Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Penuche Cake

Penuche Cake, Brown Sugar Cake, Starlight cake; many different names for a very simple cake. Growing up this was the birthday cake all my cousins and I got on our birthdays from our Grandma. There are 12 of us so it makes sense that she would make a simple cake. This cake is like wine it gets better with aging. The not so sweet cake gets a sweet caramel taste after a few days of sitting. The Penuche frosting is simply a brown sugar frosting smeared quickly inside the cake and then poured on top of the cake quickly pushed around to perfection before the frosting hardens. The cake not being too sweet is perfect since the frosting is like eating a hunk of brown sugar fudge. This cake is great when you have little time, ingredients and money. Whenever I bite into a slice a swarm of memories take over my mind as the cake and frosting melt into a sweet harmony of flavor.
Penuche Cake
2 C A.P. Flour
1 1/2 C sugar
3 1/2 tsp. B.P.
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or shortening
1 C milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour baking two 8" round pans. Measure all ingredients into large mixer bowl. Blend 1/2 minute on low speed. Scrape down sides. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Pour into pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool.
3/4 C butter
1 1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C 2Tbs. Milk
3 C Powderered Sugar
Melt butter in a pot stir in brown sugar. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Stir over low heat for 2 minutes, stir in milk, and reheat to boiling. Then remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. Stir in powdered sugar, beat until spreading consistency. Then 1/4 of the frosting on top the first layer, then put second layer on and frost the rest of the cake quickly.


  1. I've never tried Penuche cake before, but it looks delicious!

  2. Thanks for the recipe, will have to try some time!

  3. I never heard of this kind of cake before but it looks and sounds awesome! I would like to try it one of these days! :)