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Burnt Sugar Candy Bar Cake Recipe

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3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup hot water
3     cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 egg yolks
2 t. vanilla
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups finely chopped assorted candy bars
1 recipe Browned Butter frosting
Coarsely chopped assorted candy bars. such as Hershey's, Mars, Nestle, or other (optional)

Cooking the sugar until it's caramelized ("burnt") gives the cake a rich flavor. 
For the topping, use the candy b

Prep:  40 minutes  Bake:  25 minutes   Assembly:  20 minutesar or several kinds of the candy bars that you love most.

1.  Grease and lightly flour three 8 x 1 1/2 inch round baking pans or two 9 x 2 inch pans.  In a large skillet cook the 3/4 cup sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar just begins to melt.  do not stir.  reduce heat; cook until sugar is golden brown, about 1 to 3 minutes more, stirring mixture constantly.

2.  Carefully stir in hot water (syrup will form lumps).  Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat.  Continue stirring until mixture is free of lumps.  Remove from heat  Pour syrup into a large glass measuring cup.  Add additional water to equal 1 3/4 cups liquid.  Set asked to cool.

3.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and baking soda.  Beat together the 1 1/2 cups sugar, the 2/3 cup butter, egg yolks and the vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute or until mixture is smooth.

4.  Alternately add flour mixture and sugar syrup to egg yolk mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.  Clean beaters thoroughly.  in a medium mixing bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).  Fold into batter.  Divide batter into baking pans; spread evenly.

5.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool in pans; transfer to wire racks; cool completely.  Prepare Browned Butter Frosting

6.  To assemble, spread 1/2 cup Browned Butter Frosting over bottoms of two of the cake layers.  Sprinkle each frosted layer with half of the finely chopped candy.  Stack these layers on cake plate, frosted sides up.  Place the third (unfrosted) layer on top, rounded side up.

7.  Spread remaining frosting on top and sides of cake.  Garnish with the coarsely chopped candy bar pieces, if desired.  Makes 16 servings.

Browned Butter Frosting:  In a small saucepan heat and stir 1/2 cup butter* over low heat unti melted.  Continue heating until butter turns a nut-brown color.

Remove from heat;  cool for 5 minutes. In a large mixing bowl beat together two 3-oz packages of softened cream cheese with 3 tablespoons butter until combined.  Beat in about 2 cups sifter powdered sugar.  Beat in the browned butter and vanilla.  Gradually beat in 4 1/2 more cups sifted powdered sugar and 2 to 3 teaspoons milk until frosting is of spreading consistency.

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*  Note:  use butter only.  Margarine or other spreads will not yield same results and could keep the frosting mixture from setting properly.




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