Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is the "icing" for the birthday spice cake from my childhood. It's the only reason I still admit to having a birthday. To get this cake/ icing combo out of my dad.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix first four (4) ingredients and place on stove to boil. DO NOT STIR after it begins to boil.
  2. Time for 4 minutes after the first bubbles break the surface. Immediately take it off the stove, and add the vanilla, butter and rum flavour (if using).
  3. Pour it out onto a cooled spice cake. Allow to harden for as long as you can.
  4. Eat it all before someone else does.
  5. Call me if you can't finish it.
  6. *Also note you can hit this with a smidge of cinnamon, or nutmeg or cloves if you like, but I find the rum flavour makes the best combo with the cake.
Most Helpful

I made this to go with your Birthday Spice Cake. and it was a lovely complement. It was quite quick to make and I loved the very specific instructions about how to cook it. Thanks for sharing. Made for Spring PAC 2014.

GibbyLou April 21, 2014

When me and my sister were kids, mom would ask "what kind of birthday cake do you want"? The response was alway "caramel"! I have not had one of these in years, but I can tell you, for me somehow it beats chocolate at times....and that takes some doing! Thanks for posting one of my childhood favorites.

DEEP March 11, 2011

The frosting turned out to be more like a glaze - it wasn't frosting thick but was yummy according to all my coworkers.
Let me know if it should have gotten thicker.
I also saved a bit of the thick glaze and poured it on vanillla ice cream and added walnuts - it was heavenly!

thejonesgal March 10, 2011