Birthdays are some of my favorite holidays because…cake. It also doesn’t hurt that on my birthday I get to be all about me and nobody faults me for it! Truthfully, my own birthdays are usually more pressure than I would like. I’m a fairly lowkey person and not into all the fanfare. Typical Leo, right? 🙂 Celebrating someone else’s birthday is much less pressure in my opinion, and Jesus’ birthday is by far my favorite to make a big fuss over. Christmas doesn’t typically involve cake, though, so let’s get back on track. 🙂 This brown butter vanilla cake with salted caramel frosting is one I have made before. If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should), you may have seen it around the time of this year’s Super Bowl. I made it in the shape of a football. At least, I intended to. The shape was actually fine but the construction left a bit to be desired. I frosted the cake too soon (rookie mistake) then took it on a rushed and bumpy journey to my friend Trent’s Super Bowl party so by the time we arrived, the layers were migrating. Despite some technical difficulties, the flavor and consistency were unparalleled. The cake was a hit! So, a few months later, I recreated it as a brown butter vanilla birthday cake with salted caramel frosting.
I loved Chef Tom Douglas’ recipe as seen in Food & Wine while researching and planning this cake but tweaked it and changed the frosting to make it my own. The frosting is basically my praline sauce seen here, here, and here plus powdered sugar. Creating this cake is pretty straightforward. The only sidestep is browning the butter, which takes a little bit of time but is beyond worth it. Brown butter has a deeper, slightly nutty flavor that is unmistakable and truly elevates both savory and sweet dishes.
Let me know how this turns out for you or what cake you love when celebrating your birthday. Thanks for reading!