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Burnt Sugar Frosting

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  • Brief Description

    Burnt sugar syrup combined with powdered sugar, butter and vanilla for a delicious frosting.

  • Main Ingredient

    powdered sugar

  • Category:  Frostings

  • Cuisine:  American

  • Prep Time:  20 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  20 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

  • Source:

    C&H Sugar

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  • Notes:

    Makes enough to frost tops and sides of two 8" or 9" layers.

  • Posted By:  mimisrecipes

  • Posted On:  Oct 24, 2018

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Number of Servings:


  1. 4 3/4 cups - sifted C&H New Velvet-Smooth Powdered Sugar
  2. 1/3 cups - soft butter or margarine
  3. 1/3 cups - burnt sugar syrup (see directions below)
  4. 1/8 teaspoons - salt
  5. 1 tablespoons - to 2 Tbsp hot water
  6. 1 teaspoons - vanilla
  7. 1/2 cups - sugar for burnt sugar syrup
  8. 1/2 cups - hot water for burnt sugar syrup


For Burnt Sugar Syrup:
Heat 1/2 cup of sugar in a heavy skillet or saucepan; stir constantly. Continue cooking until sugar melts and turns golden brown.

Remove from heat several minutes (so syrup won't splatter when water is added). Gradually add 1/2 cup hot water. Boil, stirring, until it becomes a thin syrup. Can be stored in fridge until ready to use.

For Frosting:
Gradually stir powdered sugar into butter or margarine; mix well. Add burnt sugar syrup and salt. Gradually add hot water until you reach a good spreading consistency. Add vanilla; beat until smooth.


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