French Burnt Sugar Frosting

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"This frosting paired with spice cake is absolutely incredible. I think it would be delicious paired with chocolate cake too. Makes enough for a 9 x 13 sheet cake or a 2 layer cake. Adapted from Mom's old green Meta Givens cookbook. I think every woman who got married after the war must have had those cookbooks, I see them so often. Requires a candy thermometer."

Original is 12-16 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (78.4 g)
  • Calories 242.7
  • Total Fat - 8.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 22.6 mg
  • Sodium - 102.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 42.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 42.6 g
  • Protein - 0.7 g
  • Calcium - 26.4 mg
  • Iron - 0 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Place 1/2 cup sugar in a small heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until melted.

Step 2

Carefully add boiling water, it will hiss and steam. Continue to whisk til a syrup forms.

Step 3

In separate large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat remaining sugar and milk until sugar melts. Add the cooked sugar and cook to soft ball stage, 234 degrees.

Step 4

Cool for 10 minutes without stirring. Add butter, salt and vanilla. Beat til thick enough to spread easily. If frosting becomes too stiff, add some milk.

Step 5

If frosting doesn't set up, you can add a bit of powdered sugar, maybe about 1/2 cup. That happens if you don't get either the syrup or the second pan cooked long enough.


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