I always get turned off by desserts with more than 4 words in their name. It gets complicated with so much stuff going on. Salted Caramel Brownies. DONE. I can make that. Oreo cheesecake? Yes please. Cherry-Vanilla-Almond Cupcakes. Thank god cupcake is one word, because I can make that.
But bear with me (I just looked up whether it was bare or bear…it’s bear), this is legit. And delicious. And amazing.
I don’t like frosting, but brown butter frosting has got me hooked here.
Fair warning, the corn bread cake is a olive oil cake and a bit “rustic” if you use not super fine cornmeal like I didn’t. I like it, but if you like your corn bread smooth, get a smooth corn meal.
It’s not too hard to make and you’ll wow people because you made something with more than 4 words in the name.
Brown Butter Frosted Rosemary Corn Cake
From adventures in cooking
3 cups flour
0.75 cup cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp salt
2.25 cup sugar
1 cup olive oil
0.33 cup apple cider
1 tbsp vanilla extract
0.25 cup fresh rosemary, chopped (don’t use dry)
1.33 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp honey
Make the frosting first by browning the butter. Basically put the butter in a saute pan over medium heat and let it melt down. In about 5-7 minutes it will caramelize/turn brown. It will start to smell nutty, and caramel-y and delicious. That’s when you know it’s done. Be careful though, it can burn pretty fast, so you want a caramel color, not a black color.
Here’s a useful video for how to brown butter in the microwave, which is a lot less likely to burn.
After it’s done browning, put it in a heatproof container in the fridge and let it cool and harden. While it’s hardening, make the cake!
Preheat the oven to 350, and line/butter/flour 2 9-inch round cake pans. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl. In a cake stand mixer, or by hand, mix together the eggs and sugar until well-blended. Then add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture in thirds, mixing well after each addition. Add in the fresh rosemary and mix by hand to prevent over mixing. Evenly distribute the cake mixture between the 2 cake pans and bake it for 35-40 minutes. When they are done, pull them out to cool. When they’re cool, cut off the top of each cake so that you have an even base on both cakes (it makes it easier to frost).
While the cakes are baking, you can make the frosting. Pull out the cooled and hardened browned butter. Put it into your cake stand mixer (including the brown bits…they’ll add color and be pretty), add in the powdered sugar and honey and mix together in your stand mixer until they are frosting-like.
When the cake is definitely cool (or else the frosting will melt and be a tasty puddle), frost it.