3 3/4 cup flour (I used organic, whole-wheat pastry flour)
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp sea salt
10 ounces (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted, softened butter
2 1/2 cups packed dark-brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tbs + 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 tsp dark rum
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1. With oven preheating to 325 degrees, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small to medium sized bowl.
2. Beat the butter and brown sugar on medium speed in a large bowl until it is pale and fluffy looking (takes 33 to 5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, vanilla and rum. Reduce the speed to low. Start to add the dry mixture to this, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat for two minutes on medium to high.
3. Spray the bake pan or pans with vegetable oil cooking spray. I did this as a 2 layer cake. The Divine Ms. M(artha!) recommends this as a 3 layer cake. It’s your choice.
4.My cakes took around 40 minutes to bake. You’ll want to use knitting needles or a sharp knife to poke the middle of the cakes to make sure they are baked. If the knife or needle comes out clean, the cake is baked. If there is any residue, consider a few more minutes.
2 cups packed dark-brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp sea salt
20 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted1. Melt 1 stick of butter in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium until golden dark brown. This is called “browning the butter” and adds almost a hazelnut flavor to the butter. The photo on the left of the strip is about 5 minutes into this 10 minute process. The butter solids separate and fall to the bottom of the pan. You need to stir continuously through this. Once the butter is browned, add the brown sugar, cream and salt, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring this to a boil, whisking constantly and cook for 3 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
2. Soften 2 stick of butter and cut into very small pieces. Add this butter, a few pieces at a time, and beat on low until the butter is incorporated into the frosting base. Beat this mixture for 2 minutes. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar on medium to high until fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Add the brown butter mixture to the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for two hours until fully chilled.
3. Once the frosting is fully chilled, whip it on low before trying to spread it on the cake.
3 ounces (6 Tbs) butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup heavy cream2 cups pecan halves1. Mix the sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in cream. Return to heat and cook for an additional 2 minutes.Assemble the Cake
1. Trim the sides of the cake and the top to create spongy, flat surfaces. Brush the Butterscotch Syrup onto all exposed sides of each layer (top and sides). Use 3/4 of the mixture, not all of it.
2. Frost the bottom cake piece, carefully setting down the next layer on top of it.
3. Spread remaining frosting on the top and sides of the cake.
Dump the pecans in a sauce pan. Turn heat to medium. Pour the remaining Butterscotch Syrup on the pecans. Constantly stirring, heat for approximately 10 minutes until the syrup is sticky and thick, evenly coating the pecans. Turn pan over and place the pecans directly on the cake or onto wax paper. The Pecans are very sticky and will stick to any surface so choose wisely.
I used whole wheat flour because I was trying to make the cake slightly less sticky sweet. My Dad appreciated the texture (which was sort of like a fine cornbread) but did gently suggest maybe trying regular flour for the next time.
That looks and sounds fabulous! You’re absolutely a sweetheart for making your dad’s cake as close to what he was so fond of. 🙂
My Burnt Sugar Recipe for anyone who wants it…Its to die for!!!
Love your blog! I found this info on the “net”…hopefully it’ll help you locate the episode with your parents….good luck!
The Newlywed Game aired on ABC and was produced by Chuck Barris
Productions, which is now a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
They would be the best hope of finding a copy.
Here is Sony Pictures Entertainment’s website:
Sony does not leave much contact information on their site, but I did
find these email addresses which you could contact for further
You can write to ABC at this address or call this phone number:
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4551
Teresa R says
(I don’t mind the cornmeal texure…LOL)
Teresa R says
Anne-Marie, you are AMAZING!! And I love you for this recipe because I inherited a bag of org WW pastry flour that I have been wondering what to do with.
How funny and fun that your parents won the grand prize in the Newlywed Game!! My mom was addicted to the show (in the late 70s, I think). Alas, I don’t know how one could get an archive of the show. You’ve probably contacted the network that ran it?
I think I gained 3 pounds just by looking at the pictures!
Amy W says
Wow, that is quite a cake! Thanks for sharing your recipe & method. Love me some butterscotch/caramel!
If you know what network the show was on, you might be able to contact the archives to see if they have a copy.
You can also try the Paley Center for Media, I’m not sure if they have that show, but it’s easy to search. They are also very responsive to emails.
(I’m a media archivist, so this is my type of stuff!)
LittleGems, The Newlywed Show is not on DVD back then. In fact, they destroyed most of the tapes to re-record over them because tapes were so expensive back then. But good thought!
Regina, I’m so glad that your goody pack arrived. I know it was a little random but I hope you liked it all.
kat, I’m glad I could be of service. There’s still one piece of the cake left with your name on it =)
DesertSoapstone, I am totally going to email you and beg for that Burnt Sugar Cake recipe. =)
CarmenRose, My Dad is going to float off of your compliment for years. He’s still talking about the time someone mistook him (from very, very far away) for George Clooney…
Adele, I’ve been watching YouTube to see and so far, no sign of my parents but I still have like 30 more videos to go through … =)
Thanks for your suggestions! I appreciate it!
woww it looks so….delicioussss:)
You could check the youtube logs for old shows, they might have it.
Cathy Winsby says
Looks absolutely delicious and by the size of the chunk missing 🙂 everyone must have enjoyed it very much!!
Carmen Rose says
Ok, hungry now! Your Daddy is very handsome!
Looks great! I have a Burnt Sugar Cake recipe from my grandmother that is caramel all the way. I definitely understand why he loves it!
I’ll bet your dad appreciated the effort and love that went into the cake more than the cake itself! What a wonderful daughter he has…
Suds to Love says
Wow, looks amazing, now I’m hungry for cake!
o m GOSH!
after working on my website all
stinkin day long,
my brain needs CARBS!
and what do we find here
but CARBS, glorious, CARBS!
i think i will get in my car and
drive to the nearest store for
thank goodness for MLK day. I
had a 16 year old come over and explain my website software to me.
now i feel like i can make it.
thank God for friends!
I think I gained lbs just looking at this one! yummy!
btw, goodies arrived! Thank you so much for your generous goodies!! I can’t wait to experiment!
Oh my goodness I’m salivating over here! *lol* The cake looks awesome!
yummy, i saw this on your twitter and automatically got hungry 🙂 if you go into a fye or Suncoast they may be able to special order it for you if it is on DVD
This looks and sounds just scrumptious.