Grandpa's Burnt Sugar Cake

Grandpa's Burnt Sugar Cake Recipe

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Becky Newman


My grandfather ran across this recipe in 1936. He made it for all of our family gatherings. It was a favorite of every family member.
My aunt makes it and uses less sugar than called for. It is good that way also!


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30 Min



  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    boiling water

  • 1/4 c
    burnt sugar water you made in 1st step
  • 3/4 c
    boiling water
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 3
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp

  • 1/4 c
    burnt sugar mix , you stored
  • 1/4 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 6 Tbsp
    softened butter
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp

How to Make Grandpa's Burnt Sugar Cake


  1. Slowly over low heat, stirring constantly melt the sugar.( It will first start to get clumped together, then when it all resembles dark shards you are almost to the melted stage, don't give up) Once it is all completely melted and has reached the burnt" color you desire remove it from the heat and let cool,when it has thickened and cooled add the boiling water and return it to low heat, stirring constantly until the water and burnt sugar have blended completely. Remove from heat and let cool. store in mason jar until needed.Use a non tephlon pan and a wooden spoon as sugar gets very hot !
  2. Step 2: Cream together shortening, sugar and eggs. In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.In a third small bowl mix the burnt sugar and boiling hot water and stir til blended together. Now into the shortening mix alternately stir in the flour mix and the sugar/water mix.
    Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes in two 8 inch round pans. It doesn't say to grease pans but I do !
  3. Step 3: Heat together burnt sugar and whipping cream. Mix the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together. Cream together the butter mix and burnt sugar/cream mix. frosting the cake and enjoy!!

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