Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This was a cake Mom made when I was a child. She didn't make it very often, but when she did...oh la la!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Burnt Sugar: Melt 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy pan over low heat stirring constantly until dark brown.
  2. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and cook until mixture looks like molasses.
  3. Cake: Sift flour, measure, add salt and baking powder and sift together.
  4. In a separate bowl, cream shortening.
  5. Add sugar gradually and cream well.
  6. Add eggs one at a time to creamed mixture, beating thoroughly after each addition.
  7. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk.
  8. Add burnt sugar and vanilla.
  9. Bake in two greased and floured 8-inch round layer cake pans in a moderate oven (350 deg F); 30-35 minutes.
  10. Cool and frost with broiled frosting colored with burnt sugar.
Most Helpful

Everyone loved it! I made frosting the usual way, but added the leftover burnt sugar Syrup and it was delicious!

kelly in TO May 11, 2008

This is a great recipe! I made it in 2 9" pans, baked for 30 minutes .. We loved this!! thanks

najwa December 10, 2003

Cindy Lynn, whatta fluke I clicked on your name! I chose it b'cause thats my sis-inlaws name and Lo' and behold had a recipe my grandmother used to make in WVA! The burnt sugar cake! I remember it well! I will definately give it a try soon........maybe for my sisters birthday! It will be a sweet memory for her, I'm the broiled frosting you mentioned the same as Seafoam frosting? A cooked frosting with a marshmallowy texture?That's what Gram used on hers........When I make it I will let you know how it turned out! Thanx for the memories that were brought to mind just seeing that recipe!

JacquelineRose September 12, 2002