I have taken a brief break from blogging due to our recent move to North Carolina, but today I had to come back and post about this rich and decadent Candy Bar Cake. This cake has a lot going on — it is made with layers of chocolate cake soaked in milky caramel syrup and then topped with malted milk chocolate frosting and chopped candy.Isn’t that a very loooong description of the cake?? But let me tell you the cake takes just about 3~4 hours from start to finish, out of that only about 1 hour is actual hands on time. Also this cake is eggless (I have included instructions on how to make with eggs in the recipe), and tofu acts as the ‘egg’ here.Another interesting thing about this cake is that I’ve used Hills Bros Cappuccino products in lieu of the liquid in the recipe. I recently got 2 flavors of the cappuccino, double mocha and salted caramel — they are excellent when served as hot cappuccino, but they are fantastic when used to make panna cotta or cappuccino float (just blend cappuccino mix with water and ice and top with ice cream — yumm!!). So for my Candy bar cake recipe, I used the double mocha mix in the chocolate cake and the salted caramel mix to the milky caramel syrup that I used to soak the cake. The cake turned out amazing — moist, chocolaty and yummy!! This is a perfect cake to make for the summer birthday parties — I’m sure everyone including the birthday girl or boy will love you for that.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Hills Bros. Cappuccino provided by Honest Cooking. All the opinions expressed in this post are mine.
Candy Bar Cake
For the Chocolate Cake:
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 1¼ cups sugar
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa powder, sifted
- ¾ cup Oil (I used Mild Olive oil, but vegetable or canola oil will work)
- ½ cup Semisweet Chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1¼ cups water
- ¼ cup Hills Bros. Cappuccino Double Mocha Mix
- 4 oz. Firm Tofu, crumbled and packed into ½cup*
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
For the Milky Caramel Syrup:
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup Coconut Cream or Heavy Cream
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp Hills Bros. Cappuccino Salted Caramel Mix
- 2 tbsp Caramel Sauce (homemade or storebought)
For the Frosting & Garnish:
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
- ¾ cup Malted Milk Powder
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups Confectioners Sugar, sifted
- ½ cup Semisweet Chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1 cup Candy, roughly chopped
Make the Chocolate Cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of 2 8" round cake pans with parchment paper, grease the sides and bottom with cooking spray and dust them with cocoa powder.
- Boil the water and add the Double Mocha cappuccino mix to it. Mix well and let cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
- Blend tofu along with oil, vinegar, cooled mocha cappuccino into a smooth mixture. Add the melted chocolate and blend again until smooth.
- Add the tofu mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well until no lumps remain. Divide the batter between the prepared pans.
- Bake for 35~40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Remove from the oven.
Make the Milky Caramel Syrup:
- While the cake is baking make the syrup: Combine sugar, cream, salted caramel cappuchino mix and salt in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Next stir in the salted caramel and mix well. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
- Once the cake comes out of the oven, poke holes with skewer at 1" intervals. Generously brush the syrup onto the hot cakes. Make sure to evenly distribute the syrup between the 2 cakes. Now let the cakes cool, in the pans, completely.
Make the Mocha Milk Chocolate Frosting:
- Combine the butter, malted milk powder, salt and 2 cups of the sugar in a large bowl and beat with a mixer until incorporated.
- Add the remaining sugar and beat until the frosting is pale and no longer grainy. Add the vanilla and mix well.
- Add the melted chocolate and beat until the frosting is very light and fluffy.
- Once the cakes are completely cooled and the syrup is absorbed, about 1~2 hours; remove the cake from the pan onto a cake stand or a serving plate.
- Frost the first layer with the frosting and sprinkle some chopped candy. Place the second layer on top and finish frosting the sides and the top. Finally sprinkle the remaining candy on top of the cake. Chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
- To make the cake with eggs: Use ¾ cup Full fat plain yogurt, 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, melted and cooled and 4 room temperature large eggs instead of tofu and vegetable oil.