Baking Chez Moi: Brown-Butter-and-Vanilla-Bean Weekend Cake

BBVB Slice StandI absolutely adored this simple cake.  Sweet and fragrant, made with ingredients I often have in my kitchen.  Great on its own but easy to dress up with ice cream and a little citrus.

BBVB Ingredients

Brown butter is a magical thing.  Something about the smell of it wafting through the air n permeating by kitchen after it’s reached peak perfection puts me in the mood to bake.  It also adds a unique twist to an otherwise pretty typical poundcake.

BBVB Brown Butter


Making this cake is quite the experience.  After the mouth watering brown butter smell you get hands on with some vanilla bean and sugar.  Something about rubbing vanilla bean into the gritty sugar between my fingers is oddly satisfying.

BBVB Vanilla Bean


No mixer needed on this one.  A whisk and a spatula will get you where you there just fine.



A little cream and a little amaretto get mixed in.  I could have used rum but I have a feeling the amaretto is a little bit more subtle and I prefer the flavor in this case.

BBVB CreamBBVB Amaretto


Finally we get to add the dry ingredients and the brown butter.

BBVB Dry IngredientsBBVB Brown Butter Add


Such a lovely texture with this batter.  This cake was really quite the sensory experience.

BBVB BatterBBVB Smooth Batter

The worst part is that when it’s done the entire house smells like wonderful brown butter and vanilla goodness and you have to wait for it to cool down.

BBVB Cool Down Texture



Pretty humble looking but certainly tasty.  My first loaf was dressed up with a little lemon sauce and vanilla bourbon ice cream.

BBVB with Lemon

The rest of it magically disappeared before I was able to take some additional pictures.  Oddly, Scott (my husband and photographer) didn’t seem to mind the additional cake.

BBVB Close Up Slice



I have a feeling this simple pound cake will become a regular weekend occurrence in our house.  The crumb texture, fragrance and simple process make the perfect weekend cake.



16 thoughts on “Baking Chez Moi: Brown-Butter-and-Vanilla-Bean Weekend Cake

  1. You are right, the aroma in the house was so tantalizing and if I had not had to take a photo for the blog, I would have cut into it when it was nice and warm from the oven! Your photos are so nice, fun to see the process, and I just love looking at packaging of ingredients. Very nice, all of it.

  2. I love your photos and the vanilla really shows up in that first pic. Loved your step by step instructions. I’ll bet the amaretto was a nice addition. Vanilla bourbon ice cream with lemon! Amazing!

  3. Love the photo with the lemon tree in the background! We are having a cold, snow filled day here in the north-east! Just a little jealous!
    Your cake looks beautiful! As does, the lemon sauce!! Happy Tuesday!

  4. Thank you for the picture of a stick of butter I have been curious to know what it looks like since I have been seeing it in all the US recipes :0) Love your cake and your beautiful photos.

  5. I too was impressed with the lemon tree – it looks pretty productive! This simple cake does look delicious – like it could be an alternative birthday cake even.

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