Apple Brown Butter & Vanilla Loaf Cake
For the cake:
  • 1 stick + 2 tbsp (150g) butter
  • 1⅔ cup (250g) plain flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda (aka bicarb)
  • ¾ cup (150g) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 tart apples, grated (I used Granny Smiths - should be about 2 cups grated)
For the frosting:
  • 1 stick (115g) butter
  • 1 cup (115g) icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2-3 tbsp milk, as needed
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper
  2. Place the butter into a medium saucepan or a frying pan, and melt over a low-medium heat. Continue to cook the butter, for about 5 minutes, until the butter foams up, and turns a dark, nutty brown. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Place the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk the eggs and vanilla bean paste together, and then add to the dry ingredients, along with the grated apple and the cooled melted butter. Stir together with a wooden spoon until well incorporated, and scrape into the lined tin.
  5. Place the tin into oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until springing back when touched, and a skewer comes out clean. Place onto a rack to cool completely in the tin.
  6. To make the frosting, brown the butter as before by melting it in a medium saucepan or a frying pan, and then cooking it until it foams and turns a nutty brown. Set aside to cool completely, back to a thick, semi-set butter (put it in the fridge if it's a very hot day).
  7. Mix the butter with the icing sugar and vanilla to a thick paste, and the add as much milk as you need, a little at a time, to make a thick spreadable frosting.
  8. Slather the frosting onto the top of the cake, and serve in thick slices
Recipe by The Sugar Hit at