Saturday Sweets: Brown Butter Bourbon Cake for Father's Day

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Summer is upon us, meaning more barbecues and cookouts with friends and family. There's always a need for something a little sweet to end the meal, this week's Saturday Sweets features an easy Brown Butter Bourbon Cake that's perfect for those occasions — and conveniently simple for Father's Day. If your dad is at all a fan of bourbon, he's going to love this cake!

INGREDIENTS

Cake:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more, softened, for brushing
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup Kentucky bourbon whiskey
  • 3/4 cup sugar

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DIRECTIONS

CAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour Bundt pan.

  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high. When it boils, reduce heat to medium; simmer until foamy. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally and scraping bottom of pan, until foam subsides, butter turns golden brown with a nutty aroma, and milk solids separate into brown specks that sink to bottom, 2 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer to a heatproof bowl and let cool 10 minutes.

  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

  4. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla.

  5. Whisk brown butter into egg mixture, then stir in flour mixture just to combine (do not overmix). Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with a spatula.

  6. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.

  7. Let cool on a wire rack 15 minutes.

GLAZE:

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high. When it boils, reduce heat to medium; simmer until foamy. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally and scraping bottom of pan, until foam subsides, butter turns golden brown with a nutty aroma, and milk solids separate into brown specks that sink to bottom, 2 to 7 minutes (just like above for the cake)

  2. Remove from heat; carefully add bourbon (mixture will bubble vigorously). When bubbles subside, stir in sugar to combine.

  3. Cook over medium-low, stirring occasionally, just until mixture is smooth and runs from a spoon in a thin, translucent stream (sugar will not dissolve completely; do not let mixture boil).

  4. Pierce holes in cake (still in pan) to bottom with a wooden skewer at 1-inch intervals.

  5. Slowly drizzle glaze evenly over cake; let stand until glaze is fully absorbed, about 15 minutes.

  6. Invert onto a cake plate.

  7. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

Cake can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days — but we all know it won’t last that long!

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