There are so many things we love about Halloween but one of the most has to be the candy! Whether you’re young or old, there’s something about all of the candy that just makes everyone a little giddy. With that in mind we wanted to create an homage to our favorite Halloween treats in cake form… introducing our Four Layer Candy Bar Cake (made with Snickers, Twix, Rolos, and Heath Bars)!
For the cakes:
- 1 butter cake mix (prepared according to package directions)
- 1 chocolate cake mix (prepared according to package directions)
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
For the ganache:
- 24 oz. (two bags) semisweet chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 cup butter
For the nougat:
- 1 can marshmallow fluff
- 1 cup peanut butter
For the toppings:
- 2-3 cups caramel (store-bought or homemade – see recipe below)
- Heath bars, roughly chopped
- Twix, roughly chopped
- Rolos, roughly chopped
Now let’s dive in!
First things first, if you want to make homemade caramel, now is the time. Start by caramelizing 3 cups sugar with 1/2 cup water over medium heat. Depending on your stove and pot, this could take a few minutes or more than ten. Once the mixture starts to brown have 2 cups cream ready. When you’ve hit a nice medium brown, add the cream, which will bubble up vigorously. Stir mixture with a wooden spoon until uniform and creamy. Set aside to cool.
Back to the main event! Start by making two cakes according the package directions: one butter cake and one chocolate cake.
We love to substitute butter for oil in recipes using pre-made cake mix!
For the butter cakes, divide the batter into two bowls. Add 1/2 cup crushed toffee bits to one bowl and 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs to the other bowl. Gently fold to combine and then pour each batter into a 9″ greased cake pan.
Make the chocolate cake mix according to the package directions and divide between two 9″ greased cake pans. Bake all cakes according to package directions.
Once cakes are cool, it’s time to make the ganache. Using a microwave or double-boiler, melt the chocolate, cream, and butter, whisking until smooth. Set aside until firm enough to spread (mixture could appear slightly greasy).
Next up is the nougat. Pretty simple stuff – just mix together marshmallow fluff and peanut butter (not all natural).
Now it’s time to assemble the cake! Start with the toffee layer (aka Heath Bar). Cover the layer with ganache followed by a good drizzle of caramel (it’s okay if it runs down the sides).
Chop up some Heath Bars and throw them on top!
Next up is the Snickers layer which uses a chocolate cake. Top with nougat (it’s easiest to use your hands to spread once you have a semi-flat base down), followed by caramel, peanuts, and ganache.
After Snickers comes Twix using the graham cracker layer. Top this with caramel (it should soak in a bit) followed by chocolate ganache and chopped Twix.
And for the final layer, we make a Rolo cake using chocolate cake topped with caramel, ganache, and chopped Rolos. Get ready for some serious caramel oozing down the sides of the cake!
And there you have it! This is one seriously decadent cake that’s not for the faint of heart!
What are your favorite Halloween recipes? Let us know in the comments section below!