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Hard Sauce

I remember making this sauce for my mom when I was about 8 years old. I loved the aroma and spicy flavor. Today, many cooks spread cream-cheese frosting on spice cake instead, but I think you're really missing something if you bypass this warm, old-time sauce. —Shirley Joan Helfenbein, Lapeer, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 1-1/3 cups


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground allspice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon rum extract


  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, nutmeg, allspice and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and extracts. Serve with spice cake. Refrigerate leftovers.

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  • Penelope
    Dec 25, 2019

    This sauce tastes o.k. but is no way related to British 'Hard Sauce' . Real Hard Sauce has three ingredients, butter, powdered sugar and alcohol, usually brandy. It is not cooked and once refrigerated is hard, hence the name.

  • eviejane46
    Oct 16, 2018

    Tasted great. Added more vanilla

  • KHBenjamin
    May 24, 2013

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  • mfl
    Dec 11, 2009

    This is just wonderful served on top of very warm bread pudding. It melts and makes a wonderful sauce.

  • suziH
    Oct 2, 2009

    I tried it. My grandkids tried it.We all loved it!!!

  • heleneh
    Dec 12, 2007

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