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_3891Mix 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 FrostingBake 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 FrostingAnd 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 FrostingSeriously, go make this cake.



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
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 cups chopped apples, about 3 medium. I used Granny Smith


  • 1/2 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.


65 Responses

  1. 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!

    1. Pat

      Just give it a good shake after about ten minutes. Shake it all around and up and down to loosen it in the pan, then place a plate over the pan and flip it. Cake should come out whole!!

  2. Rebecca

    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!

  3. Nancy L. Bowen

    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!

  4. Connie

    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!

    1. Shelly

      There is a whole cup of butter in the recipe, that is enough, trust me! I can’t imagine why your batter would be dry…
      Let me know how it came out!

  5. Victoria V

    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!

  6. Sarah

    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!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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 minutes before putting your cake out of the pan on a roster to further cool down. It will drop out of the pan easily each time!

  9. Deb Gile

    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.

  10. Patty

    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?

  11. Courtney G.

    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!!

  12. Kayleigh

    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.

  13. Jaime

    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!

  14. lindsay

    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!

  15. Vickie

    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!

  16. Suzanne

    Hi- This cake looks amazing!!! Do you think it would still turn out yummy if I were to replace half the butter in the recipe for the cake with applesauce? Have you ever tried that? Thanks!

  17. christine coffey

    Hi – I want to try this recipe as it sounds gorgeous. I only have a 6 cup size tin though. Please can you tell me how long I would have to cook it for, and what temperature, if I used this tin. Many thanksxxx

  18. Anita

    Made the cake and it is delicious! So is the frosting, but I made mine too thin. I wanted it to look like the picture, but it ran down the sides. But that was okay, I just frosted it all. I will make this again and again. Mine came out of the pan in the 10 minutes as suggested. I sprayed it with non-stick cooking spray really well. Sent 3 pieces to my neighbor who loved it. Took 6 pieces to my son and his family. The cake was inhaled there!

  19. C Kvasnicka

    This is a great recipe. Made it a few months ago exactly as the recipe says- worked beautifully. Getting ready to make another one today.

  20. Lifeski

    Holy Cow this cake is awesome. I did a test run on it last night to see if it was something I wanted to take to party on Thursday. It is not hard to make and everyone at work that I shared it with loved it. It is very rich so I cut it into fairly small slices. This will become a go to. The brown butter frosting makes it rather unique.

  21. Leah

    I just saw this recipe 3 hours ago and made it. I didn’t wait for the cake to cool and had a warm piece slathered with frosting. HOLY COW, I died and went to heaven. I am making this for Thanksgiving. I am sure your pumpkin version is equally delicious. Thank you!

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