Chocolate Snickers Layer Cake

Chocolate Snickers Layer Cake
I made a special treat for my husband's birthday this week. He usually requests my Cheap Chocolate Cake as his birthday treat, but I decided to do something a bit different this year.

Something rich, something chocolaty....something that would be a candy lovers dream.

He is a candy lover. So much so, that I'm pretty sure the cashiers at the convenience store by our house know him by name.

My last candy concoction for him was my Chunky Twix Cookies. Those cookies were so out of this world good, I now have the reputation in our family as the Twix Cookie girl. That recipe has also made it's way around the blogging world. Yes, they are that good.

So for this candy creation I made a super moist chocolate cake, threw in some snickers bars, cream cheese frosting and homemade caramel sauce. Wow. This cake is knock your socks off good. It is rich, but birthday's only come once a year, right?

Chocolate Snickers Layer CakeChocolate Snickers Layer Cake
Serves:16          Printable Recipe

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
butter, for greasing the pans
12 fun sized snicker bars, cut into small pieces

Homemade Caramel Sauce, recipe follows
Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows



Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 8-inch x 2-inch round cake pans with butter. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer, mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Scatter some of the snickers pieces over the icing, then drizzle a little caramel sauce over it. Place the second cake layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Press two rows of snickers pieces into the sides of the bottom edge of the cake, all around the cake. Decorate the top of cake with remaining snickers pieces. Drizzle caramel sauce over the cake. Serve and enjoy!

Homemade Caramel Sauce:
(Recipe from The Pioneer Woman)

1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup half and half
4 tbsp butter
pinch of salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker. Add the vanilla and cook another minute to thicken further. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar. Refrigerate until cold.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
12-oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until combined. I like to put my frosting in the fridge to firm up a bit before frosting my cake.
Enjoy!

Amber
Chocolate Snickers Layer Cake


27 comments:

Maria said...

WOW!! So decadent and divine!

Jessica said...

Ok. I'm making this cake this week. Looks incredible!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Happy birthday! What a lucky LUCKY man!!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Um, can you come over and make this for my birthday next week?

Karly said...

Oh my goodness, this is so pretty! I'd be too sad to cut it open and eat it.

Okay, no. That's a lie. I'd stick my face right in there and go to town.

Anonymous said...

My son's upcoming 19th birthday should prove the perfect day to introduce this cake. thank you for posting the recipe. Is there a fix for icing a cake so as not to collect crumbs and to make the icing lie flat? Thank you again.

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

Wow. My husband would love this for his birthday! Snickers are his favorite!

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe said...

I think I just fainted...into my own puddle of drool.

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

the cake part alone - sounds amazing. I am always looking at choc cake recipes and seeing who uses coffee in them, cocoa powder vs melted choc, how many eggs, melted butter or oil - and your cake itself looks amazing. Then topped with everything else - whoa! And saw you on FG, too!

Julia said...

This cake looks so flawless! I love how you involved Snickers!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Oh wow! this really turned out beautiful!!

Anna @ CrunchyCreamySweet said...

My Hubs would love this cake too! He is quite the snickers fan :) I love the caramel drizzle, Amber!

Cassie/Bake Your Day said...

This is beyond stunning Amber! I can't wait to try it. Just beautiful!

Medeja said...

Looks so good! And inside is even more tempting than outside!

Jen @ Savory Simple said...

How ridiculously delicious!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

Wow, I seriously cannot think of a better way to celebrate a birthday! This cake is out of the world amazing!

ally said...

goodness gracious. this is heaven in cake form!
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

Katie Mar said...

oh my gosh this look so decadent and delicious!

Emily @ She Makes and Bakes said...

Love, love, love this!!!

Thyme (Sarah) said...

I want to be your husband!! His eyes must have been popping! It is beautiful and looks fantastically yummy. No running through the grocery candle aisles for him.

Anonymous said...

Cannot wait to try this! It looks so great! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Quick question -- is it possible to make cupcakes using this recipe? If so, how do we adjust?

Monet said...

Beautiful cake! I love you affixed the bits of candy along the bottom. Such a fun and creative idea. Thank you for sharing with me!

jo@foodepix.com said...

This looks amazing and your pictures are gorgeous. I would love for you to come and share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com. Thanks.

Monique Volz said...

This is beautiful! I'm thinking about making it for a friend's birthday!

Unknown said...

My husband's birthday is this weekend. He loves Snickers so I think he would like this cake. However, he hates coffee! Is there a coffee flavor to the cake?
Thanks!

Sandie@afoodieaffair.com said...

Wow, this cake looks and sounds incredibly good!

Megan Anderson said...

This is probably a silly questions, but do you bake the two pans of cake at the same time for a total of 35 minutes? Or do you let each pan bake separately for 35 min?




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