Brown sugar sponge cake

    1 hour 50 min

    Once you make this buttery cake, it will become a firm favourite. A brown sugar flavoured sponge cake is decorated with a dark brown sugar icing. You can also use this recipe to make cupcakes.

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    Makes: 1 26cm tube cake

    • 110g butter, softened
    • 450g dark brown soft sugar
    • 5 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons maple flavour extract
    • 250ml evaporated milk
    • 375g plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 50g butter
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 190g sifted icing sugar
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr20min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour a 26cm tube cake tin. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together 110g butter and 450g dark brown soft sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the maple flavour extract. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the evaporated milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared tin.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 70 to 80 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
    4. Meanwhile, make the icing. In a medium saucepan, combine 50g butter, 110g dark brown soft sugar, icing sugar, milk and vanilla. Cook over low heat, beating until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Use to decorate the cake.

    Maple flavour extract

    Can be purchased online.

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    I was disappointed with this recipe for several reasons. I followed directions exactly, making no changes but it still came out rather dry and tough. The strange thing is, I baked it for exactly 70 minutes, checked it for doneness, and then when I sliced into it, you could see that it was slighty undercooked. Usually, that would make for a moister cake...but not this time. The frosting/glaze was great, though (if you like brown-sugar candy, you'd like this!). It did not have the texture I was looking for either.  -  20 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Cake is very good but the frosting is wonderful!!!!! It like candy and my kids love it. I will use it for other cakes also. Thanks.  -  27 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    While this is a pretty cake, and while the frosting is wonderful, the cake itself is dry, dry, dry. 'Nuff said.  -  09 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)