Fresh Apple Cake And My New Love!

Today I wanted to share a recipe I made a few weeks ago at the cafe.  This apple cake was to delicious, I had to share with you.  The recipe is from Southern Living, I found their Fall recipe magazine special in the grocery store.  One of my addictions is recipe magazines in the grocery checkout line.  I am sure I am not the only one with this addiction….

The cake batter is very thick, but when mixed with all the apples, it is such a moist, delicious cake!

For the frosting I decided to make the browned-butter frosting.  They had three choices for frosting, dark chocolate, cream cheese or browned-butter.  I decided the browned-butter sounded so decadent and perfect for a dinner dessert at the cafe.

When you make browned-butter, it is a bit tricky.  If you let it cook just a second too long, you will quickly have burnt-butter instead.  Chef was wonderful and showed me how to make a beautiful browned-butter.  I would like to say right here and now, browned-butter is my new love! Seriously, a beautiful buttery hazelnut flavor…who would not love that?

When cooking the butter, keep your sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter, AND NEVER WALK AWAY FROM THE PAN!  You are looking for a hazelnut smell, with a light golden brown look.  It will happen, and it can quickly disappear, so be ready!

Yields 15

Fresh Apple Cake with Browned-Butter Frosting

A moist apple filled cake, topped with a decadent frosting!

1 hourPrep Time

1 hourCook Time

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1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 4 large), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
Browned-Butter Frosting
1 cup butter
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

Stir together butter and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl until blended.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended. Stir in apples and 1 cup pecans. (Batter will be very thick, similar to a cookie dough.) Spread batter into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 45 minutes). Spread your choice of frosting over top of cake; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup pecans.


Cook butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove pan from heat immediately, and pour butter into a small bowl. Cover and chill 1 hour or until butter is cool and begins to solidify.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add powdered sugar alternately with milk, beginning and ending with powdered sugar. Beat mixture at low speed until well blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.


What is your weakness, cake, pie, grocery store recipe magazines?

Until next time,  Come on in,  Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • Oh yum, love this cake! And anything brown butter, is on my must eat list! And I do goes from beautiful brown butter to oh s%#@ black butter in a split second! :) Not that I know from!
  • Please say you saved me a piece??? ;-)
    • Andi love, I always have some goodies for you.....BUT not this cake, BOO! Guess I just need to make it again, LOL:-) Love and Hugs, Terra
  • Please say you saved me a piece??? ;-)
  • EA Stewart-The Spicy RD
    Brown butter frosting? Yes, please!! I'm so excited to be one of the Zing Bar winners :-). Thanks Terra! I will say that magazines in general are a huge weakness of mine. Yes, huge weakness!
    • Congrats again my friend on winning the Zing Bars!!! Let me know what you thought of them:-) Love and Hugs, Terra
  • Thanks so much and congrats to the other winners :D I love beurre noisette, can't wait to try this frosting! My weakness would be ice cream.... And cookbooks/magazines. There is no room in this apt for more Ikea bookshelves but books keep coming every week from Amazon lol
    • I am so excited for you to try the Zing bars!! Let me know what you think of them!  You crack me up, I haven't filled my house yet of magazines, but it could happen, LOL:-) Hugs, Terra
  • You had me at brown butter frosting!
  • Anonymous
    What's my weakness? All of the above!!! :)  Love Fresh Apple Cake!  And I'm sure it's absolutely delicious with the Browned Butter Frosting.  Yummmm! :P
  • MySkinConcierge Ava
    I have got to make this.  I was just thinking how am I going to find the recipe and you gave us the lovely way to get it ourselves!  Thanks so much! Chat soon! Ava [email protected]:disqus 
    • Thank you so much for stopping by Ava! Let me know if you make the apple cake:-)  It is definitely amazing, I am thinking of making it again! Hugs, Terra
  • This apple cake looks absolutely delicious! And that frosting - yum!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, so happy to have found yours :-D
  • My weakness is THIS cake! Oh, my, it sounds amazing!  While the rest of the family adores chocolate, I love all apple desserts.  The brown butter icing is a fabulous topping....mmmmmm.
    • We would get along perfectly! I am not a huge chocolate fan, but love anything fruit related:-) This apple cake is one happy bite after another:-) Hugs, Terra
  • lovely cake and good tips on the frosting pastry chef Terra hugs
  • I was so delighted when you told me I won the other day! :P  And ommmmgnesss....this looks sooo delicious, Terra!! I've been craving apple-y cakes and pastries lately too... :)
    • Ellie I am so excited for you to try the Zing bars! Let me know what you think? This cake will help any apple craving:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Lora @cakeduchess
    This apple cake is fantastic, Terra. The frosting is unbelievable:)xx