My new Candy Bar Cake is sure to knock your socks off with layers of chocolate cake baked on a shortbread cookie crust, filled with peanut butter nougat, chopped roasted peanuts, and salted caramel, and topped with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache.
I turned 35 last week! Another year older, another year wiser (I’m hoping), and another year of making my own birthday cake 🙂
It’s true. I make my own birthday cake – every year – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Well, last year, however, I did let my son Westin make a cake for me… but I also made myself a cake. I couldn’t help it. It’s something I love to do. Plus, two is always better than one, right?!
When planning my cake, I ran some ideas by my bestie, and one of my favorite taste testers, Lisa. We have similar taste when it comes to sweets, so I knew if my idea sounded good to Lisa, it would be a hit. Among my grand cake ideas was a candy bar inspired cake – something sweet and salty, with a combination of textures and flavors.
Candy Bar Cake
I love so many candy bars but narrowed down the inspiration for this cake to two of my all-time favorites – Twix and Peanut Butter Snickers. I love the shortbread cookie inside the Twix bar, so I baked my favorite chocolate cake on top of a the shortbread cookie crumbs I used in my Samoa Cake.
To fill this cake like a Twix and Peanut Butter Snickers, I used Milk Bar’s peanut butter nougat recipe with roasted peanuts and a homemade salted caramel sauce. The combination is truly incredible! I then topped the cake with my favorite peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache and tons of Snickers.
This cake is a serious winner! In fact, both my mom and Lisa claimed it as their new number one cake!
Hope you love it as much as we do!