Caramel Shard Topping

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Appears in

Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented

Baked Explorations

By Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Published 2010

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This caramel shard decoration is entirely optional—but it looks spectacular. Consider using it when you bring this cake to a potluck picnic in the park or a brunch.


  • ½ cup granulated sugar


    Place the sugar in a small saucepan. Add enough water—it takes approximately 1 teaspoon—to make it the texture of wet sand. Cook on high heat until the sugar turns amber. Pour the caramel onto a half-sheet pan lined with a Silpat (or other silicone nonstick) baking mat. Let cool. Break the cooled caramel into small shards and use them to decorate the frosted cake.