To Make Caramel Cage:
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Place sugar, syrup, and water in small heavy saucepan, stir and blend ingredients. Place on high heat and cook until syrup turns a light amber. Do not stir, wash the sides of the pan down with a pastry brush dipped in hot water about every 2 minutes. It will take 7-9 minutes for mixture to cook. Watch closely at the end; sugar can burn easily.
When light amber, remove from heat, wait for bubbles to disappear (3-4 minutes), dip tines of fork in syrup and pull up. Caramel threads will form. Twirl around shortcakes. If threads do not form, wait a few minutes until syrup cools slightly.
Syrup can be reheated carefully over low heat.