Monday, November 12, 2007

Cake Time

This weekend we went to a surprise party for a friend of ours. Because I love to bake, I offered to make the cake. I made a triple chocolate toffee cake. Everyone loves this cake and raves about it - let me tell you a little secret - - it's so easy to make!!!

Cake Ingredients
Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Cake Mix
Ingredients to bake cake
1 package chocolate pudding mix

Pour cake mix and pudding mix in the bowl. Mix in ingredients listed on the cake box (only the cake box - do not use the milk called for in the pudding). Very important step that the box doesn't tell you. Grease and flour the pan! Always, always flour your pan. The chocolate cake boxes tell you not to use flour, but if you don't your cake will stick. They assume you won't be frosting the cake, but c'mon what's a cake without frosting???

Bake at 300 degrees - add about 10 minutes to the cooking time to allow for the lesser temp of 300. 300 degrees will give you a nice cake that is smooth and flat on the surface - very important for turning the cake out and decorating.

Remove cake from oven when toothpick inserted in middle comes out clear (cake will also be pulled away from the sides of the pan). Turn cakes out immediately. I put my first cake out on the cake plate I plan to use. The second cake I turn out on to a parchment or wax paper lined cutting board.

Let the cakes cool before decorating.

Filling and Decorating Ingredients
2 tubs Betty Crocker Chocolate frosting (do not get the whipped stuff)
1 bag skor toffee pieces (found on baking isle with chocolate chips)

Put a layer of frosting on the first layer. Sprinkle with Skor toffee pieces.

Add your second layer to the cake and frost the whole thing. Don't be a sissy with the frosting - load it on there. Be prepared for people to oh and ah over this cake. Not only does it look great, but it tastes amazing. If you can make it a couple of days ahead of time, that's the best way to do it. After a couple of days the toffee pieces start to melt and make a caramel in the middle of the cake. The pudding in the mix will keep the cake moist, so don't worry about that. Enjoy my little secret!

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