Brown Butter Pound Cake

April 29, 2016

Brown butter pound cake

Hiya... I am back from my ‘forced’ hiatus with Brown Butter Pound Cake - soft and delicate flavours So...Miss me much?

It was an unplanned hiatus.

My computer held me ransom since mid April!  We both had some issues, often, it went on ‘strike’, decided to go into deep sleep when I was doing my ‘work’... giving me no chance to save my work... grrr

After many attempts to re-boot and with much frustrations and apprehension, decision was made to send it for health check-up... It was supposed to be a 3 to 5 days job, almost 2 weeks after, I am finally back on track!!!
Hopefully all good now :D 

Brown butter pound cake

Brown butter?
Are people still raving much about brown butter or it has become one of those yesterday news? Brown butter was once the main player in almost every cooking, baking and blogs ;P.
I am not sure what is current craze. 
Salted caramel?

”Bake me! Bake me!”
was what I heard when I was flipping through one of Donna Hay’s e-magazines.

My interest was piqued, when I saw sour cream was used in the cake. Not many cake that uses sour cream and milk. I could imagine that soft, moist cake....with every bite.

With a slight tweak to the Ms Hay's recipe, corn flour was added, sugar was reduced. (I love to use corn flour in my every bake... corn flour gives a softer texture).
The end result was fantastic although it needed a little bit more baking time as I use a slightly bigger loaf pan than the recommended size.
Ms Hay's brown butter frosting looks marvellous, but I decided to give it a miss. I had enough of sugar fix for a day.

Brown butter pound cake

Brown Butter Pound Cake


    185g unsalted butter
    300g caster sugar
    3 eggs
    240g sour cream
    280g plain flour
    55g corn flour
    1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    180 ml milk
    2 drops vanilla paste

  1. Place butter in small saucepan over high heat and stir till butter melt
  2. Cook for over 5 minutes or until foamy and golden brown (careful not to burn the butter!!)
  3. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to cool 
  4. Sift plain flour, corn flour and baking powder into a clean bowl twice.
  5. Pre heat oven to 160C
  6. Line a loaf baking tin 11cm by 26cm with greaseproof paper.
  7. Place the now 'cooled' brown butter and sugar into a mixing bowl.
  8. Whisk until cream and pale (not to worry about the brown speckles...)
  9. Add eggs one at  a time and beat well after each addition
  10. Add vanilla paste and sour cream, and whisk till well combined
  11. At lower speed, add flour mix and milk
  12. Whisk till just combined.
  13. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  14. Bake for 1 hour or until skewers comes out clean. (my oven needed extra 20 minutes, worth to know your oven well ;) )
  15. Leave it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack to completely cool.
  16. Slice and serve.


  1. A tempting cake! Perfect with a good cup of tea.



  2. I love the smooth and light texture of your pound cake. Great photography, as always, Lisa.

    1. Thank you. It is as you described above, Angie. This recipe is a keeper :D

  3. This looks like the perfect pound cake! Your photos have my mouth watering!

  4. beautiful cake, beautiful pictures.. you are so freaking talented lady.. :)

  5. Oh this looks divine! Gorgeous photo too!

  6. You know i don't know when is the last time i had brown butter in anything! You are right it's like it has been abandoned! this cake looks like the right come back!

    1. Yes... brown butter is no longer the 'in' thing ;P

  7. Pound cakes bring back such fond childhood memories. Our village shop used to sell one that was THE BEST ever. Loving your brown butter version!

    1. Hope your village shop still baking their pound cakes. Lovely to re-visit childhood place :D

  8. I hear you on the computer frustration front. Mine keeps having difficulties connecting to the internet (it randomly wants to connect to another network) and given my normal IT support (hubby) is out of town it has been hair pulling to say the least. As for brown butter, I see it popping up on the regular. . .and I personally like cooking with it because I feel it gives food another dimension. I can imagine how lovely this brown butter pound cake is. It would be pure perfection with my afternoon cup of tea.

    1. You are lucky to have an in -house IT support :D.

      You are so right... brown butter gives food another dimension :)

  9. Could you please include (or point me to) the brown butter frosting recipe that Donna Hay had originally with this cake? Pretty please?! It's rare that we get too much sweetness around here and I'd love to try this cake with and without it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Martha,
      Not a problem :D shoot me an email.
      It was taken from her magazine and I cant find in her webpage either. ... unless you try google search ;)


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