This spicy and dense Apple Butter Cake is topped with a brown butter vanilla frosting. This is a delicious dessert for fall parties.
(photos updated August 2017)
Earlier this week the weather took a turn toward the warm side. It was warm enough to even still wear the flip flops for a day or two. But then it rained, and that brought the wonderful chilly fall weather that I love.
I pulled my Sketchers boots out of the closet yesterday. They are warm and cozy and just perfect for chilly days. I always have a hard time finding boots that don’t make my legs look short and, well, dare I say stumpy looking. Maybe these do too. But I happen to really like them, so I get excited when it is time to wear them again.
My daughter is only 11 and is now wearing the same size shoe as I am. This can be a good thing, and it can be a bad thing. Good thing about this is that she can wear some of the ones in my closet, so I don’t have to buy more right now. The bad thing about this is that sometimes I can’t find my shoes when I want to wear them.
Yesterday she came home from school and saw my boots. She got a look in her eyes, smiled, and asked what size they were. I just looked at her and said, “I don’t know.” She shrugged her shoulders and said, “That’s ok. I’ll just get them out of your closet while you are sleeping.”
Seriously? I think it’s time to go shoe shopping. This girl likes her boots, and I will never see mine again if we don’t get her a pair of her own. Don’t take that the wrong way. I am happy she likes to wear mine, but she will wear them every single day of the week, so bye bye cozy boots.
Shoe shopping here we come!
One thing about fall that I enjoy are all the smells that are associated with it. Leaves, bonfires, baking, hay, and apple butter cooking on the stove. Usually every year I make up some sort of fruit butter. This plum butter is one of my favorites. Over the years I have also tried apple, peach, pear, and blueberry.
For some reason I just haven’t made one yet this year. So, when Musselman’s contacted me about trying their apple butter, I said yes, with no hesitation.
One of my favorite ways to eat fruit butter is actually on warm biscuits or toast. But this is a baking blog, and I knew that I had to come up with something worthy of the butter.
This sweet cake has all the things in it that I like. Melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and lots of apple butter for the butter lover in me. I was a little worried when I spooned it in the cake pan because it was very thick. The smell coming from my oven made me forget all about that though. All those spices and apple butter baking up made our house smell like apple orchards on a warm sunny day. It was simply amazing.
And the cake came out just right. I baked it until a knife inserted in the center came out mostly clean. Personally, the texture of this cake was absolutely perfect for me. It was dense and moist. Yes, I just said the “m” word. You could bake it a few minutes longer if you want it a little more done.
To top the cake I made a brown butter frosting. It almost didn’t go on the cake because it was so good. I taste tested it, and then seriously thought about hiding in a closet with the whole bowl and a spoon. You will need to drop spoonfuls of the frosting all over the top of the hot cake. Wait a few minutes for it to soften up and melt before you start to spread it out. The frosting will melt into the top of the cake creating a gooey texture that is out of this world!
Can you see the specks of vanilla bean paste in it? It was the perfect compliment to this dense apple butter cake.
I still have a half full jar of yummy apple butter for biscuits and toast, but then again I just might make this apple butter cake one more time. What? I need that frosting in my life again because it was incredible!!! Or maybe I should make these apple butter cinnamon rolls again? Decisions, decisions…
(original photo from October 2012)
More fun ways to use apple butter in your baking:
- Apple Butter Pie Bars from Crazy for Crust
- Apple Butter Crumble Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
- Apple Butter Waffle Donuts from Nutmeg Nanny
- Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping from Tidy Mom
*Inside BruCrew Life was provided with a jar of apple butter to create this recipe. No other compensation was provided. Thank you for letting us share products and brands we use and love.