Burnt sugar cake

    1 hour

    This recipe came from my gran and dates from 1938. The caramelised sugar is what gives this cake flavour, and it is so easy to make yet so different. This works well as a birthday cake, iced with buttercream icing.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 350g caster sugar
    • 75ml hot water
    • 375g sifted cake flour
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 175g butter
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 150ml milk

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Prepare burnt sugar by placing 1/2 of the caster sugar into a heavy frying pan over medium high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon as sugar melts. When it becomes very dark brown, remove from heat, add hot water very slowly and stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line two 23cm round cake tins with baking parchment.
    3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together three times.
    4. Cream the butter with the remaining caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating thoroughly after each. Stir in the vanilla and the burnt sugar syrup mixture.
    5. Add the dry ingredients and milk alternately to the creamed mixture. Beat until smooth. Pour cake mixture into the prepared tins.
    6. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 25 to 30 minutes.

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    good recipe.. my family has greatly appreciated it  -  25 Jul 2012


    I have been looking for this recipe for years. My grandmother use to make this cake. It was my favorite. My grandmother would not measure anything. I don't know how she did it, but the burnt sugar cake always came out perfect everytime. Thank you.  -  23 May 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Regarding Hollybells frosting request; A caramel or sometimes called burnt sugar frosting is what I have always used on this and spice cakes. Caramel Frosting V by Carol from this site looks like a possible good choice.  -  05 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)