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Candy Bar Cake

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cake

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened Cocoa powder, sifted
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate
  • 1 ¼ cup cooled water
  • ¼ cup Hills Bros.® Double Mocha Cappuccino Mix
  • 4 oz. Firm Tofu, crumbled and packed into ½ cup
  • 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

Milky Caramel Syrup

Frosting and Garnish

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup malted milk powder
  • One pinch salt
  • 3 cups confectionary sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions:

Chocolate Cake

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of two 8” round cake pans with parchment paper, grease the sides and bottom with cooking spray, and dust them with cocoa powder. Boil the water and add the Double Mocha cappuccino mix to it. Mix well and let it cool.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Blend the tofu along with oil, vinegar, and cooled mocha cappuccino into a smooth mixture. Add the melted chocolate and blend again until smooth. Add the tofu mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well until no lumps remain. Divide the batter between the prepared pans.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Remove from the oven.

Milky Caramel Syrup

While the cake is baking, make the syrup. Combine sugar, cream, salted caramel cappuccino mix, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring this to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Next, stir in the salted caramel and mix well. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.

Once the cake comes out of the oven, poke holes with a skewer at one inch intervals. Generously brush the syrup onto the hot cakes. Make sure to evenly distribute the syrup between the two cakes. Now let the cakes cool in the pans completely.

Mocha Milk Chocolate Frosting

Combine the butter, malted milk powder, salt, and 2 cups of the sugar in a large bowl and beat with a mixer until incorporated. Add the remaining sugar and beat until the frosting is pale and no longer grainy. Add the vanilla and mix well. Add the melted chocolate and beat until the frosting is very light and fluffy.

To Assemble

Once the cakes are completely cooled and the syrup is absorbed (about 1-2 hours), remove the cake from the pan onto a cake stand or serving plate. Frost the first layer with the frosting and sprinkle some chopped candy. Place the second layer on top and finish frosting the sides and the top.

Finally, sprinkle the remaining candy on top of the cake. Chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

To make the cake with eggs

Use ¾ cup full fat plain yogurt, 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, and 4 room temperature large eggs instead of tofu and vegetable oil.

Prep time 30 minutes cook time, 30 minutes total time 3-4 hours; serves 12

Recipe credit: Cook’s Hideout

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