Burnt Sugar Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting

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  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup boiling water


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons burnt-sugar syrup

Burnt-Sugar Frosting

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons burnt sugar syrup
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Syrup: In a heavy skillet, heat sugar over low heat, stirring constantly, until it melts and becomes dark brown.
  3. Slowly add boiling water. Stir until dissolved and boil to reduce to 3/4 cup.
  4. Cake: In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  5. Add vanilla extract and eggs and beat well.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add dry ingredients to the egg mixture, alternately with the water, beating until smooth.
  8. Add 3 tablespoons of the burnt-sugar syrup and beat for 5 minutes at medium speed.
  9. Pour into two 9-inch greased and wax paper-lined pans and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans, then turn onto cake racks and cool completely.
  11. Frost with Burnt-Sugar Frosting.
  12. Burnt-Sugar Frosting: Combine egg whites, brown sugar, water, sugar syrup and salt and beat one minute to blend. Pour into the top of a double boiler and cook, beating constantly, until frosting forms stiff peaks, about 7 minutes. Don't over-cook. Remove the top of the double boiler to cool the surface.
  13. Add vanilla extract and beat until frosting reaches spreading consistency, about 2 minutes.
  14. Frost cooled Burnt-Sugar Cake.

Enough frosting for a 9-inch two layer cake.

Posted by Cookin'Mom at Recipe Goldmine 11/1/2001 10:20 pm.

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