After a second try using a loaf pan and an addition of brown butter vanilla bean glaze, this simple brown butter vanilla bean weekend cake turned out to be a keeper recipe, just the way I imagined it would be. The first time I tried this recipe it was a colossal disappointment and I’m guessing the thick luscious fragrant cake batter did not like my cute new Bundt pan which may have been the cause of it turning out slightly dry and too sturdy, not good qualities in a weekend cake.
So, was my baking experience this week from Baking Chez Moi for Tuesdays with Dorie an episode of woman versus cake?… kind of. After baking the first weekend cake in a Bundt pan and waiting a few days before cutting off a slice to taste, as advised to develop the flavors, I was not impressed with my results. My first thought was, forget it-I’m not baking this one again, but then I remembered how good the brown butter vanilla bean infused batter looked and smelled- so tempting. And that I also have the benefit of baking through a wonderful collection of recipes from Baking Chez Moi with a group of dedicated bakers, the gang from Tuesdays with Dorie and that many of these bakers loved this recipe…Please check out their results here. So, I decided to make it again, this time in a loaf pan and with a glaze. I just felt like it needed something sweet on it or with it, like ice cream, a sauce or a glaze. So glaze it was, I stirred brown butter, vanilla bean paste, cream and rum into powdered sugar and after a short time of whisking I had a pretty tasty glaze which I spread over the slightly warm cake. Yum, it was good and finally I-the woman- had in the end won this round with cake.