Triple Layer Chocolate Toffee Cake

This Triple Layer Chocolate Toffee Cake has three scrumptious layers of chocolate cake which sandwich a rich, fudgy buttercream frosting plus a bonus of toffee bits to add a sweet crunch.
Triple Layer Chocolate Toffee Cake | 3 rich chocolate layers filled with chocolate buttercream and toffee bits

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Triple Layer Chocolate Toffee Cake

With Valentine’s Day and the beginning of Lent converging on the same Wednesday, I knew I’d have to treat the family to an especially decadent dessert ahead of the holiday. Since I usually give up something like cookie dough or chocolate, it was definitely the time for a splurge. This triple layer chocolate toffee cake sounded just about right!

Triple Layer Chocolate Toffee Cake | 3 rich chocolate layers filled with chocolate buttercream and toffee bits

The Toffee Dilemma

I have loved English toffee since my first bite as a girl at our annual Christmas Day visit to our neighbors around the corner. Now if there’s any excuse to add toffee to a recipe, I’m all for it. The hubby, though, is not a fan. He did comment that this cake would be better without the crunchy stuff. Sigh.

He thought they were nuts, which I immediately denied claiming it was just sugary candy. Those Heath bits may say they have almonds in them, but you’d need a microscope to find any evidence. He seemed to accept that explanation and ate his fair share of this cake.

I’d call that a positive endorsement. Do you like toffee? How about nuts in your desserts? My vote is yes!

Triple Layer Chocolate Toffee Cake | 3 rich chocolate layers filled with chocolate buttercream and toffee bits

Two Sweetie Pies

Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month.

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Used in This Recipe:

  • 8-inch Round Cake Pans (I have 3 of each the 8-inch, 9-inch and 10-inch cake pans)
  • Stand mixer (Makes beating buttercream frosting for 5 full minutes SO much easier!)
  • Whisk (I love using this instead of sifting my dry ingredients together)

Triple Layer Chocolate Toffee Cake

Serves 12     adjust servings

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hr


Ingredients

Cake

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bag Heath bar bits

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Spray 3 8-inch round baking pans with non-stick cooking spray, line bottoms with parchment paper, spray again and set aside.

In small bowl whisk together the cocoa and boiling water until smooth. Cool.

In medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and then mix in vanilla. Slowly add the cocoa mix.

Add  a third of the flour mix, then the milk. Then another third of flour and the sour cream. Then, add the remaining flour and mix until well combined.

Divide the batter equally between the pans. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Cool for about 10-15 minutes, then remove from pans to cooling racks. Remove parchment and let cool to room temperature.  You can wrap and freeze at this time to finish cake at a later date.

To make the frosting, beat the butter and powdered sugar in a stand mixer for about 5 minutes. Add cocoa powder, vanilla and salt.

Slowly mix in heavy cream, a little at a time, then beat for 3-5 minutes on high or until frosting is fluffy.

To assemble, place one layer on cake plate. Pipe or spread on one third the frosting time. Sprinkle on Heath bits (as many or as little as you want).

Top with second layer and repeat toppings. Top with the third layer and pipe on remaining frosting (I used a star tip and topped with swirls of frosting) and sprinkle with more Heath bits.

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Recipe Notes

      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per Serving As Served
      Calories 718kcal Calories from fat 347
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 39g 60%
      Saturated Fat 24g 120%
      Transfat 1g
      Cholesterol 137mg 46%
      Sodium 265mg 11%
      Carbohydrate 95g 32%
      Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
      Sugars 74g
      Protein 6g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Calories 2000
      Total Fat Less than 65g
      Sat Fat Less than 25g
      Cholesterol Less than 300mg
      Sodium Less than 2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate 300g
      Dietary Fiber 25g
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      Triple Layer Chocolate Toffee Cake | 3 rich chocolate layers filled with chocolate buttercream and toffee bits

      Comments

      1. What a beautiful layered cake!

      2. Wow, a very special cake indeed! Your Bill stories always remind me of my oldest son… It can be challenging:@)

      3. Ha! The exchange between you and your husband sounds exactly like something that would happen here! This looks delicious!

      4. love the layers and very stunning cake!

      5. What a great chocolate treat for Valentines Day!!! The addition of sour cream always makes a cake so moist and delicious I think. So funny that your hubby didn’t like the bits … I’m sure he knows how lucky he is. Beautiful cake Liz!

      6. Chocolate and toffee, yes please! And add gorgeous to it, definitely YES PLEASE!

      7. My husband and I have totally different taste when it comes to cakes. It’s a dilemma but I know he would love this cake and I would have a slice also.

      8. Bill would love that cake, Liz! It definitely wouldn’t last long here. It looks delicous!!!

      9. Oh wow that is such a decadent and amazing cake. Lent and St-Val, wow what are the odds.

      10. I’m with you regarding toffee, it is my weakness. This cake looks absolutely wonderful!

      11. This cake si chocolate decadence. If I wanted to serve a cake that the entire family to enjoy, this would be the type that even my picky eater husband would eat (he doesn’t like to stray far from basic chocolate or vanilla cake with chocolate or vanilla frosting). Have a great Valentine’s Day, Liz!

      12. This cake is triple layers of goodness – love!!!

      13. Such a decadent cake! I love anything with heath bars.

      14. I love English toffee too and this cake is really pretty and definitely looks like a treat to me! YUM!

      15. How do you stay so skinny with all of these gorgeous desserts?!! We have not had a heath bar in ages but love them. Our family would adore your recipe for a special Valentine’s Day dessert. Sharing!

      16. This is simply delicious and so luxurious. Love the toffee cake, so so yum!!
        xoxo

      17. You made this for me, right? Right?! There is not much more I love in this world than chocolate with toffee. Adore this cake!!

      18. The perfect cake for Valentine’s Day. I love toffee and nuts. Too bad your hubby doesn’t enjoy them like you do.

      19. So pretty! Happy Valentine’s Day, dear! xoxo

      20. Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

        I bet this is every bit as delicious as it is beautiful!

      21. Can we do cupcakes instead of cake? Why are the measurements for 24 cupcakes and its.baking time?

        • Yes, that would definitely work. I would make the recipe as written and fill the cupcake liners about 2/3-3/4 full. Bake for about 20 minutes (check after 15 minutes in case they bake more quickly) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Since I haven’t made this recipe as cupcakes, it could make more than 24, but any extras can be frozen for later. Hope this helps!

      22. He doesn’t like toffee? How can that be? I could eat a box of Enstrom’s in one serving and probably this cake too! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day Liz!

      23. My goodness, this looks scrumptious! Such a gorgeous cake!

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