37 responses

  1. Elaine
    January 24, 2013

    Oh, that frosting looks crazy-good. And perfect for wintry cake flavors. Do you think swapping some of the brown sugar for maple syrup (to amp up the awesome even more) would work here?

  2. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie)
    January 24, 2013

    I haven’t made a money cake in eons! Thanks for bringing it back to mind.

  3. Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies
    January 24, 2013

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ve never heard of money cake…interesting! Browned butter in the frosting sounds divine!

  4. Jan @ Family Bites
    January 24, 2013

    Fantastic! I made one for the boys last year and they loved it. I’m glad everything old is new again!

  5. nancy
    January 25, 2013

    I have never met anyone else who puts money in their cake…..how great to see it in yours!!! My Mom (92 years old now) always put money in our cakes…..I have continued the tradition…..icing looks amazing!!!

  6. Renee
    January 25, 2013

    My mom made the best money cakes when we were kids and if I didn’t get the quarter there were sure to be tears. Mine was usually chocolate, covered with chocolate icing and smarties. Maybe I’ll get her to make me one for my 40th coming up quick, subbing the smarties for a little browned butter action :)

  7. Patty
    January 26, 2013

    My family always had money cakes too! My problem was I always wanted a second piece so I’d get more money. My daughter made one this year, but it was more costly with loonies and toonies. My mom always made spice cake with Penuche (spelling?) icing.

  8. kickpleat
    January 26, 2013

    Wowzers!! That frosting looks amazingly fluffy and delicious. Making!!

  9. Karen
    January 26, 2013

    When I worked at a remote hotel, the staff cook made us a money cake for dessert one day. I haven’t thought/laughed about that for years. :)

  10. Laura
    January 28, 2013

    You had me at browned butter. Or maybe brown sugar. Certainly both!

  11. Soberjulie
    January 28, 2013

    Oh hellooooo there my lovely cake! I haven’t seen a money cake since I was a girl and my Mum baked for me. I’m def going to try this

  12. molly
    January 29, 2013

    saw this yesterday. whipped out the bowls yesterday. and the cake tins. and butter and sugar. made my day. even my I DON’T LIKE ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T HAVE CHOCOLATE PERIOD END OF SENTENCE liked it. loved it.

    thank you, thank you.

  13. Gina
    February 2, 2013

    This cake is amazing! The flavor of the cake itself is so wonderful! I must have done something wrong, because my frosting did not turn out light and fluffy…it’s more thick and fudgy. Did you let the butter and sugar/cream mixture cool before making it? Just wondering what I did wrong. The flavor is great, but the consistency is not like your cake. :)

  14. Jayne
    May 4, 2013

    This cake in oven! Going to make the icing too – any tips so it doesn’t turn out thick and fudge-like (as mentioned above)? I’m having the cake tomorrow…Thanks!

  15. Jayne
    May 4, 2013

    Darn! The cake didn’t really rise very much…followed recipe exactly???

    • Julie
      May 4, 2013

      Hmmm.. could your baking powder be inactive? We’ve been making this cake for years!

  16. Jayne
    May 6, 2013

    I made a white cake 2 weeks ago with the same baking powder and it turned out great…the cake did rise some, I think I was just expecting it to rise a bit more. That said, it tasted great and was not dry at all :). The frosting was more fudge-like than it seems in your pictures but still very tasty! What’s not to like about fudge!

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  19. Jessica
    June 24, 2013

    I just made this cake and icing for fathers day for my dad. The cake turned out great, but I had the same issue with the icing at the beginning. It was thick and fudge like, I was a bit frustrated with it, but I decided to try letting it cool completely and then whipping it again and it worked! So I think its best if you let the mixture cool before whipping! Hope that helps!

  20. Candice
    July 30, 2013

    Hi, I’m wanting to make this icing…. but what is “half and half” ?????? I see the method says cream and thats not in the ingrediants list, so is that what it is?
    Thank you :)

  21. Julie
    July 31, 2013

    Candice – yes, half & half is light cream – the stuff you put in coffee!

  22. lingting
    August 22, 2013

    Made the cake and frosting yesterday, topped it off with some honey roasted pecan praline and it was AMAZING. thanks so much for the lovely recipe x

  23. Reenie B. – Toronto, Canada
    October 19, 2013

    I definitely remember my Mom baking a money cake for my birthday as a child. This recipe was really easy and the cake was fantastic. I did have to add a little more icing and cream to the frosting as it wasn’t quite enough to cover the whole cake generously. The frosting whipped up nice and fluffy and the cake was incredible! Thanks for a great recipe!

  24. Ruth
    February 8, 2014

    My Grandmother always put money in the Christmas pudding … all sorts of coins wrapped in wax paper and dropped into the batter. Sometimes in birthday cakes too. Thanks for bringing back this memory.
    The cake, esp the icing, looks great. I just finished creaming butter and sugar, when I realized I was out of eggs, so I’ll have to finish cake making in the morning.

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  30. Kathleen Walshaw
    October 19, 2014

    This is great and just so you know I am using this on a bundt cake however it is put together to look like a pumpkin for my daughter’s birthday. Thanks for the recipe can’t wait to make this!!

  31. Nanci
    November 10, 2014

    This frosting is divine- so creamy and delicious!. I increased the recipe and added two sticks of butter, 1 cup more icing sugar, and 1/2 tsp double strength vanilla. The browned butter adds an unbelievably good taste- thanks for sharing!

    • Julie
      November 12, 2014

      So glad you liked it Nanci!

  32. Fawn
    March 19, 2015

    I’ve never heard of a “money cake!” I’m so glad I clicked on this recipe! I’ll making this cake (sans money) on Saturday for a birthday. I’ll be using the “money cake” idea in May when niece turns one. This “money cake” tradition works well here in Canada since our $1 and $2 are coins.

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