I was a student at university when I first discovered my love for apple cinnamon cakes. I was initially skeptical about having a cake with apples and cinnamon but I decided to try it anyway.
It was the best thing ever.
I soon found a recipe online and it has been the recipe I have used for years. I recently decided to take the recipe up a notch by using browned butter to give a depth of flavor to the cake.
How to make Brown Butter Apple Cinnamon Cake
This brown butter apple cinnamon cake recipe uses very basic baking ingredients and is extremely easy to put together. There are some pointers you will need to make sure your recipe is perfect every time.
- Your butter will need to be browned before you start this recipe. You should give some time between browning the butter and making the cake to allow the browned butter solidify. I normally brown my butter a day ahead of baking, allow it cool down and then pop it into the fridge. On the day of baking, I simply put the browned butter out and allow it to come back to room temperature before using it for baking. For this recipe, I would recommend browning 1 cup (225 grams) of unsalted butter. That way, you have enough to make this recipe.
- You will cream your browned butter and sugar to incorporate air into your batter. This will help with the rising of the cake. Because this recipe requires you to cream your butter and sugar, I would not recommend using oil or melted butter as a substitute.
- Your brown sugar can either be dark or light brown sugar. Both will work fine. I prefer using dark brown sugar as it gives a deeper flavor to the cake.
- Pure vanilla extract will be a good substitute for dark rum in this recipe
Can I use a different pan for this recipe?
This recipe can be made in a small (8 x 4 inch /1 lb /6 cup) loaf pan if you don't have a standard 9 by 5-inch pan. You can also bake this cake in an 8-inch square pan. Remember if you choose to use a different pan you will need to adjust the baking time. Domestic ovens vary a lot so keep an eye on your cake as it bakes. I would suggest checking your cake once it hits the 30-minute mark and you should continue checking until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Can I use normal butter for this apple cinnamon recipe?
Yes, you can. However, the flavor of the cake would change as the browned butter adds a nutty caramel flavor to the cake. If you need help with browning butter, you can check out this easy tutorial to guide you. Trust me, it is really easy to brown butter and it is so worth it in this recipe.
What apple is best for baking this recipe?
Granny Smith works perfectly! It holds its shape really well in baking and it has a sweet-tart flavor that works so well with this recipe. If you can't get a hold of Granny Smith apples, you can use Gala apples but I highly recommend going with Granny Smith apples.
If you have any more questions about this recipe, please let me know and I would be happy to help out.