Pound Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Pound Cake with Brown Butter Glaze Recipe
Photo: Oxmoor House
Heart-healthy canola oil replaces a good bit of the butter traditionally used to make this dessert. Soaking a vanilla bean in the oil adds deep, rich flavor; you'll never miss the butter.



Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)
Total time: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 294
Fat 12.6 g
Satfat 4.7 g
Monofat 5.3 g
Polyfat 1.9 g
Protein 3.2 g
Carbohydrate 42.8 g
Fiber 0.4 g
Cholesterol 44 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Sodium 149 mg
Calcium 60 mg


6 tablespoons canola oil
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
12 ounces cake flour (about 3 cups)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
Baking spray with flour
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To prepare cake, combine oil and vanilla bean in a small skillet over medium-high heat, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes or until mixture cools to room temperature. Scrape seeds from bean, and stir into oil; discard bean.

3. Combine oil mixture, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

4. Spoon batter into a 10-inch tube pan coated with baking spray, and spread evenly. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pan.

5. To prepare glaze, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from heat. Add next 3 ingredients (through vanilla), stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm cake.


Sidney Fry, MS, RD,

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Oxmoor House

October 2013
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