Caramel. Toffee. They’re both kind of a light brown color… they’re both often mixed with chocolate… and I think in my head, they were kind of the same thing. Like I know they’re not, but I didn’t realize they’re not. Does that make sense? No? Well that’s ok. Read on.
I love birthdays. Love them. Really, any reason to celebrate is good with me. So yesterday I volunteered to host a little birthday party for a few friends tonight. It was last minute so I didn’t do much preparing, but I knew I needed to make a cake. I mean, give me an excuse, and I’m happy to get in the kitchen 😉
I had stumbled upon this Brownie Caramel Pecan cake from Oh She Glows earlier this week and it looked SO good. But for some reason, Heath bars were calling my name… and I’m not very good at following directions… so I ended up making something new.
Caramel Heath Cake
Adapted from this recipe by Angela @ Oh She Glows
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup Heath chips (they’re in the chocolate chip aisle)
- 4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
50 caramel pieces, unwrapped
1 Tbsp. milk (I used coconut)
3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup Heath Bars, smashed
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (For the top)
And now for the preparation:
Heat your oven to 350, and grease a cake pan. (The spring form ones are perfect for this!)
Melt the butter, sugar and water on the stove until it just starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips and the heath chips. (They’re a mixture of toffee and chocolate, so they won’t melt quite as smooth as the chocolate chips.) You’ll have to stir for awhile until it’s almost smooth. Then beat in your eggs and vanilla.
Combine with the flour and baking soda and pour all of that into your greased pan and bake for 20 minutes.
While that’s in the oven, melt your caramel, butter & milk in the microwave. This will be a lot of 30 second intervals + stirring, over and over. You’ll start to think it’s not going to work, and you’ll start to get mad at me for making you do this, but don’t worry. You’ll forgive me in the end.
Take the cake out of the oven when a toothpick comes out clean, and then pop it out of the pan. Slide it on to wax paper, and then drizzle the caramel on top. While the caramel is still melted, sprinkle your crumbled heath bar + chocolate chips. Admire your work.
The only downside of cakes is… you can’t really taste test it… but based on the [4,000] tastes I had of the batter… it’s going to be good.
Let the celebrations begin!
What’s your favorite kind of cake?