Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

This delicious and easy Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting is perfect for fall baking!

So I made cake.

And then I ate cake.


And then I couldn’t stop eating cake.

So I gave the cake away.

Which is now someone else’s problem.


See, I’m a fixer.

Like Olivia Pope.

Which by the way, my husband and I are binge-watching on Netflix.



Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting.

It ‘s a real thing that you need in your life this very second.

To eat and then give away because I think you might lose self control like I did.

Problem fixed.

Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Ok, this cake is amazing.

I’m not a huge bundt cake girl, because 1) the damn cakes always stick to the pan and 2) there is never enough frosting.

Again, I solved that problem.


First make your cake batter.

It’s easy…

Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Then chop up some apples.

3 to be exact. IMG_3891 Mix those into the batter and spread it into your pan, which you need to grease to within an inch of it’s life.

Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting Bake it up and your house will smell like fall.

Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Give it about 10 minutes to cool in the pan and then pray and surrender your first born child to the “Please-Don’t Let-My-Bundt-Stick-Gods” Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting



Then go ahead and make your frosting.  Which is the most delicious browned butter frosting ever in all existence.

Brown your butter and then mix in some powdered sugar… Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting And then milk and vanilla…

Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Spread that all over your cake… Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

And eat that thang. Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting Seriously, go make this cake.


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Apple Cake with Browned Butter Frosting
serves 12
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 3 cups chopped apples, about 3 medium. I used Granny Smith
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Generously grease a fluted bundt pan (12 cup pan)
  3. In bowl of stand mixer beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  5. Add in baking soda, salt and cinnamon and beat until incorporated.
  6. Turn mixer to low and add in flour. Mix until just combined.
  7. Stir in chopped apples.
  8. Fill prepared pan with cake batter and bake for 55-65 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow cake to cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove cake from pan onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
  1. In a small saucepan melt butter and cook over medium heat until butter is a golden color, stirring consistently.
  2. As soon as butter is golden, remove from heat and beat in powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk using a hand mixer. Add more milk until the consistency you desire is reached. if you prefer more of a glaze than a frosting you will need to add a few more tablespoons of milk than the recipe calls for.
  3. Frost top of cake.
  4. Slice and serve.
store at room temperature for up to 3 days covered.


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September 5, 2013 8:30 pm

There is a lady in my church where I grew up and she would make an apple cake that looks similar to this one! Brings back great memories, and I also love old fashion cakes like this one! Can’t wait to try this one!

September 5, 2013 8:40 pm

This looks ahhhhhhhmazing!!

September 5, 2013 9:42 pm

Ahh!! Brown butter frosting and apple cake!! Yes, please!

September 5, 2013 10:03 pm

This cake looks amazing… perfect for the fall. I live on south America where there’s no such thing as fall. but the cake is perfect for this time of the year.

Elsie V.
September 5, 2013 10:58 pm

Looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing

September 6, 2013 12:05 am

Ummm totally wish we were neighbors cause I’d be glad to take this cake off your hands!

September 6, 2013 3:26 am

I’ve never tried browned butter in anything yet, for some reason it scares me! This looks great though, so maybe I will try and give it a go!

September 6, 2013 4:31 am

Anything browned butter (butter for that matter) and I am so into it!.
No wonder I love apples, they make the best type of fruit cake.

September 6, 2013 10:08 am

I made apple cake for the first time a few years ago and was kinda surprised how much I liked it! Love that you topped it with browned butter frosting!

September 6, 2013 11:12 am

This looks like fall in a cake! I have not really made a whole lot of bundt cakes but this looks fabulous!

September 6, 2013 11:55 am

Oooh this looks so good! Dang, I may have to dig my bundt pan out. Scary thing. Last time I used it, I greased, twice, and floured and it still stuck :(

September 6, 2013 12:21 pm

Browned butter frosting is my life. I could probably live on it.

September 6, 2013 2:08 pm

I swear, I am not sure what I find most amazing……..your recipes or your musings! I am never sure what to look at first……the recipe and pics or your so entertaining narratives! Thanks so much!

September 6, 2013 2:23 pm

I have never made apple cake before, but you top it with brown butter frosting, and I want the whole pan!

September 6, 2013 2:28 pm

This looks so stinken good!!!!! I love a good apple cake.

September 6, 2013 3:13 pm

Mmm, browned butter frostinggg. I bet it’s perfect with apple cake! Looks amazing. :)

September 6, 2013 5:50 pm

That frosting looks perfect! Love this cake!

September 6, 2013 10:23 pm

I love the chunks of apples in this!!

September 6, 2013 11:02 pm

I’ve been looking for an apple cake recipe to try out…. This is a winner I think! looks divine!!

September 7, 2013 4:26 am

Saw this link on zite! Brown butter frosting sounds AMAZING! Cannot wait to try!
This cake sounds DANGEROUS!

September 7, 2013 2:28 pm

I can never stay away from apples and browned butter. What a dream. A lovely autumnal dream.

September 7, 2013 3:26 pm

Looks completely delicious! I love making bundt cakes but hate my pan!

September 7, 2013 9:38 pm

That frosting! Pass me a spoon!

September 8, 2013 9:45 am

Adore all that frosting on the cake, lovely! Plus the apple chunks inside are screaming fall!

September 8, 2013 3:06 pm

Oh my goodness what a gorgeous cake!! I’ll take a side of frosting please :) xoxo

September 10, 2013 2:44 pm

Love the chunks of apples in the cake and the frosting!!

Nancy L. Bowen
September 10, 2013 3:50 pm

This looks so good—and I haven’t heard of browned butter frosting in ages! Can’t wait to make this—even if I eat the whole thing by myself! Thanks!

September 11, 2013 8:04 pm

Was there by chance any thing left out of the recipe, like oil? I just whipped it up and it seems pretty dry. I looked on other recipe sites and they all had oil listed. I added oil to mine. Hope I didn’t mess it up!

Victoria V
September 12, 2013 11:12 am

That cake looks amazing! Going on my fall baking list. And my husband and I just binge-watched the second season of Scandal in a few days. Gotta love Netflix! Ah! Can’t wait for season 3!

September 13, 2013 1:36 pm

are you using cake flour? or just all purpose? self rising?

September 13, 2013 1:40 pm

What kind of flour are you using?

September 21, 2013 9:30 am

This is my dream dessert! Love all that fresh fruit and can practically taste the frosting through my screen :) It was great seeing you this week in NYC, Shelly!

September 23, 2013 11:32 pm

I made this last weekend…and it was unbelievable! And, it received so many rave reviews it has moved to the top of my fall baking list! Thanks so much for sharing — keep your awesome, tasty recipes!

September 23, 2013 11:35 pm

Sorry!! The last sentence should have read “keep your awesome, tasty recipes COMING!” :)


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October 4, 2013 1:27 pm

I made this cake twice this week, it was so moist. Brought one to work and they devoured it.
Thanks for the great recipe.


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October 10, 2013 2:43 am

Okay, I can`t read your blog at night anymore. All I want to do is stuff myself with all of these fantastic desserts. Yes to cake. And, yes to apples in the cake!!


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October 20, 2013 7:38 am

Hi, I just found this recipe through Goldenstar’s Post on CSTM and I love it! I love cakes and apples, so this might be a perfect combination :) I’ve got one tip for you to get your cake easy out of the bundtpan (in the Netherlands it’s called Tulband, no idea where that comes from lol): Grease the pan with a bit of butter and sprinkle some flour in it, make sure the flour coats the whole pan. Then pour in the cake batter. Once the cake is done, get the cake out of the oven, wait for about 15… Read more »


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Deb Gile
September 14, 2014 8:10 pm

I have found that the Wilt on spray works really well on bundy cakes. I took one of their classes a year ago and it works so much better than Pam or Cisco spray. Don’t know why, but I have not had a problem since I used it.

September 15, 2014 6:12 am

I do not have a paddle attachment like the one you’re using to mix the sugar and butter. I only have handheld mixer with whisk attachment. Can I use the whisk attachment to beat butter and sugar to make the batter?

Courtney G.
September 27, 2014 4:49 pm

Making this cake for the second time this week. Delicious and stays moist for so long. I did bake it for a few minutes less than specified. It was done. I can’t wait for it to come out of the oven! Yum!!! Great recipe!!

September 28, 2014 6:14 pm

Thank you for posting such a fabulous recipe. I just took this out of the oven a few minutes ago and I cannot wait to dig in. My 3 year old daughter just got to experience brown butter frosting for the first time and I have to say I think she is in love too.

October 2, 2014 5:40 pm

I am late to the party but just saw this recently. Made it immediately. Added a little extra spices (cardamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg) and a cup of cinnamon chips. This is one of the best cakes I’ve ever had, and I don’t even like apple cakes!! Thanks for the great recipe!

October 12, 2014 5:21 pm

I don’t normally leave feedback on recipes, good or bad, but this frosting is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth and I felt like you should know that :) I made this last night for my mom’s birthday and she loved it!

October 24, 2014 2:34 pm

Can I use a regular 9×13 pan? Will bake time vary?

March 8, 2015 11:30 pm

So maybe now I have two “go to” desserts! The fudge filled vanilla looks awesome but this one looks out of control! Will be testing these out in the near future and will need testers! I am gluten intolerant and hubby is diabetic but need a good cake for potluck at the church. Thanks so much for the post, will try them out soon and deliver to someone in need of some loving form the oven!