Burnt Sugar Cake
A delicious cake made with caramelized sugar.
1 3/4 cups granulated (white) sugar
1/3 cup hot water
3 cups sifted cake flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
Prepare burnt sugar by placing 1/2 sugar into a heavy skillet over medium high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon as sugar melts. When it becomes very dark brown, remove from heat, add hot water very slowly and stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease 2 9-inch round pans with Pan Release or cooking spray.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together three times. Cream the butter with the remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating thoroughly after each. Stir in the vanilla and the burnt sugar syrup mixture. Add the dry ingredients and milk alternately to the creamed mixture. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done (cake is completely away from the sides of the pan or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean). Within 5 to 10 minutes, remove the cake from the pan and place on a wire cooling rack until cake is room temperature.