Monday, June 4, 2012

Butterfinger Caramel Chocolate Cake (SRC)

For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to Crystal's blog, Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

Crystal is a fellow southerner.  She's also a field editor for Taste of Home magazine, the Cooking Neighbor for the Life Around Home community, a home-schooling mama, and the owner of 23 pets (13 of which are chickens).  Crystal, dear, when do you sleep?  :)

Shut-eye aside, Crystal's Butterfinger cake is so easy and delicious that it could be made in one's sleep.  

Here's how to do it:

Prepare a chocolate cake in a 9x13-inch pan.  (Use a box mix or your favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe.)

As soon as it comes out of the oven, vigorously poke it with a fork.

Then pour over this deliciousness.


Further poke it to encourage absorption.

Oh my.  Does anyone else want to do the backstroke in that puddle of sauce?
Allow the caramel-drenched cake to chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

Then spread it with Cool-Whip (or make whipped cream from scratch).

Use a rolling pin to crush three Butterfinger candy bars inside a Zip-Lock bag.

And sprinkle the crushed candy on top of the whipped cream.

Good gravy. 

I really hope you'll make this one.  And please do stop by Crystal's blog to see her other wonderful recipes. 

Here's the lovely printable.

Butterfinger Caramel Chocolate Cake 
Makes one 13x9-inch cake

1 (18.25-ounce) box of Devil's Food Cake Mix, baked according to package directions*
1 (15 -ounce) jar caramel sauce**
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (8-ounce) container of Cool Whip***

3 (2.1-ounce) Butterfinger bars, crushed

Prepare cake according to package directions in a 13x9-inch pan that has been greased and lined with (buttered) parchment paper.   

While cake is baking, whisk together the caramel sauce and the sweetened condensed milk. Set aside.

As soon as cake is done, remove it from the oven and liberally prick with a fork.  

Slowly pour the caramel/milk mixture over the hot cake.  You may continue to prick the cake with the fork to encourage further absorption of the caramel sauce. 

Cover cake with plastic wrap (stick toothpicks in the cake to keep the plastic wrap from sticking to the cake).  Refrigerate for two hours. 

Spread the Cool Whip over cake.  Sprinkle the crushed Butterfingers over the Cool Whip. 

Substitutions and Notes
*I substituted this from-scratch chocolate cake.
**I used Hershey's brand.
***I substituted 9 ounces of whipped heavy cream, sweetened with 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar.

Crystal's original post lives here.


Mrs Happy Homemaker said...

I love that you chose this cake - it's one of my favorite desserts ever! My daughters request it for every one of their birthday cakes too :) Oh, and as for the sleep - coffee is my best friend & confidant. ;)

Micha @ Cookin' Mimi said...

Butterfinger cake is one of my favorite desserts ever. I need to make it again soon.

Sara said...

Wow, I've never heard of this type of cake but it looks AMAZING - yum!!!

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Amy Anderson said...

Yes, I do want to swim in that sauce!

If you haven't already, I'd love it if you'd check out my SRC pick this month: Dark Chocolate S’mores Pie!

Lisa~~ said...

Oh my word, I must this cake, YUM!

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Candied Popcorn.

Cook Lisa Cook

Jaida said...

Oh my...this cake looks like trouble! Great pick!

Shumaila said...

I am drooling all over my keyboard! This is indulgence at its best! Pinning it!

singerinkitchen said...

Sweets coma! Never had a cake like this before but i like the step by step.

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I'm loving this cake! And totally drooling over it.

I made your kale chips and chocolate revel bars for SRC. I haven't stopped eating the revel bars since. ;-)

The Heritage Cook said...

I am definitely making this, but it will be with freshly whipped cream for me ... it is just too good to pass up!

Susie said...

Looks very Butterfinger-loving husband would be thrilled to find this one day!

The Daily Smash said...

Yummy this looks so good. I need to try it soon.

Love your blog

Check out my food blog if you haven't already :)

Texas Food Handlers said...

I can't really describe how to say that this recipe is really yummy and delicious. AMAZING is really underdescribed with what you posted.

Anonymous said...

As an aside, you can boil that condensed milk in the can and you'll end up with a lovely caramel sauce without having to resort to the 'fake' sauce.

Unknown said...

Yes please!! They all look incredible & now I really really want a piece. Delicious!!