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Grandma's Surprise-Burnt Sugar Bundt Cake
Chef:  Maxine Mai - Lenora, KS          Category:  Desserts


1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup warm water
2 sticks margarine
2-2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup English toffee bits
5 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
3/4 cup cola soft drink

Directions: Place 1/3 cup sugar in small pan and heat, stirring constantly until it is dark golden brown. Take off burner, keep stirring for 2 minutes. Add warm water, heat agin, stirring until you have a burnt sugar syrup. Set aside and let cool. Place butter, 2-2/3 cups sugar in a mixing bowl, cream until white. While this is creaming, place cream cheese, egg, salt and 1/3 cup sugar in a separate bowl and beat together. Add toffee bits, stir again, set aside. Add to the creamed butter and sugar mixture the following ingredients, beating after each ingredient is added: eggs (one at a time), salt, burnt sugar syrup, vanilla, flour and cola. Place two thirds of the batter into a well greased and floured 12 cup bundt pan. Place the cream cheese toffee bit mixture by the teaspoonful, into the middle of the batter in a complete circle. Finish placing the rest of the cake batter evenly over the filling. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes at 325ยบ F. Let stand in pan for 5 minutes before inverting onto serving platter. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cake.

Notes: The filling is the surprise when the cake is cut. This recipe has never failed while burnt sugar layer cakes many times fall frequently. It was grandmother's favorite cake flavor.