Burnt Sugar Cake (Betty Crocker: Circa 1956)

Recipe by Cindy Lynn
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READY IN: 1hr 25mins
SERVES: 18
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Syrup: To make syrup first caramelize the 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy skillet over low heat until clear and medium brown, shaking pan gently to keep from burning.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add slowly, stirring constantly, 1/2 cup boiling water.
  • Stir over low heat until lumps are dissolved.
  • Measure and add water to make 1 cup liquid.
  • Cool.
  • Cake: Sift together into bowl, 2 1/4 cups sifted Softasilk flour, 1 cup sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Add 1/2 cup soft shortening and 2/3 cup cooled caramel-water mixture.
  • Beat 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining 1/3 cup cooled caramel-water mixture, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Beat 2 more minutes.
  • Pour into greased and floured pans (2 8-inch pans, or 2 9-inch pans, or 1 9 X 13 oblong pan).
  • Makes a small cake.
  • Bake until cake tests done.
  • Cool.
  • Finish with Creamy Burnt Sugar Icing.
  • Preheat 350°F (moderate oven) 8-inch layers 30-35 minutes 9-inch layers 25-30 minutes oblong 9 X 13 35-40 minutes.
  • Creamy Burnt Sugar Icing: First make another caramel sugar-water mixture following directions in recipe above.
  • Caramelize 1/2 cup sugar.
  • Add 1/4 cup boiling water.
  • DO NOT ADD any more water!
  • Melt in saucepan 1/2 cup shortening (part butter).
  • Remove from heat and add 2 1/2 tablespoons Softasilk flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Stir in slowly caramel-water mixture.
  • Bring to boil stirring constantly.
  • Boil 1 minute.
  • If mixture curdles, do not be alarmed.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Beat in alternately, 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar and about 3 tablespoons water.
  • Set saucepan in bowl of cold water.
  • Beat until consistency to spread.
  • Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  • If it becomes too thick to spread, add a little water.
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