Donna Hay brown butter pound cake

19 Jul

brown butter pound cake

Brown butter, I have decided, should be included in the government’s food pyramid. At the pointy end – nestled between legumes and fresh vegetables.

It is utterly delicious and life-changing. Who’d athunk that simply cooking butter until dark golden could create such a luscious taste sensation?

Brown butter pound cake  The Hungry Mum

I have cooked several things in the brown butter cannon but all of them have been sweet treats. I need to share this simple trick across the food spectrum – I can imagine serving mushrooms and fresh parsley win brown butter, asparagus drizzled with this golden nectar, and imagine some spuds serving with a soupcon of this liquor – swoon.

A recent issue of my most fav magazine Donna Hay had a brown butter extravaganza , which is where I found the recipe for brown butter pound cake. I am bursting with excitement to try more of these recipes. Stay tuned.

I made a few changes to the Donna Hay recipe – I used Greek yogurt rather than sour cream, and I used significantly less sugar. I didn’t use her brown butter icing recipe either – instead I spread over the salted honey sauce (find that recipe here: I also added a pinch of cinnamon because it is the spice of the (baking) gods.

The Hungry Mum - brown butter pound cake


185 grams unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature

2/3 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup milk

1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt

2 1.4 cups plain flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

The Hungry Mum. Brown butter pound cake


Preheat oven to 160C and grease and line a loaf tin with non-stick baking paper.

Place butter in a small pan over medium heat and stir until melted. Keeping a close on it butter, continue cooking and stirring until it becomes dark golden – this should take around 4 minutes. It will also develop a strong, mouth-watering scent and will begin to foam. At this point turn off heat and remove immediately. Cool at room temperature for around 20 minutes.

In bowl of electric mixer beat the cooled brown butter and sugar for five minutes – it should be quite pale.

Scrape down sides with spatula, add eggs one at a time and beat until combined.

Add vanilla and yogurt, ensuring it is well-combined – scrape down sides again.

Turn mixer off then fold in flour and baking powder and milk and beat until just mixed in.

Scrape into loaf pan and cook for around 60 minutes – check with a skewer, you may need a bit longer.

Cool in tin for ten minutes before removing cake from tin and cooling completely on wire rack.

When cake is cold dust with icing sugar or top with the salted honey sauce.

Brown butter pound cake. The Hungry Mum


46 Responses to “Donna Hay brown butter pound cake”

  1. trishlee75 July 19, 2015 at 2:18 am #

    This looks so decadent! Thanks for sharing!

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2015 at 7:50 am #

      Cheers Trish – I can’t wait to make it again, it was lovely.

  2. nancyc July 19, 2015 at 2:34 am #

    This pound cake sounds so good with that salted honey sauce!

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2015 at 5:38 am #

      Thanks – it is such a keeper of a recipe.

  3. Bam's Kitchen July 19, 2015 at 3:23 am #

    You are making me seriously hungry! Loving that slated honey sauce!

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2015 at 5:37 am #

      ooops, sorry! The sauce is soooo good 😉

  4. youthfoodblog July 19, 2015 at 4:19 am #

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

  5. Rae July 19, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    You can’t go wrong with a good pound cake! Love the use of salted honey! 😊

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

      I heart pound cakes! This sauce gives it a modern spin.

  6. Emma July 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    I’d love a piece of this right now with my tea! That icing looks amazing.

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

      You need to make this Emma – it is perfect with a cuppa for afternoon tea.

  7. Anita Kushwaha July 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Wow, I would love a slice of this with a cup of tea. 🙂

  8. Angela | The Chewy Life July 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    😱😱😱looks soooo good 😋😋😋

  9. nagimaehashi July 19, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

    So…I have to be honest. Donna Hay is not my favorite for recipes, though I do love her photography and I get ideas from her. But 80% of the recipes I have tried didn’t work or were missing something. But this…this looks like a hit! I will try it!

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

      Oh no! That’s a shame – she is my guru! I have had similar experiences with Martha Stewart where recipes just failed despite me following them to the letter. Trust me, this is good – plus I tweaked Donna’s recipe a bit 😉

  10. Gather and Graze July 20, 2015 at 12:04 am #

    Looks fabulous HM! I made the Honey Cake yesterday to share with friends for afternoon tea, but this certainly looks like it’s well worth a try too!

    • thehungrymum July 21, 2015 at 6:21 am #

      Did you love the honey cake? Taste-wise I think it is a dead-heat between those two numbers 😉

      • Gather and Graze July 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

        The Honey Cake is absolutely adored by my family, so will be hard to beat!

  11. KCole's Creative Corner July 20, 2015 at 2:24 am #

    That salted honey icing looks soooooo delicious! And I LOVE the idea of browning butter, it gives the cake such a nice, deep buttery flavor! I really need a slice of this in my life right now 😉 ! Have a fantastic day!

    • thehungrymum July 20, 2015 at 2:29 am #

      Thanks so much! Browning butter is such a simple step that punches way above its weight in terms of flavour.

  12. quilt32 July 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Oh, you’ve got me again. Pinning this to try very soon.

  13. Jem @ Lost in Utensils July 21, 2015 at 6:17 am #

    God that looks good! Would be perfect with my cup of tea right about now. I often bake with greek yoghurt as well 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 21, 2015 at 6:20 am #

      Ta! How good is Greek yogurt? Love that zing!

  14. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 22, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Browned butter is the best isn’t it! I agree it should be on everything! 😀

  15. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) July 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I can see me making this to send the boys off to work with.

    • thehungrymum July 22, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

      The boys would be very happy to have this in their lunchboxes 😉

  16. kitchenriffs July 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Brown butter is wonderful, isn’t it? Love it in this pound cake — such a good idea. This is terrific — thanks so much.

  17. hotlyspiced July 23, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    I do like how you substituted the sour cream for yoghurt. And I do love the flavour the brown butter would give this cake. The drizzled sauce looks beautiful and this looks perfect for afternoon tea xx

    • thehungrymum July 23, 2015 at 4:54 am #

      Why thank you ma’am. Am a big swapper when it comes to sour cream #NotAFan. This is a beauty of a cake for an afternoon or morning tea.

  18. Emanuele @ guyslovecooking July 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Let’s write a petition and let’s get it included. I agree!!!! 🙂

  19. Jess @ July 24, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    This pound cake looks divine! Brown butter really is amazing!

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 5:53 am #

      I think if everyone had a little pot of brown butter in the kitchen to use as they wish the world would be a happier place 😉 #worldPeace #MakeBrownedButterNotWar

  20. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl July 24, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    How do I not have this for breakfast and eat 4 slices? Or maybe I should because it’d be a great way to start the day!

    • thehungrymum July 25, 2015 at 5:51 am #

      A perfect breakfast food! Do it – think of all that energy you’d have 🙂

  21. thesnowwoman July 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Looks delicious!

  22. Atika July 27, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    How can I never heard about salted honey sauce before. This look and sounds amazing, I should try to make it soon.

    • thehungrymum August 9, 2015 at 9:33 am #

      I know, right?! It is a thing of beauty and you won’t regret having it in your fridge 🙂

  23. moniquetheurbanmum July 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    This recipe has my name written all over it. Butter anything goes to the top of my chart, making it brown elevates it a few more notches. Hoping the kids will love it just as much so I don’t consume the lot. PS I think you have done all our waistlines a favour by adding cinnamon, doesn’t it have a reverse effect on sugar… Or something along those lines! Lol. Xxx.

    • thehungrymum July 30, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

      Oh, absolutely! Cinnamon negates all calories instantly! Hurrah for cinnamon 😉


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