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Chocolate-Toffee Crunch Layer Cake

chocolate-toffee crunch layer cake Dessert
Chocolate-Toffee Crunch Layer Cake
  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 3 hr 5 min
  • Servings 12

This layered cake is pure chocolate confection. Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ chocolate cake mix gets an extra chocolaty plus-up from the addition of chocolate pudding before baking. A from-scratch dangerously good dark chocolate buttercream frosting covers the three layers of cake. The special addition that takes this dessert to the next level? A toffee bits crunch that’s sprinkled among the frosting in between the cake layers, and then piled atop the cake. For an extra-fun touch, we added small frosting stars piped around the edges of the top of the cake! It’s a truly over-the-top chocolate dessert that makes a gorgeous centerpiece, and makes any chocolate-loving guest very happy. MORE+ LESS-

Updated September 9, 2019
Betty Crocker Cake Mix
Make with
Betty Crocker Cake Mix

Ingredients

Cake

1
box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ chocolate fudge cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1
box (3.9 oz) Jell-O™ chocolate-flavor instant pudding & pie filling mix (dry)

Toffee Bits Crunch

1/3
cup dark chocolate chips
1/3
cup roasted salted almonds
1/3
cup toffee bits

Frosting

3/4
cup dark chocolate chips
1 1/4
cups butter, softened
2 3/4
cups powdered sugar
2
tablespoons milk
1
teaspoon vanilla

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Spray bottoms and sides of 3 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat Cake ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour 1 2/3 cups batter in each pan. Spread evenly.
  • 3
    Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave 1/3 cup chocolate chips uncovered on High 30 seconds; stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until chips can be stirred smooth. Add almonds to bowl; stir until almonds are coated evenly with chocolate. Spread on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes until chocolate is firm.
  • 5
    Break chocolate-coated nuts into large pieces, and place in bowl of food processor. Cover and process until coarsely chopped. Place in small bowl; stir in toffee bits. Set aside.
  • 6
    In small microwavable bowl, microwave 3/4 cup chocolate chips uncovered on High 60 seconds; stir halfway through. Continue to microwave in 15-second increments until chips can be stirred smooth; cool 10 minutes. In large bowl, beat butter and melted chocolate with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. On low speed, beat in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, scraping side of bowl occasionally, until smooth and creamy.
  • 7
    Place one cake layer on serving plate. Spread 2/3 cup of the frosting on top; sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the toffee bits crunch over top of frosting. Top with second cake layer. Spread 2/3 cup frosting on top; sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the toffee bits crunch over top of frosting; top with third cake layer. Fit decorating bag with medium star piping tip; fill with 3/4 cup of the frosting. Set aside.
  • 8
    Frost sides with thin layer of frosting so sides are covered but cake still shows through. Spread remaining frosting on top. Using decorating bag, pipe stars on top edge of cake. Fill center with remaining toffee bits crunch. Refrigerate cake 30 minutes. If refrigerating cake longer than 30 minutes, let cake stand 10 minutes at room temperature before cutting. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • Using disposable plastic decorating bags instead of canvas or plastic makes cleanup a snap! Disposable plastic decorating bags and tips can be purchased in the baking section of most craft stores.
  • The “half-dressed” or thin layer of frosting on the outside of a cake allows the layers to show through. It’s impressive and easy!
  • Soft butter is key to avoiding lumps in your buttercream. To soften butter, cut in small pieces and leave at room temperature. A faster method is to microwave butter in 5-second increments at 50% (Medium), turning butter frequently so butter is softened but not melted.
  • A turntable is helpful when decorating a cake. You can build your cake on the flat surface, and it allows you to turn the cake as you frost, which makes it easier to decorate.
  • To keep your serving plate clean while frosting the cake, place strips of waxed paper around edge of plate. Remove after frosting is complete.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
700
Calories from Fat
360
% Daily Value
Total Fat
40g
61%
Saturated Fat
19g
95%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
100mg
34%
Sodium
680mg
28%
Potassium
210mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
79g
26%
Dietary Fiber
2g
11%
Sugars
60g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 5 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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