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Print This Delicious and Healthy Burnt Sugar Cake Recipe

Burnt Sugar Cake

A family recipe.
Browning the sugar in the skillet gives this Burnt Sugar Cake its famous caramelized flavor. Soft textured vanilla cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting.

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup hot water

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk

Burnt Sugar Frosting

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup hot water
1 stick butter
3/4 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
2 cups sugar

Oven Temp ~ 350°
Baking Time ~
Pan Type ~ two 9 inch layered cake pans
Preheat oven and grease your pans.

Caramelize 3/4 cup sugar by browning it slowly in a heavy skillet. Add hot water slowly, stirring until clear. Cool burnt sugar.
Cream 1 1/2 cups sugar and the shortening. Add in the eggs, stirring well after each egg addition.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to sugar mixture alternating with vanilla and milk. Add the caramelized sugar mixture. Pour into prepared pans and bake until sugar cake tests done by inserting a toothpick into the center of cake.

Burnt Sugar Frosting:

Caramelize 3/4 cup sugar, add hot water. Add butter, milk, vanilla and 2 cups sugar. Cook over medium heat until soft ball stage is reached. Remove from heat. Beat burnt sugar frosting until dull, quickly frost Burnt Sugar Cake.

Serves 12
Nutrition facts:
Serving Size 196 g
Calories 597
Calories from Fat 164
Total Fat 18.2g 28%
Saturated Fat 8.3g 41%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 105.6g 35%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 85.3g
Protein 5.3g
Vitamin A 6% • Vitamin C 0% • Calcium 7% • Iron 8%

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When Baking with Butter:

Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68° to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool” butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a bowl for 5 minutes before beating.

When Mixing Cake Batter:

You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter, but you can over beat the flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the batter is completely smooth.

Cake Flour:

Cake flour is milled from soft wheat that has a lower gluten content and higher starch content than all-purpose flour. It helps to ensure a fluffy texture in cakes and pastries. A substitute for cake flour is to use all-purpose flour, but reduce the amount by 2 tablespoons per cup.

Green Food:

The food choices that we make every day have a profound effect on the environment. From farm to spoon, growing our food, processing it and transporting it all use tremendous amounts of energy, water and chemicals. By making just a few small changes in our eating and buying habits, we can greatly reduce this impact. When we eat green, we help the environment by reducing global warming pollution and help ourselves by eating fresh and healthy food. Eat local from farmers in your own neighborhood!