Saturday, November 22, 2008

Butterscotch… my new best friend!

Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake

I’ve developed a new found fondness for butterscotch. I was using some morsels as decorations for some pops (I’ll show you sometime later) when I made the mistake of tasting a few. Before I knew it, the bag was half gone. Seriously, those things are good. So good, that when I wanted to make some brownies for my sister’s birthday, I ditched my old best friend, chocolate and made her some over the top yummy butterscotch brownies. And, since it was her birthday, I decided to make them extra special. So, I made her a Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake.

First, I greased and floured some small 5 inch cake pans. I used this recipe for the brownies from Nestle’s website.

Butterscotch Brownies

Then, after they were cooled, I added some yummy butterscotch ganache (recipe below). Make sure to put some wax paper or foil underneath your cooling rack so you don’t get ganache all over the place. See that little bit starting to ooze down the side.

Butterscotch Ganache

In a minute it will look like this. Yes, my countertop was covered with ooey gooey goodness.

Butterscotch Ganache

Now, I really didn’t want to hurt my other best friend’s feelings, so I added some chocolate ganache and sprinkled on extra chopped pecans. For the top layer, I just used the chocolate ganache and when it was almost set up, added some butterscotch morsels for decoration. I thought about spelling her name out with them, but I already used her initials on last year’s birthday cake. So these were just placed randomly on top.

Butterscotch Brownie Birthday Cake

Here’s the birthday girl. It looked so good, she couldn’t wait for a fork. She may be getting older, but she’s definitely still a kid at heart.

For my sister

Now, you’re probably feeling bad for me because she got the butterscotch birthday cake all to herself.

Well, don’t.

I made a third layer… in a 6 inch cake pan. (Shhhhhhhh… don’t tell her.) Hey, I had to have some to try myself, you know. I topped this layer with lots of chocolate and butterscotch ganache, chopped pecans and extra butterscotch morsels… heavenly!


Here’s a peak at the inside.

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Ganache

6 oz. butterscotch morsels
6 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • In a small saucepan, heat cream and butter until just before the boiling stage.
  • Pour over the butterscotch morsels.
  • Let stand about 20 seconds and stir until smooth.
  • Pour over brownies.

For chocolate ganache, just replace butterscotch morsels for semi-sweet chocolate morsels.

And again, here’s Butterscotch Brownie Recipe I used.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Jaime said...

Oh… my… god. Flickr led me here and I swear I’ve found heaven on-line. I’ll be back again and again, thanks for posting such yummy looking recipes!

November 30, 2008 12:03 AM
tervar said...

I made these! well, on a regular 9×12 pan then I cut them into tiny squares and put them on cupcake cups. Ganache was delicious, hubby and i couldn’t stop licking it off the wax paper! Day after brownies weren’t as good, i think they needed to be warmed up a bit just to get the ganache gooey again. Everyone loved them at Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for the recipe. Cupcake pops are next! wish me luck.

November 30, 2008 05:16 PM
KeL said...

Ok! You gotta stop giving us such good recipes…You gonna make us all fat! I just did this brownie, and Im sure my hubby will eat all by tomorrow! He is a sweet crazy!
Thanks like always

November 30, 2008 08:10 PM
Bakerella said...

Stephanie – Hope you like it

Cheryl Wray – Hope they were a hit

Sue – Well, I hope you do.

Aurélie – it’s perfect.

Anonymous – coming soon.

Latifa – this one came out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Even makes me hungry.


Jess – it might be.

Heather – glad you two stumbled in.

MarcyG. – YAY – That’s great! I couldn’t decide, so that’s why I added both.

Jaime – welcome all the way from flickr.

tervar – glad they were a hit. I almost always heat my brownies the next day. Even the ones without ganache. YUMMY and warm.

KeL – I can’t stop. Hope your hubby loves it.

December 1, 2008 12:00 AM
Anonymous said...

I made this for one of our Thanksgiving desserts after craving it for a week. Yummy!

December 1, 2008 12:02 AM
Suzie said...

It is as good as it looks. We made these to take for Thanksgiving and left them in the 9×13 pan and poured the ganache on top…the were heavenly. Thanks for all you do!

December 1, 2008 03:09 AM
cakes_are_fun said...

Oh my freaking goodness, I missed this cause we were travelin for Thanksgiving, WOW oh WOW, I have to try this one!

December 1, 2008 03:11 AM
Bakerella said...

Anonymous – YAY

Suzie – glad you loved it.

cakes_are_fun – it’s worth it.

December 1, 2008 04:11 AM
Donna Baker said...

That cake looked killer. I love dense cakes and butterscotch and icing and ganache. What else is there really?

December 1, 2008 05:03 AM
Bakerella said...

nothing really

December 2, 2008 03:11 AM
Megan said...

I made this for a Thanksgiving treat and it went fast! I am now craving butterscotch!!

December 3, 2008 06:59 PM
Bakerella said...

I made another butterscoth dessert for Thanksgiving. I think I’m addicted.

December 5, 2008 05:53 AM
Tiffany said...

I am SOO hungry now! That recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

December 15, 2008 10:27 PM
Bakerella said...

Tiffany – you’re welcome.

December 16, 2008 01:38 AM
Jaime said...

Wow! i just want to lick that up!

December 21, 2008 01:58 AM
lisaumar said...

hi.. the photos are great. love it!!
i love your site too. Good job!!
just wondering.. how come your cupcakes came out with a nicely rounded top. most the cupcakes that i did.. didn’t come out as nicely as you photos :(

January 1, 2009 05:29 AM
Bakerella said...

lisaumar – Mine don’t alway turn out with rounded tops. But I love it when they do.

You can camouflage flat tops with a well rounded glob of frosting.

January 6, 2009 01:28 AM
Chaya said...

This is such a great idea. I baked something with buterscotch tonight and the taste is sweet and rich. Your recipe sounds even better and certainly looks better.

July 3, 2009 03:58 AM
Christy W. said...

just tried this recipe for a birthday cake and it was amazing! i did a 9 inch pan instead of the 5 inch pan and it still worked out great! i had so much fun getting the ganashe on!

July 29, 2009 02:48 PM
Katherine @ NightOwlChef said...

Wow, I loved these! I fell in love with butterscotch when I made graham butterscotch cookies, and this was a worthy second. Making the butterscotch ganache and an accompanying chocolate sauce is worth the extra work (versus cutting up a brownie by itself, naturally …!)
P.S. The new site is absolutely beautiful – a work of art!

September 25, 2009 09:21 PM
Dalal said...

is the butterscotch brownie a blondie??

October 12, 2009 12:55 PM
katie said...

You are soooooooooo talented

November 9, 2009 02:48 AM
katie said...

you should try some mains

November 9, 2009 02:50 AM
Anonymous said...

heyy do u have any butterscotch recipe from scratch??

November 11, 2009 02:23 PM
Maggie said...

You have no idea how delicious these look to me. seriously no idea.

April 5, 2010 02:38 PM
Maria said...

I saw this one and just HAD to try it! Unfortunately we don’t have butterscotch morsels here in Iceland so I had to compromise a little, but all in all it turned out delish!
Here’s my final result;)

April 10, 2010 04:12 PM
Thursday said...

Hi Angie – I made this recipe today as part of my weekly baking adventures. I blogged about it here:

Holy Hannah – this is a rich one! My version doesn’t look quite a nice as yours, but it tastes SO good. Thank you for the neverending inspiration!

November 7, 2010 10:04 PM
Thursday said...

Oops – that wasn’t the right link, this one is:

November 7, 2010 10:05 PM
sana said...

Hi.i like butterscotch flavour but i cant find morsels.what can i use instead of morsels.Thanks

December 8, 2010 06:41 AM
Annie said...

Help! When I made this, I divided the batter into two 6 inch pans and cooked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, but they ended up burnt at the top and raw on the inside. For next time, what should I adjust the oven temperature to?

December 8, 2010 09:20 PM
Samantha said...

I cant wait to make this this week!

March 20, 2011 02:09 PM
29999 said...

Juste délicieux ! Bisous !

March 27, 2011 07:33 AM
Sarah said...

It looks so yummy yummy!!!!

April 6, 2011 10:31 AM
amberloo said...

I made this butterscotch ganache and poured it over butterscotch pudding cake. So good,so sweet,so good.

April 17, 2011 07:29 PM
Anonymous said...

Omg! this looks divine! I can’t wait to try it. But I want to make this into a regular layer cake for my dad’s birthday..I was wondering if the recipe amounts would work for 2 9inch cake pans? and if not how much should increase everything by including the icing.

May 11, 2011 02:37 AM
shorty said...

i have all those ingedients ! i will try to make that ! sounds good!!!!!!!!!!! lol

June 26, 2011 04:36 PM
alex said...

OMG yum!

July 11, 2011 11:04 PM
Ashley said...

omg I will have to try this, sounds so yummy! Thinking add a little coconut flakes on there as well. :)

March 1, 2012 11:17 AM
Kaylees Bridal said...

The couple, who had their “first look” before the ceremony said, after all, that it would have been exactly the right decision.

September 7, 2012 02:34 AM
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