I have this fantastic recipie from my childhood for a "Burnt Sugar Cake" - basically a butter cake flavored with burnt sugar syrup. It's great and the cake is very manageable to make. My problem is that neither of the recipies I have for the frosting work. Both fail every *&#(!&# time.
The one I'm most drawn to is an egg-white frosting where you whip the egg whites and then drizzle hot carmelized syrup into it. Not too hard to imagine what goes wrong there...the hot syrup just instantly cools and you end up with sharp, toast-crumb sized flecks of cooled caramel in glossy egg mixture -- a lot like a bit-o-honey candy bar. It hardens like that too...sort of like taffy. Not very practical to spread on a cake.
The other one is a pedestrian and over-the-top sweet cooked brown-sugar/heavy cream thing that you end up pouring over the cake and it hardens instantly like a dipped ice-cream cone. (My husband loves this, by the way, but I despise it. It even makes my mouth break out in a sugar burn it's so sweet. Ugh.)
So does anyone out there have a recipe for a frosting that they think would work well with this cake? Please! it's such a great cake....but I'm in danger of never making it again, because it's really not appropriate to be served naked.