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Browned Butter Pound Cake

by Milisa on April 2, 2012

Brown butter gives this classic pound cake the best flavor for the perfect anytime dessert.

Brown Butter Pound Cake from Miss in the Kitchen

Browned butter is so addicting.  The smell is totally intoxicating and the nutty flavor that it brings to a dish is out of this world.  If you haven’t tried it yet, this is your chance.

This recipe came from the pages of Southern Living magazine and I’ve made it many times.  It is actually called 2 step pound cake which is simplified from the usual process of adding the eggs one at a time and alternating the liquid and dry ingredients.  You really need a heavy-duty stand mixer to add all of the ingredients at once.

I decided to change it up a bit with browning half of the butter and the results were fantastic.  This would be an ideal cake for your Easter dinner or any occasion for that matter.  You could add fresh berries and whipped cream for an over the top dessert or it is superb served as it is.

My kids were smarting off that they didn’t think that pound cake really weighed a pound until I listed off the ingredients and then they decided it must be a three or four pound cake.  I’m pretty sure I may have gained three or four pounds eating this cake!  It was hard to resist.  It is so perfect to just grab a little slice for breakfast and an afternoon snack, and well you get the picture.

This week is spring break for my boys and we are pretty happy to have them home.  Our school doesn’t usually get a spring break, instead we usually get several Fridays off instead.  I’m not sure how they did it this year but it couldn’t have come at a better time on the ranch.  We are having an early spring and we are getting the meadows ready to irrigate.  (You should insert they for we when I speak of irrigating.)

I’m planning to get started on my garden earlier this year as well.  I bought some seeds the other day and hopefully I will find where I hid them from myself .  Does that ever happen to you?  No? It’s just me, well okay.  How about a slice of Browned Butter Pound Cake….

Browned Butter Pound Cake

Adapted from Southern Living


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup browned butter*
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Add flour, sugar, browned butter, softened butter, vanilla, milk, and eggs to a large mixer bowl in that order. Using a heavy-duty mixer, beat on low-speed for one minute. Stop and scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Continue to beat at medium speed for 2 more minutes.
  3. Use additional butter or shortening and flour to grease a Bundt pan. Spoon batter into Bundt pan and spread evenly. Bake for one hour 30 minutes to one hour forty minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pan about ten minutes, carefully remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Slice and serve.


*To brown butter, cook over low heat in a heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally until brown bits are formed. Cool slightly before adding to this recipe.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet April 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

YUM! Did you say Browned Butter? Oh yes you did. Amazing! The photo is rockin my socks off too!! Great post Miss.



Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Nothing like a good pound cake!


Thyme (Sarah) April 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

That pound cake looks absolutely perfect! and delicious.


Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama April 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Seriously YUM! I’m sold on anything that has brown butter in the list of ingredients!


Susan in the Boonies April 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Brilliance! Great thinking!
Usually with pound cake, (at least in the Southern Living pound cake recipes that I’ve used) part of the process is incorporating air by the mixing it for a good 5 minutes or so in the mixer. But if you’ve already browned half the butter…did that change the texture of the cake any? Like…it seems like it would make it more dense, if the butter has already been melted.
(Really smart to only brown half the butter. That may have taken care of that issue, maybe?)


Tara @ Unsophisticook April 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Yum, this looks delicious!!! Love me some brown butter…


Marly April 3, 2012 at 1:21 am

This looks so good! I’m still working on a vegan version of a pound cake. I know I’ll get it figured out one of these days! Thanks for some inspiration!


carolinaheartstrings April 3, 2012 at 7:37 am

I have never tried brown butter. Now is the time with this fantastic looking recipe. Thanks for sharing it!


myfudo April 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm

A good pound cake is a classic…I am ashamed that I do not have a trusted recipe of a pound cake. I am glad I stumbled upon your blog. Thanks for the post!


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray April 4, 2012 at 1:07 am

Looks SO good, Miss! Love the photo, too.


Kristina April 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

oh, my – this sounds simply wonderful!


Feast on the Cheap April 5, 2012 at 4:30 am

Oh yum…I’d eat this with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Krista April 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

It’s amazing what a little brown butter can do! This sounds amazing!


Kim in MD April 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Yum! Brown butter makes everything taste better!


Danijela April 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

This is really perfect. There is nothing better than soft, homemade cake. I can’t believe that it looks so good. It seems that preparation is not too hard, I think I will give it a try.


The Food Hunter April 7, 2012 at 4:09 am

You can’t go wrong with a pound cake any time of day.


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