

Bake Even Strips– these are the things dreams are made of and will result in perfectly flat cakes every time! I also have a cheap cake lever just in case .

9 Inch Cake Pans– I actually have 4 of these bad boys! I use them for much more than baking cakes. They work for dredging and coating thing, baking rolls and much more!

Kitchen Scale– Another tool I didn’t think I needed, but my OCD self loves being able to weigh cake batter to make sure each layer is exactly the same! They are cheap and I find myself using mine for so much more than baking!

 

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. #brownbuttercake #layercakerecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

If you like our Brown Butter Cake, you will also love our other cakes from scratch:

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. #brownbuttercake #layercakerecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

 

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Browned Butter Layer Cake Recipe - Layers of rich, buttery cake with decadent chocolate mousse and chocolate buttercream frosting. www.savoryexperiments.com
Brown Butter Layer Cake
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Cooling Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter cake, cake from scratch
Servings: 12
Calories: 563 kcal
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups flour plus more for dusting
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla bean split and seeds scraped (or 2 oz pure vanilla extract)
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk room temperature
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar for sprinkling
  • Cooking Spray
Dark Chocolate Mousse Filling:
  • 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream chilled
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate melted and cooled
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Instructions
For Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Coat two 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray and line the bottoms of each with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray as well. Dust both pans with flour, tapping out the excess.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the milk solids turn brown and the butter smells nutty. Because it is a low heat, the process will take about 20 minutes. Scrape the melted butter and browned bits into a large heatproof bowl. Set the bowl in an ice water bath until the butter begins to solidify around the edge, approximately 8 minutes.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl whisk 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour with the baking powder and salt.
  4. Remove the bowl from the ice water and scrape up the hardened butter. Transfer the butter to a room temperature bowl and beat until creamy, 3-4 minutes, the color of the butter will lighten as you beat. Add the sugar and vanilla pods (or extract) and beat at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg yolks followed by the whole eggs. Beat in dry ingredients and milk in 3 alternating additions.
  5. Pour the cake batter into prepared pans and bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until the cakes are golden and they pass the toothpick test. Cool the cakes in the pans for 20 minutes. Invert them onto a rack to let them cool completely. Peel off the parchment paper.
  6. Assemble Dark Chocolate Mousse filling and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, see instructions below.
  7. Set one cake layer on a platter. Spread the mousse filling on top, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and cover with the second cake layer. Frost the outside of the cake with buttercream, sprinkle powdered sugar.
Dark Chocolate Mousse Filling
  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over the water and let stand until softened.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl beat cream until softly whipped. Refrigerate until chilled, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, heat coffee liqueur at high power until hot, about 45 seconds. Stir in softened gelatin until dissolved. You might need to use a spatula to scrap up gelatin as it tends to stick to the bowl and peel off.
  4. In another medium bowl, beat the egg yolks with sugar and salt at high speed until pale and thickened, 5 minutes. While beating yolks, beat in coffee-gelatin liquid. Beat in melted chocolate. Using a rubber spatula, fold in whipped cream in 2 additions. Scrape mousse into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze until firm enough to spread easily. If you refrigerate too long or make this portion ahead of time, let stand at room temperature to soften. Do NOT microwave.
Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter Layer Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 563 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Potassium 220mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 38g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 21%
Calcium 9.8%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. #brownbuttercake #layercakerecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

 

 

Brown Butter Cake is an easy cake made from scratch using delicious brown butter, chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. #brownbuttercake #layercakerecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

Comments

Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts

This looks delicious, like the cakes my gran always had in the cake tin whenever we went to visit.
I have never used a boxed cake mix, but I love your cake so much that I really don’t think I would ever need to 😀

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    You’ve never used a mix cake? I’m super impressed with that and that gran always had cake! Mine always had rhubarb… not nearly as good as cake.

Lane | With Two Spoons

Homemade is the only way to go and browned butter makes everything amazing! (Especially this delicious cake!)

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    I agree, brown butter makes anything and everything better!

Kim Beaulieu

This is gorgeous. I love brown butter everything. There’s just something about it that makes me so happy. I need to try this one. I don’t make enough layer cakes.

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    Right? Brown butter is where it’s at!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

Cakes are where it’s at for me, too! My favorite!

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    And this is why we are friends 😉

Kelly @ Nosh

Such a classic flavor and love that it’s all homemade and no box mixes are involved 🙂 So delish!!

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    If you can bake the classics then you can start to get creative!

Christina | Christina's Cucina

Oh goodness, that beautiful slice of cake is just calling my name!! And browned butter? Holy yum, now I want it for breakfast!

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    I wouldn’t judge you to have cake for breakfast!

The Food Hunter

A good first cake choice for sure.

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    Thank you!

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