Recipe for Burnt Sugar Cake With Burnt Sugar Frosting


    Burnt Sugar Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting

    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

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees 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 tablespoons 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.

    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

    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.

    Enough for a 9-inch two layer cake.