How to Make Burnt Sugar Water

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How to Make Burnt Sugar Water
You need sugar, water and butter to make burnt sugar water. (oh sugar image by mark humphreys from

Burnt sugar water is actually a syrup which is used to add a caramel-like flavour to different foods. The most popular food made with burnt sugar water is cake. Burnt sugar cake has been around since at least the early 1900s and is often paired with burnt sugar icing. Both the cake and the frosting's flavour are derived from the burnt sugar water. There are many different ways to adjust the flavour of the sugar water, but the simplest way is to add butter or a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

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Things you need

  • Measuring cup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pan
  • Spoon
  • 1/4 cup water

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  1. 1

    Place 3/4 cup of sugar into a pan and put the pan on top of the stove. Turn the burner to medium heat. Stir the sugar as it melts and turns an orange-yellow or amber colour.

  2. 2

    Add 1/4 cup water to the pan of melted sugar. Stir until the water and sugar have blended into a smooth, amber-coloured liquid. Remove the pan from heat. Allow the mixture to cool.

  3. 3

    Allow the mixture to cool. Pour the burnt sugar water into a container and seal it until you are ready to use it.

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