Friday, August 8, 2014

Snickers Cake

My family makes so much fun of me because I dissect my Snickers candy bars with a knife before I eat them.  I have a really good reason for eating it this way though --- it tastes better!

I like to slice off the chocolate on the sides and the top and eat that first.  Next, I carefully cut off the nougat and peanut layer and eat that second.  Finally, I am left with the caramel layer and I eat that with the bottom layer of chocolate - sooo good.  I cannot possibly be the only person that eats a Snickers bar like this - right?

When I ran across this recipe for a Snickers CAKE on, I realized that it was the perfect excuse for EVERYONE to eat their Snickers candy bar with a knife and fork.  (It really is better that way - trust me.)  

Snickers Cake
For the Cake:
2½ cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup + 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons salt
3 eggs, at room temperature
1½ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
1½ cups strong black coffee, hot
¾ cup vegetable oil
4½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Nougat Filling:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup evaporated milk
1½ cups marshmallow fluff
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups salted peanuts, roughly chopped

Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Milk Chocolate Ganache

1. Make the Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 8-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper, grease the parchment, then flour the insides of the pans, tapping out excess; set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or large mixing bowl if you're using a hand mixer), sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix for an additional 20 seconds (the batter will be very thin).

4. Divide the batter evenly among prepared pans.

Bake for 20 minutes and rotate the pans in the oven. Continue to bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cakes comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs), about 12 more minutes. Cool the cakes (in the pans) on wire racks for 20 minutes, then carefully turn them out onto cooling racks to cool completely.

5. Make the Nougat Filling: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Add the sugar and evaporated milk, stirring until dissolved, and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from heat and add the marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and vanilla extract, stirring until completely smooth.

Fold in the peanuts.

Let the nougat mixture cool to room temperature before using it in the cake. You can do this leaving it at room temperature or you can pop it into the refrigerator to speed up the process. Be sure to give a stir occasionally as it cools.

Prepare caramel buttercream.

Spread half of the nougat mixture over one cake layer and drizzle with a bit of salted caramel sauce.

Repeat with another cake layer, remaining nougat and more caramel sauce.

Top with the final cake layer.

Frost top and sides with a thin layer of caramel buttercream.  Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Spread remaining buttercream on the sides of the chilled cake.

Make a batch of chocolate ganache and spread over top of cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.  Decorate the cake with chopped Snickers Bars.

Drooling yet?  Me too.


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