Brown butter cake with caramel icing

Brown butter cake with caramel icing

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We used different sized tins: a 23 cm, 20 cm and 18 cm to create some magic. Halve the amounts to make a 23 cm double-layered cake.


  • For the hot-milk sponge:
  • 8 free-range eggs
  • 500 g caster sugar or Selati pure white sugar
  • 1 cup warm brown butter
  • 560 g flour
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 2 cups milk, warmed
  • 2 t vanilla paste
  • For the caramel ganache buttercream:
  • 1 cup cream
  • 200 g Woolworths caramel chocolate drops
  • 200 g butter, softened
  • 380 g icing sugar, sifted

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line 3 cake tins of varying sizes. Beat the eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Slowly fold in the warm brown butter.

2. Fold in the dry ingredients and gently add the milk and vanilla. Divide the mixture between the cake tins and bake for 20 minutes (10 cm cake tins) or 30 minutes (15 cm+ cake tins). Cool in the tins before removing.

3. To make the caramel ganache buttercream, bring the cream to a simmer in a saucepan and pour over the chocolate. Allow to stand for 1 minute, then mix until smooth and glossy. Place a sheet of clingwrap directly on the surface and chill until completely cooled. Whisk the butter until light and fluffy, slowly adding the icing sugar. Whisk in the chocolate until well combined and fluffy. Ice the cakes and top with white chocolate curls and spun sugar.

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Photographs: Myburgh Du Plessis
Production: Abigail Donnelly
Food assistants: Bianca Strydom and Nadia Meyer

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    Rynette van Vuuren
    December 7, 2021

    Abigail, what must I do to get the butter the nice brown colour? Thank you

    1. Annzra Denita
      December 8, 2021

      Hello, here is a breakdown of how to make brown butter:

      Happy baking, Annzra Denita – Digital Editor

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    Lois Carol Wessels
    December 7, 2021

    Total perfection – thank you for the amazing recipe, intend baking it for my granddaughter’s Birthday

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    Thithi Eva Pooe
    December 3, 2021

    I love this Abigail. please send me your PDF baking images. I will like you to mentor me on gaining baking skills.