TwD: BCM Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake


I’m back! No, I am really back this time. After a whirlwind 10 months of a new job, a new side hobby, and traveling, I’ve come back to start 2015 on the right foot with multiple resolutions! (In case one of them falls at the waistside, I still have motivation to keep going with the others.)

That being said, my three resolutions are 1) limit my beef and pork intake, focusing mainly on fish. Chicken is acceptable when absolutely necessary. 2) Re-start my Rosetta Stone lessons to learn Tagalog. 3) Post at least once a month for ffwD and TwD. So far, I’m doing well on all three, and I still have one more week to get my January ffwD post in!

Now, as for this brown butter and vanilla bean weekend cake, it was a breeze to put together since the butter was melted and browned on the stove. I’m always fond of cakes that don’t require “room temperature butter”. I’m pretty impatient when it comes to waiting for butter to soften.

The cake itself was tasty but slightly dry in my opinion. I brought some slices to work, and the reactions ranged from the silent devouring of an entire slice in one or two mouthfuls to “amazing” to “it’s a little vanilla-y”. But, overall, I think it was a hit. However, next time, I’ll probably serve it with some berry compote or alongside afternoon tea instead of standing alone.

If you’d like to join our twice monthly baking group, pick up a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi and baking along with us!

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 06:35:24

    Great to see you back! I hope all the changes in your world are working out for you.
    Good looking cake!

  2. Traffic Diva
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 07:10:36

    It’s was so awesome to see a Yummy post in my morning inbox! Can’t wait to see more…cake looks great!!

  3. Jean |
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 07:29:08

    Glad to have you back in the Blogiverse! I’d like a slice of that loaf with a nice cuppa tea! Wishing you all the best with your resolutions.

  4. Kayte
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 07:36:28

    Congrats on your resolutions…you are doing GREAT! Love that photo of your cake, very elegant and glamorous, sort of like the cake in a little black dress. πŸ™‚

  5. chef mimi
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 07:52:36

    Tagalog? Jeez. And I can hardly remember French. Great cake, and good luck with your plans!

  6. Mimi Anderson
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 08:06:59

    This looks delicious wish we still worked together so I could have tasted it.

    Jan 27, 2015 @ 08:13:49

    So glad to see you back blogging along with us,YC! I’ve missed you! It will be nice to have you along as we wind down on FF’s!
    This was a great cake, and easy to put together. Yours looks lovely! Happy Tuesday!

  8. Joyce, kitchen flavours
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 09:19:42

    Welcome back! Good luck on your all resolutions!
    This cake is lovely and especially good with a cup of warm tea!

  9. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 09:24:05

    I’m thrilled to see you posting again. I just checked your blog last week in hopes that you were back πŸ™‚ Dorie’s cake is a great way to celebrate your return!

  10. Denise @There's a Newf in My Soup!
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 09:46:58

    I’m also trying to get back into blogging more regularly! Welcome back πŸ˜‰

  11. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 10:57:25

    Glad you’re back:). Your cake look delicious.

  12. The Foodie Affair
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 11:06:02

    Welcome back and thanks for sharing this delicious cake. I love the flavor of brown butter in baked foods!

  13. Leah
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 13:10:34

    Your photo is gorgeous! I relate to the room temperature butter annoyance. Room temperature eggs are the same way!

  14. Zosia
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 14:35:44

    I think this cake would be fantastic with a berry compote. Glad it was a hit for you.

  15. Beth
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 15:43:11

    Welcome back! Sorry the cake was dry, but it looks amazing. It would be great served with fruit.

  16. Margaret
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 17:16:37

    I’m so with you on the waiting for room temperature butter thing! Who has time for that? And your cake looks great!

  17. Betty
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 18:17:18

    Beautiful cake! Looks like the perfect treat to go along with a cup of tea. πŸ™‚

  18. I Wilkerson
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 18:40:18

    Welcome back! Cake looks good–in my mind there isn’t any such thing as too “vanilla-y” Good luck with your resolutions. I must get me one of the Dorie books one of these days.

  19. Bam's Kitchen
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 19:28:05

    So happy to see you back! Good luck with your resolutions and especially learning Tagalog. Do you listen to it on your way to work?

  20. isthisakeeper
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 20:24:47

    Welcome back…you picked a good recipe to return easy!

  21. Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 20:37:41

    I love folks who can stick to things. Or at least try! This looks great. Keep up the good work!

  22. Chaya
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 20:43:45

    Glad to have you back. This cake is my husband’s type. I have the book. I think, I have to make it for him.

  23. sara
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 21:16:37

    Glad to see you are back! This recipe looks awesome. I also did a Dorie recipe today, the marble cake from her new Baking Chez Moi (selected because we were snowed in and happened to have all the ingredients on hand!) πŸ™‚

  24. Zoe (@bake4happykids)
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 22:55:26

    This combination sounds very lovely. I like all cakes that are made with brown butter πŸ˜€

  25. Choc Chip Uru
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 23:05:30

    I’m glad to see you back, you have been missed! Love the cake flavour, brown butter is the best πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  26. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 23:06:57

    It doesn’t LOOK dry!! I want to replace my mattress with it too πŸ™‚

  27. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 00:12:17

    I also don’t like waiting for the butter to get soft, but never think to brown it! Great idea πŸ™‚

  28. Elaine @ foodbod
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 01:13:28

    Welcome back, I hope you’re well and happy xx

  29. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 04:55:40

    YAY – welcome back! Great to have you baking along with us!

  30. My Kitchen Stories
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 05:33:35

    Looks like a promising cake but dry doesnt sound good. Your back!

  31. atasteofmadess
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 06:57:19

    Welcome back! This looks so good!

  32. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:23:28

    welcome back! this cake is great with a berry sauce, btw.

  33. Monica
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:30:13

    Hi there – good to see a post of yours! I made this cake of Dorie’s recently!! I made it in a round, sliced it in half and slathered some chestnut cream in the center. We really enjoyed it…I liked the almost chewy texture to it.

  34. jora
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:10:28

    Welcome back! I’m with you. I thought the biggest selling point of this cake was that it didn’t require room temperature butter.

  35. Anita Menon
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:27:25

    So good to have you back. The cake looks so yummy

  36. squishymonster
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:44:04

    I hope to focus more on fish too. Great resolutions…this cake looks simply divine!

  37. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 21:54:16

    yeah!!!!! so glad to see you back. Puts a smile on my face! yeah! That bread looks amazing. I am a sucker for browned butter

  38. hotlyspiced
    Jan 29, 2015 @ 01:03:20

    Welcome back! I do hope your new job is working out well. I don’t mind a cake that has strong vanilla flavours xx

  39. Cakelaw
    Jan 29, 2015 @ 02:26:19

    Welcome back. Good luck with your new year’s resolutions. Your cake looks great.

  40. Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    Jan 29, 2015 @ 11:19:03

    Welcome Back!!!
    And what a spectacular flavor combo of brown butter and vanilla bean! Though I must say I don’t think it should only be reserved for the weekends πŸ˜‰

  41. Fae's Twist & Tango
    Jan 29, 2015 @ 12:11:10

    Welcome back! Be healthy, happy, in love with life and blog! πŸ˜€ )))

  42. tracy
    Jan 29, 2015 @ 20:00:12

    This look so good! I have definitely been in a baking mood lately.

  43. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 22:43:56

    Good looking cake! and welcome back! I get impatient too when it comes to butter. I have found that if I cube it up, it comes to room temp a lot quicker.

  44. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 23:13:06

    Happy New Year! Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean cake can only be good. If dry, pour a little milk on your slice. Sounds weird but is good. Yours looks perfect regardless.

  45. Raymund
    Feb 02, 2015 @ 13:06:32

    I would love that as it is but if you said its dry I guess a berry compote or berry infused cream would amp it up.

  46. goldenlifephx
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 08:18:44

    Your resolutions are impressive! I can barely keep up with the baking. Whenever anything is devoured in a few bites I feel as though I have a winner on my hands.

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