Every once in a while I make something that my family and I really like and we will have it 2 or 3 times in 1 week. I am not one to eat the same thing more than once in a week (yes, I know thats odd) so this is rare. I would like to tell you this was a healthy soup or grilled chicken. Alas, it is one of my favorite desserts of all time, Butterscotch Cake.
I made this last Mother’s day and I ran out before everyone had been served. I ended up making 2 more batches. That should tell you how good and more importantly how easy this is.
This isn’t a pretty cake but man is it good. It is equal parts cake and pudding. The 2 seem to separate when baked. I know the teacher I work for has a soft spot for butterscotch cake so I made this for her birthday. It is best to eat it fresh from the oven maybe with a little scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or a dollop of fresh whipped cream. I like mine straight up and steaming.
I use an 8×10 metal Wilton pan or 8×8 glass pan. Make sure to butter the pan so the cake doesn’t stick. You will serve it out of this pan, too. This is so easy to make and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand. Great if you have last minute guests coming or if you are craving something sweet. I do not exaggerate when I say I make this at least once a week. I don’t know who loves it more, me or Matt
4 tb (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 C all purpose flour
just under 1 C light brown sugar, packed
2tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C WHOLE milk…believe it or not this makes a difference in the finished cake
2 tsp pure vanilla. I use 2 1/2
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 C boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 and place rack in the middle. Prepare the pan as I previously mentioned. Melt the butter in the microwave and set the water to boil or use the microwave as well.
Stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, melted butter and vanilla. Stir just until combined and transfer to the pan.
Set the pan in the oven and then carefully pour the boiling water over the cake. Yes, this sounds strange but it works, just wait
Bake for 30-35 minutes ,the top should look a little crisp and the bottom should be bubbling. Sometimes it may bubble through the top, that’s OK.
Set aside when done for 5-10 minutes. I like to eat it while still steaming…but be careful.
Add a little cream or not. Either way this will make you happy. It was so easy but don’t tell your company. Let them think you slaved over it