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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Recipe for Brown Butter Apple Cake by Mrs. Sweet Soiree!


Via Pinterest on my board, Apples!

 I thought we needed to talk about something other then Banner Boutique.  As much as I do love BB, sometimes I need a break from it (actually, a lotta times); it's easy to get burnt out!  I have a LOT of hobbies, a lot of interests; cooking, entertaining, party throwing, creating, homemaking, family in general...the list is endless (my husband can assure you of that).  I am one of those people who gets giddy as the seasons change.  I am often ready for change, ready for the next adventure, ready for what the new season will bring...especially when it comes to fall!!

Fall to me means apples, pumpkins, family, baking, cooking, preparing, togetherness, entertaining...see- ALL of my *happy things!*  The other day, my sweet friend Malisa (aka Ms. Sweet Soiree) brought me some Brown Butter Apple cake.  It was one of the last days before the launch of the website and I was frantic and crazy.  The sweet thought and yumminess of it all was just what I needed to get through the day.  I think it's ok to find happiness through friends bringing you food, especially if it's this cake!!

I posted a picture of this YUMMY cake on Facebook and promised the recipe.  Malisa was kind enough to sit and write it out for us...but first, let me share a few of my favorite pictures/things about apples...

1.) I love decorating with apples.  Cheap. Easy. Brings the feeling of FALL! (above collage)

Via Pinterest on my board, Apples!
2.) Baking/Cooking with apples.  I don't think I've ever had a recipe with apples in it that I didn't love!  If you click on the link under this collage above, it will take you to my Pinterest board where you can click on the individual boards to find these recipes etc. 
Via Pinterest on my board, Apples!
 3.) Another one of my favorite things...ALL things apple on a stick.  They're cute AND yummy.  The options are endless when you put an apple on a stick!
Via Pinterst on my board, Apples!

4.) I've been seeing A LOT of fall weddings using apples for decorating!  LOVE this idea!

Hopefully I've got your wheels turning and helped you see a few fun ideas to incorporate the beloved, inexpensive apple into your fall decorating and cooking!

Now here's Malisa and her promised Brown Butter Apple Cake!!  ...with not only 1, but 2 frosting recipes!!  Just for the record, I LOVED both recipes, I could not decide!!

Via my iPhone
Here's Malisa:

I was trying to help a friend come up with some ideas for September gift baskets. Since it is APPLE season we came up with doing a dessert or treat made with APPLES. Oh, and what a sweet treat it turned out to be! I am not a huge fan of Apple desserts, (I'm not a huge fan of fruit or vegetables, that's a whole other story), but this is one I knew I would like just from the aroma coming from my oven. The frosting puts this cake over the tipsy top. The recipe is from Southern Living, those southerners have got it going on.

Fresh APPLE Cake
Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 pounds Granny Smith APPLES (about 4 large), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
Browned Butter Frosting (recipe follows)
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350`. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

2. Stir together butter and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl until blended.

3. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended. Stir in APPLES and 1 cup pecans. (Batter will be very thick, similar to cookie dough.) Spread batter into a lightly greased 13-x 9-inch pan.

4. Bake at 350` for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 45 minutes). Spread your choice of frosting over top of cake; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup pecans.

Browned-Butter Frosting
Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 (16 oz.) package powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation
1. Cook butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove pan from heat immediately, and pour butter into a small bowl. Cover and chill 1 hour or until butter is cool and begins to solidify.

2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add powdered sugar alternating with milk, beginning and ending with powdered sugar. Beat mixture at low speed until well blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

1. Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

2.Gradually add sugar and salt, beating until well blended. Stir in vanilla.

The Brown-Buttered Frosting deserves using good quality butter, yes it is true, not all butter is equal. I used Land-O-Lakes European Style Butter, it has a higher fat content. Which is good in Butter and Baking!! My fave was the Brown-Buttered Frosting it just was so yummy with the APPLES and pecans. However, the Cream Cheese Frosting was good and a lot sweeter, so if you like sweeter (is sweeter a word,) you will like the Cream Cheese Frosting.

A little side note, I liked the cake served warm, so I did not frost the cake. I would warm the cake slightly in the microwave and then dollop the frosting on the cut servings of warm cake, don't be shy with the frosting. I'm already thinking of new ways and new treats to put the Brown-Buttered Frosting on. I will keep you posted which means Lindsay gets to do some more taste testing.

Love your sweet guts,

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