Make Kek Gula Hangus Or Burnt Sugar Cake With This Simple Recipe

Also Known As Kek Sarang Semut Or Ants' Nest Cake

The kek gula hangus or burnt sugar cake is a unique cake favourite among Malaysians. Its main flavour comes from caramelizing white sugar until slightly burnt, and a hint of vanilla using essence of vanilla. What makes this cake special however, is its soft and bouncy texture that resembles a honeycomb or an ants’ nest, hence the alternate name kek sarang semut. 


Check Out This Straightforward Kek Gula Hangus Recipe

Ingredients: 1/4 cup fine granulated sugar, 1 cup hot water, 125g butter, 4 eggs, 1/4 cup condensed milk (room temp.), 1 cup wheat flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla essence


Step 1: Evenly spread out sugar in a flat pan and melt it over slow fire. Let it side without stirring so that it doesn’t form chunks. Make sure that the fire is slow and sugar is not burnt. The syrup should look like dark coffee.

Step 2: Once the sugar has melted, and in hot water and mix until smooth. Then take it off the stove and let it cool to room temp.

Step 3: On a separate pan, melt the butter over low heat and immediately set it aside to cool to room temp. Make sure it doesn’t burn.


Step 4: In a large bowl, break the eggs and slowly mix eggs using a wooden spoon. Don’t mix it till it becomes foamy.

Step 5: Add condensed milk and slowly mix till combined. Then, add in melted butter and slowly mix till combined.

Step 6: Once combined, mix in vanilla essence.


Step 7: Using a sieve, mix in wheat flour and baking soda. Stir slowly.


Step 8: Finally pour in the melted sugar and mix until combined. Make sure the sugar is completely cooled!


Step 9: Layer a parchment paper into a 7×7 baking pan and brush some melted butter on it. Then pour in the mixture. Let it sit for 3-5 hours (the longer it rests, the better the texture will be).

Step 10: When it’s almost done resting, pre-heat an oven to 170c using only bottom heat. Bake for 45 mins using bottom heat only. Take out the cake and let it cool. Cut and serve!


Recipe Credit: Masam Manis

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