The Cake Slice: Burnt Sugar Cake

November 20, 2009 at 1:11 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 34 Comments

burnt sugar cake

I almost forgot about this posting!  My head has been somewhere else, and the date kind of got away from me.  Oh well, here it is in all its sweet glory: the Burnt Sugar Cake for this month’s Cake Slice.

A burnt sugar syrup (really a dark caramel simple syrup) is the key to this recipe.  Both the cake and the frosting have a nice dose of this syrup, giving them a very eye-catching soft caramel color.

The cake itself is nice– a dense crumb, but moist.  Thanks to heaping amounts of powdered sugar added to the sugar syrup, the frosting is, predictably, very sweet.  While my husband was a big fan, it was a bit too much for me…I made a bee-line to my toothbrush after each slice! 

burnt sugar cake

Here’s a printable link to the recipe.  Or get your hands on a copy of Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott.  Cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our sugary cakes this month!


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  1. *drools* i need to stop reading food blogs before dinner!

  2. That’s one tall cake. It looks like a good moist sponge with tasty icing.

  3. Lovely, Steph! And I’m glad you remembered this post 😀

  4. Looks beautiful. I’d probably be running for my toothbrush too! LOL

  5. I’m not surprised that you had to reach for your toothbrush. Luckily I reduced the amount of sugar by a far bit. The cake on it’s own was fine but with the frosting, I think my teeth had frost-bite! But I must say that your cake looks yummilicious as it is. Great job!

  6. Wow! Such a pretty cake!

  7. Yummy !!! I always love all your cake, they all look soooo delicious :), I sure need to try them all…


  8. Your cake looks great! It totally slipped my mind that this gets posted today too. At least you made yours!

  9. Mmmm… looks so dense and luscious! Perfect with a cup of joe, on a sad and rainy friday.

  10. Wow. Your cake looks fantastic! You frosted it beautifully!

  11. Wow- you’re cake looks beautiful!! I too ran for my toothbrush right after eating a slice 😀

  12. Interesting name, but delicious recipe:)

  13. So glad to finally see a picture of the finished project. I’m a delinquent this month and am not making mine until tomorrow for a dinner party. I can’t wait to try it!

  14. Your cake looks great – is that specks of vanilla bean I can see in the frosting?

  15. Yum, looks great. Did you do the caramel daring bakers cake, this seems similar? The frosting on that one was too sweet also…

  16. Such a pretty frosting job…I love the specks of vanilla bean in there.

  17. Your cake looks great and very tall and moist. I agree with you that the frosting was tooth-achingingly sweet

  18. Looks great! I, too, thought it was way too sweet. Better luck with next month’s pick!

  19. This looks wonderful! I love caramel-y flavors, and love the little swirls of frosting on top.

  20. Looks wonderful! Reminds me of the DB challenge caramel cake, which *was* quite sweet.

  21. Awesome! Your cake looks so delicious 😛

  22. too bad it was too sweet, sounds great anyway!

  23. There’s nothing like it! That looks delicious!

    (FYI- there’s a free gift tag download on my blog) 🙂

  24. That cake looks amazing! Everything you post makes me drool!! Yum!

  25. Yummm burnt sugar sounds absolutely amazing 🙂 And it looks so pretty, too!

  26. The frosting on the top of your cake looks so dreamy and the crumb looks perfect.

    great job!

  27. Woah, that just looks so super sweet. So is it the sugar syrup that makes it more dense?

  28. This looks delightful – I’d love a slice of this.

  29. It sounds RICH but SO delicious. I love burnt sugar anything, so this one is right up my alley!

  30. I made this cake for my birthday and it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. The sugar syrup gave me some trouble but it was worth it in the end. Thank you.

  31. Can I make this in a bundt pan???

  32. How much burnt sugar flavoring do I add to cake mix

    • of the burnt sugar syrup? 1/2 cup gets mixed in the cake batter, and another 1/2 cup goes into the frosting.

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