brown butter nutmeg cake

Some couples decide to have two anniversary dates–one for their wedding day, and another for the day they met. Do you celebrate both?

11yrs1

That’s what Ben and I do. More cake for us. Haha!

11yrs8

11 years ago tonight, I met him at a crowded bar. He actually came in with a tall guy that I thought was his boyfriend. So I avoided contact. But he noticed me too and circled the bar and later came up to me and asked me what time the drag show started. (It was a bar that had drag queen shows. Duh.)

11yrs4

After the bar, we ended up talking for a few more hours at an apartment that he shared with multiple roommates, and we agreed to meet for breakfast at a nearby Denny’s the very next day. About six months later, he moved in. We’ve been together ever since! I cannot believe 11 years have gone by since then! And even though our wedding date is in June, we always do something to celebrate the day (night) we met.

11yrs5

Lately I’ve been craving the flavor of nutmeg. I thought I’d make a brown butter buttercream with a little cream cheese, because I love the interplay between the nutmeg in the cake and the browned butter with the slight tang of the cream cheese in the frosting.

11yrs7

I decided not to frost the sides of the cake (a.k.a. naked cake) because the frosting is very rich. I found a recipe for nutmeg cake, but added even more nutmeg, which was the right choice because the brown butter buttercream is very strong. This would be great with a scoop of ice cream, but since I made a caramel sauce, I decided not to go overboard. Enjoy!

11yrs2

brown butter nutmeg cake

ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 T freshly grated nutmeg (original recipe calls for 2 teaspoons)

1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 and 1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup buttermilk

method

Prepare pans by greasing it with butter/dusting with flour, then lining the bottoms with parchment paper and greasing and flouring the paper.

The first five ingredients should be sifted together into a bowl, then stir a whisk in the bowl to really mix it.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and light.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing with a hand held beater until incorporated. Add the vanilla and do the same.

Alternating with the flour mix and the buttermilk, mix on medium until incorporated, being careful not to overmix.

Pour into prepared pans. I used three 6-inch round cake pans, but you can also use two 9-inch round cake pans.

Bake for about 25-35 minutes. Ovens vary, so start checking about 20 minutes into the baking. Do the toothpick test by poking a toothpick into the center of each cake, to see if it comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack.

 

brown butter buttercream

ingredients

1 box (4 cups confectioners sugar)

1.5 cups (6 ounces) browned butter, cooled, solidified, and then brought to room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1-2 Tablespoons heavy cream

method

Cream the brown butter and the sugar, adding the sugar one cup at a time, until incorporated. Add the vanilla and heavy cream and mix with a hand held beater until light and fluffy. If you want to frost the sides, multiply recipe by 1.5

 

caramel

ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 cup cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

method

In a small saucepan with tall sides, heat the sugar, water, and lemon juice. Boil, undisturbed, until you see a medium amber color. Remove from heat and quickly add the cream, while stirring with a whisk rapidly, but being VERY CAREFUL to not scald your hand with the steam that arises. There will be a lot of bubbling and steaming from adding the whipping cream to the sugar, but whisking it is important to keep it from clumping up.

Assembly

Using an offset spatula, add frosting as you would when crumb coating a layer cake. You’ll want to add a generous amount of buttercream between each cake layer. I usually stick the cake and the layers in the freezer briefly, to keep the frosting from bulging out on the sides. Using an offset spatula, you can “shave” off the sides, for that “rustic” or “naked” cake look. Drizzle with caramel (optional), and adorn and serve as desired.

11yrs9

Comments

27 responses to “brown butter nutmeg cake”

  1. Victo Dolore Avatar

    I actually had palpitations and had to wipe drool from my face. That looks amazing! And congrats on the anniversary!!! 🙂

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Haha! It is quite rich. We shared a slice this morning and haven’t had any desire for lunch yet, even though it’s almost 3pm! Thanks for the congrats. This anniversary still feels like the real one since we celebrated it more times than the wedding one.

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  2. apuginthekitchen Avatar

    Such a beautifu cake Dave and a very Happy Anniversary to you and Ben, 11 years thats amazing and also congratulations on the upcoming wedding. Really 2 anniversaries is the way it should be!! Gorgeous cake!!!

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Aww, thanks Suzanne!

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  3. Rodhula Avatar
    Rodhula

    The cake looks amazing!! Happy anniversary!!!

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso Avatar

    Oh wow, such a gorgeous cake and no doubt very very tasty with all these wonderful layers. 🙂

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks Ronit!

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  5. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso Avatar

    Sorry, I was so into this cake I forgot to add – Happy Anniversary! 🙂

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Hahaha! No worries, it’s all good. I’m all about this cake, too; an anniversary was just an excuse to make it. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  6. Tux of Brooklyn Homemaker Avatar

    Congratulations! This is such an absolutely stunning cake and sounds so delicious!

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks for stopping by! Your apple cider donut cake was actually part of the inspiration, at least in terms of deciding on the frosting and the caramel, so thanks, Tux!!

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  7. Lily Avatar

    Aww, Happy Anniversary Dave! I like the way you think, the more reason to celebrate with cake the better:)

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Awww, thanks, Lily. Hope that you and yours are enjoying the weekend!!

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  8. heenie Avatar

    Awesome cake.

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks Heenie! And thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Frances Avatar

    Happy Anniversary…. This cake looks amazing. I love the look of “‘naked” cakes.

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Me too, Frances. And Thanks!! 😉

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  10. Cheyenne Avatar

    This cake looks beautiful and delicious. I love anything with nutmeg so I would definitely make this. Another great post!!

    -Cheyenne

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks, you made my day! 🙂 I like nutmeg a lot too!

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  11. June @ How to Philosophize with Cake Avatar

    Aw, sweet story–and sweet cake too!! It looks perfect for the occasion. Love the caramel drip on the sides, totally drool-worthy 🙂

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Awww, thank you! I just ate the last slice last night! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. skd Avatar

    The cake looks amazing. Too late!! I just read that the last slice is gone 😦

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Haha! I’ll make it again.Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

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  13. Simply Splendid Food Avatar

    What a great looking cake. I like the tall and tiny cakes.The presentation is sublime! I am truly glad I found you!

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    1. davegon Avatar

      Thanks!!! I’m glad you stopped by. Have a good day.

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