The Easiest Cake You'll Make All Year: Brown Butter Waffle Cake with Sorghum Buttercream

September 30, 2013

Beth Kirby of Local Milk carries her Southern heritage -- and the ingredients, dishes, and recipes that come with it -- with her wherever she goes. Every other Monday, that place is here. 

Today: A cake to end all cakes -- with no baking required.

Waffle Cake from Food52

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Why aren't there more waffle cakes? 

In this Pinterest age of crafty moms and food bloggers galore, you’d think there’d be way more, right? I'm hoping to get a waffle cake fever going. Because this cake, made with brown butter, buttermilk, and maple waffles, is incredible. It's a stunning dessert, or a breakfast of champions, or your next weekend project. Do what you want with it. 

Because I was out of maple syrup when I went to make my Swiss buttercream -- I've always found American buttercream to be underwhelming -- I called on sorghum, because I have somewhat of a fetish for Southern ingredients. And then I thanked the lord I was out of maple syrup. 

Waffle Cake from Food52

More: What's your stance on buttercream? Throw your two cents into the great buttercream debate.

The simplicity, ease, and versatility of this impressive-looking cake make it a keeper full of endless possibilities. Whip it up in no time, top it with whatever fruit is seasonal near you, and cut yourself a big slice. 

Brown Butter Waffle Cake + Sorghum Meringue Buttercream

Makes one 8-inch cake

For the Waffle Cake 

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/3 cups cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2/3 cups light brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
12 tablespoons brown butter, cooled to room temperature
1/2 cup real maple syrup
2 cups buttermilk

For the Sorghum Meringue Buttercream

2 large egg whites, room temperature
Scant 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cups sorghum syrup
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Beth Kirby 

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    Kenzi Wilbur
A Southern writer with a cast iron skillet & a camera. Freelance food writer & photographer. Blogs at Localmilkblog.com


Emily October 1, 2013
This looks great! What a unique twist on the Waffle and Chicken Craze and cake-baking! Can't wait to try it.

mcs3000 October 1, 2013
Wha! Off the hook, a-mazing.
AntoniaJames September 30, 2013
Mr. T, my very Southern husband (you know, the kind that heads directly from the airport to the nearest Waffle House whenever he lands in a state south of the Mason-Dixon line) is going to love this. I think I'll surprise him on his birthday with this. I'll have to cover every layer with toasted pecans (best if from Georgia), which are mandatory in this household. Thanks for another great recipe! ;o
Kenzi W. October 1, 2013
He's lucky! I'd also like for someone to surprise me with this on my birthday. (Is anyone listening?)