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Chocolate Toffee Cake

“I’ve been making this cake for years, and it’s the most requested cake from my family and friends for coffee get-togethers. Now that I have two grandsons, I serve it at birthdays, too!”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) milk chocolate English toffee bits
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • CAKE:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar


  • Combine the toffee bits, chips and brown sugar; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition (mixture will appear curdled). Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour a third of the batter into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Sprinkle with a third of the toffee mixture. Repeat layers twice. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack to cool completely. For icing, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add evaporated milk and brown sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Cool. Drizzle over cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 665 calories, 32g fat (18g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 417mg sodium, 89g carbohydrate (64g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • kavita
    Aug 20, 2017

    I was really looking forward to trying this cake as i love chocolate and toffee.This cake was just ok in taste and pretty dry. I think some added walnuts would have added flavor. It was not worth the time and effort and I will not be making this again. The glaze however was pretty good and simple to make. I will use the glaze for other cakes.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 2, 2017

    The cake was moist and delicious!! It didn't stay long around our house! The icing was also good!!

  • daniellem02
    Feb 21, 2015

    The cake was delicious--very rich and not dry at all. But the glaze wasn't good. I followed directions exactly (and they are not very complicated!) but it was grainy and thin, so I didn't use it. The cake is so sweet that I really didn't miss it. However, if you want a glaze, I would highly recommend you search this website for the one that goes on Taste of Home's "Cranberry cookies with Browned Butter glaze"--it is easy and fantastic.

  • shecooksalot
    Jan 19, 2012

    This cake was very yummy. I didn't have problems being too dry, in fact I thought it was a little on the moist side. It's also very rich!!! I left the frosting optional when I served it and it tasted great even without the frosting.

  • gdeezy
    Dec 20, 2010

    Cake was dry and we didn't care for the taste. I thought the glaze would help it out, but the evaporated milk gave it a strange taste. It would have been much better with half & half or even plain milk. Also, the chocolate chips added too heavy of a chocolate taste. I think it would have been tastier with just the chocolate toffee bits. It was a total waste of ingredients.

  • Penny McNeill
    Sep 25, 2010

    I made this cake for my family, and they LOVED it! I would make this cake again for sure. I'm not sure why someone would say that it was too dry. They must have over cooked it.

  • The pen
    Sep 23, 2010

    I've made this cake several times and was never dry. My family loves it.

  • kkutz
    Jun 26, 2010

    the was very dry,i will not make again,

  • CR25000
    Mar 4, 2010

    This cake was not good and should not have been a prize winner. Not very moist and a waste of ingredients. The icing was gross. I bake all the time and was very disappointed in this recipe. Don't waste your time. Cake is going in the trash.

  • mrskellygreen
    Feb 25, 2010

    It was definately a hit at our Christmas Eve family get-together. I'm sure it will be requested again next Christmas. I didnt have an issue with it being dry, maybe addumler overcooked it?