How to make Cake Browning (Homemade Browning or Burnt Sugar syrup)

 Homemade Browning or Burnt Sugar syrup : How to make Browning

Homemade Browning or Burnt Sugar syrup is a dark liquid used as a coloring for Cakes, ice creams and also as a marinade for meats.It is also very easy to make, all you need are 2 ingredients. Here’s how to prepare it.

Ingredients for Browning (Burnt Sugar syrup)

This make about 1 and 12 cups Food Browning

  • 1 cup White or Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water


1. Pour the sugar into a heavy bottomed pan or pot with high sides. Heat up the sugar on medium heat, until the sugar melts completely and changes from white to light brown caramel, then from light brown to very dark brown (almost black) color. Note: don’t be tempted to stir it until the sugar has melted completely.If using brown sugar, the sugar will melt and turn dark brown faster than if using white sugar.

Homemade Browning or Burnt Sugar syrup : How to make Browning

 2. Now, gradually pour in the boiling water. The browning will foam and bubble a bit, wait until the bubbling goes down, then stir well and continue to cook  for 3 minutes or until the water incorporates with the syrup. Note: if you get lumps,don’t worry about that and keep on stirring until the lump melts into syrup.
 3. Put off the heat and leave to cool,then pour into a glass jar, seal and store in the fridge.It will keep for up to 4 months.

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 Homemade Browning or Burnt Sugar syrup : How to make Browning

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  1. Ruth David
    December 1, 2022 / 4:39 am

    You’re are very detailed, thank you mega much.
    Please can we use the same measurement and ingredients for strawberry cake. Thank you

  2. Niki
    December 2, 2021 / 6:08 am

    Thank you so much for the great explanation and the photos. Was very nervous about making Browning. Have had the fruit for my Caribbean Black cake soaking for a couple of months but, have just discovered l can no longer buy cake browning here in New Zealand.
    I was lucky enough to eat this at a friend’s wedding a few years ago and have been hunting recipes ever since.

  3. December 14, 2020 / 8:36 pm

    Hi, i tried making the home made browning and i believe it came out well. However, when i baked with it I didn’t get that rich dark colour as i was hoping for so i went ahead to order online. But the one i got taste salty and i think it is the one used for gravy and soups. Please i want to know if i can use this for my cake as it taste salty so i am scared that it might nit come out well in my cake.
    Pls advise. Thanks

    • December 16, 2020 / 6:01 pm

      Don’t use the salted one
      it is good for meat, soups and gravy
      as you rightly said.
      As for my browning recipe, you can also make
      it with brown sugar or molasses if you can find them
      they yield a darker colored cake, almost blackish.

  4. Dita Amazing concept
    August 7, 2020 / 6:05 pm

    Thanks a lot nky…I just finished making my browny

  5. Anonymous
    February 15, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Thanks so so much, i just moved to Spain and i couldn't get browning to buy anywhere. Your recipe just saved my cake. Many thanks, may God continually bless you.

  6. Anonymous
    April 27, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    pls i tried makin dis syrup bt d taste is bitter and taste burnt. i dont know if i did it well

    • Annie's Treats
      July 25, 2020 / 4:34 pm

      It’s supposed to be bitter. It’s when you mix it in what you’re making, the cake wouldn’t be like that.

  7. Unknown
    March 24, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Promise says Lovely info. Well-done ma

  8. Esther
    January 4, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Hey thanks for the tip.I stay in Saudi Arabia with my family and finding this things are inpossible. I'mean a Baker and I love to work with my fondant icing, but unfortunately I can't find glocos and CMC here. So my question is, can one make fondant without glucose and CMC? If yes how?

  9. Efficient Ignatius
    December 20, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Thanks so much for this Nky. You make me feel like I can do anything when it comes to cooking. And one thing extra ordinary about you is that, inspite of your busy schedule, you still have time to reply each and every one of us. Thank you and may God keep you. Amen.

  10. Anigboro Ruona
    December 16, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Please how long can it last without refrigeration

  11. Anigboro Ruona
    December 16, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Please how long can it last without refrigeration

  12. Anonymous
    October 31, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Thankx so much, we appreciate you ma

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 6:19 pm


  13. pure inspirations
    June 10, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Wow. Hope to try it out asap.

  14. Didi
    January 20, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Tried the Browning today, turned out well(prepping for the cake recipe)��

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      That's nice Didi,I'll be expecting your feedback on the cake 🙂

  15. Carol Ogwumike
    December 17, 2015 / 3:01 am

    I just got done with my Browning. Thank you so much ma.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 3:34 pm

      you're welcome 🙂

  16. Carol Ogwumike
    December 17, 2015 / 3:00 am

    Just got done making my Browning. Thank you so much ma

  17. Anonymous
    December 4, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Thank u so much Nky

  18. Anonymous
    July 9, 2015 / 10:01 am


    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 9, 2015 / 2:43 pm

      thanks hun 🙂

  19. Anonymous
    April 14, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I love u. Tnx alot

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2015 / 2:21 pm

      you're welcome 🙂

  20. Just Cakes Confectionery
    March 22, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Thanks so much

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 10:42 am

      you're welcome 🙂

  21. Esther
    March 11, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    I made this! Turned out very nice, and timely as well 🙂 God bless you Aunty Nky!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 11:53 am

      You're welcome dearie 🙂

  22. Anonymous
    February 10, 2015 / 11:55 am


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      February 12, 2015 / 11:56 am


  23. Anonymous
    January 23, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    U are such a wonderful woman, u are doin a grt job. Tax alot

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2015 / 11:38 am

      Thank you and welcome 🙂

  24. sharon ogo
    November 7, 2014 / 9:44 am

    Thanks so much

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 7, 2014 / 10:38 am

      You're welcome dearie 🙂

  25. Baker's delight
    November 3, 2014 / 10:41 am

    Thanks so much for this.I have been buying cake browning for 5 years now and never knew it was so easy to make. I just made it and baked with it too and the cake came out with a color shade even better than when I used store bought browning. Thanks again ma.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 7, 2014 / 10:37 am

      You are always welcome,I'm so glad to be of help 🙂