Burnt Sugar Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting

Syrup Ingredients:
  • 3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
Cake Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 3 Tbsp burnt-sugar syrup

Burnt-Sugar Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp burnt sugar syrup
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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Preheat oven to 375° F.

To make the syrup, in a heavy skillet, heat sugar over low heat, stirring constantly, until it melts and becomes dark brown. Slowly add boiling water. Stir until dissolved and boil to reduce to 3/4 cup.

To make the cake, in a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs and beat well. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the egg mixture, alternately with the water, beating until smooth. Add 3 Tbsp of the burnt-sugar syrup and beat for 5 minutes at medium speed.

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.

Cool 10 minutes in the pans, then turn onto cake racks and cool completely. Frost with 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.

Add vanilla and beat until frosting reaches spreading consistency, about 2 minutes. Frost cooled Burnt-Sugar Cake.

Servings: One 9-inch two layer cake.
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