Burnt-Sugar Cake with Caramel Frosting

Recipe by Scandigirl
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READY IN: 50mins
YIELD: 1 Cake
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat 1/2 cup sugar slowly in a small saucepan, stirring constantly.
  • When sugar is melted and begins to smoke add boiling water slowly and carefully stirring constantly.
  • Continue cooking until syrup measures 1/2 cup, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, cream butter well; add 1 cup sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla, then egg yolks one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
  • Stir in cold caramel syrup.
  • Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk, beating until smooth.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.
  • Fold into flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into three round 9 inch layer pans, 1 inch deep, lined on the bottom with paper, then greased.
  • Bake in moderate oven, 375 degrees, for about 20 minutes.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes, then turn out on racks to cool.
  • Spread Caramel Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
  • Caramel Frosting: Mix butter, cream, brown sugar and salt in saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat; add vanilla.
  • Then add gradually enough sifted confectioner's sugar to make frosting of speading consistency.
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