Burnt-Sugar Cake with Caramel Frosting

"An old recipe to share with you! I comes from St. Paul's Ladies Aid (Church). One of those loved recipes we take out now and then."
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  • 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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  1. janerdickey
    This is a very good tasting cake. It is not an easy one for a beginner however. My cake came out a bit grainy but I only had half the amount of cake flour and substituted regular flour for the rest. The frosting is wonderful. I am currently making the frosting to put on a devils food cake for a birthday. The recipe is worth a try.


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