Burn 1/2 cup sugar in small pan until liquidized, then add 1/4 cup boiling water, stirring well. Set it aside to cool.
Cream together 1 1/2 cups white sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Then add 3 egg yolks, 1 cup cold water, 2 cups of floor and beat the batter for 5 minutes. Next add egg whites, well beaten, and 1/2 cup floor to which has been added 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla and the burnt sugar.
Bake in layers in moderate oven (375 degrees).
Make the icing in the pan in which the sugar was burned, using 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup cream, 2 tablespoons butter and cook until it forms a soft ball in cold water. Remove from fire and beat until it begins to thicken. Flavor with vanilla and spread between layers and on top of cake.
Ethen Percht recipe thanks to Susan Peterson at "Long Lost Relatives.net"
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