Family Friendly Fridays: Pretzel Toffee Crusted Chocolate Cake

Raise your hand if you love chocolate.  Now raise your hand if you love pretzels.  How about toffee?  Ok, now that we’ve done our arm exercises for the day,  put your hands down and prepare to indulge in a flavorful, finger-licking, frosting enveloped treat.  I introduce to you; the pretzel toffee crusted chocolate cake.

Not for the faint of heart, this cake is moist and chocolaty inside with a creamy chocolate buttercream frosting on the outside made better only by the addition of a smathering of pretzel toffee dust, sprinkled generously over the inside and outside layers of the cake.  The toffee and pretzels add a surprising and unexpected crunch to the cake that will leave you craving a second piece almost immediately after finishing the first.  If you don’t believe me, just ask my husband.  He’s a chocoholic and can’t seem to keep his mits away.   Is that a second piece I see on his plate?  Guilty as charged.

Ingredients Needed:

For Cake:

1 Cup of Sugar
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
2 Eggs
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 Cup of Milk
1 4 Oz Pkg. of Chocolate Pudding
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
11/2 Cups of Flour
2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/8 tsp of Salt

For the Frosting:

11/2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1 Stick of Butter
1 tsp of Vanilla
2 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp of Milk

For the Topping:

1 Cup of Pretzels, Mulched
1 Large Heath Bar, Mulched

Start out by creaming together your sugar and butter.

Add in the eggs, vanilla and milk.  Mix it together well.

Add in the pudding mix and the cocoa.

Finally you’ll add in the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix together.

Grease and add parchment paper to 2 9″ cake pans.  Pour your batter in and bake them at 350 for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool your cake completely.

While your cakes are cooling go ahead and grab up your frosting ingredients.  To whip up a batch of chocolate frosting, add in our powdered sugar and butter and cream them together.

Add in the vanilla, cocoa, and milk.  Mix it up well.  Now if that doesn’t look good, I don’t know what does.  Anyone wanna lick the beater?

Take your first cake, spread a generous amount of frosting over the top and sprinkle your toffee pretzel goodness generously over the top.

Here’s my toffee and pretzels before:

And after.

And here’s the frosted layer.

And as we all know, one layer is never enough so pop on the second layer and frost it up well.  Don’t forget the pretzel toffee goodness!

Just see how long it lasts.  I see a second slice in your future.

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Pretzel Toffee Crusted Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

For Cake:

1 Cup of Sugar
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
2 Eggs
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 Cup of Milk
1 4 Oz Pkg. of Chocolate Pudding
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
11/2 Cups of Flour
2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/8 tsp of Salt

For the Frosting:

11/2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1 Stick of Butter
1 tsp of Vanilla
2 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp of Milk

For the Topping:

1 Cup of Pretzels, Mulched
1 Large Heath Bar, Mulched

Directions:

Start out by creaming together your sugar and butter.

Add in the eggs, vanilla and milk. Mix it together well.

Add in the pudding mix and the cocoa.

Finally you'll add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix together.

Grease and add parchment paper to 2 9" cake pans. Pour your batter in and bake them at 350 for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool your cake completely.

While your cakes are cooling go ahead and grab up your frosting ingredients.

To whip up a batch of chocolate frosting, add in our powdered sugar and butter and cream them together.

Add in the vanilla, cocoa, and milk. Mix it up well.

Take your first cake, spread a generous amount of frosting over the top and sprinkle your toffee pretzel goodness generously over the top.

Repeat with the second layer.

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43 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Pretzel Toffee Crusted Chocolate Cake”

  1. 1

    Miranda — January 14, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    OMG, that cake looks to die for! I have some of those heath bits in my baking cabinet and I could never figure out what to do with them. Great idea to do a topping like this!

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    Chaplain Donna — January 14, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    How unique! This cake looks delicious!

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    Katerina — January 14, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    This is so innovative adding pretzels in the middle. This alternation from sweet to savory and vice versa is very interesting.

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — January 14, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    Wow what a genius idea…pretzels and chocolate – always a good combo!

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    Cara — January 14, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    This looks delicious!! I love pretzels and chocolate! (In fact, I even used to dip my pretzels from my lunch bag into my chocolate pudding!)

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    Brenda — January 14, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    What an amazing looking cake Julie, I love that sweet and salty combo. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

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    Emily Z — January 14, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Wow, this cake looks and sounds absolutely amazing. I’d take two slices if I could!

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    Roz — January 14, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    This cake looks so delicious!!!! WOW! Now can you tell me where to link up my post to your party? I don’t see the link-up. Thanks! Roz Please stop by mine too!

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    Roz — January 14, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    oops, i just found it!

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    Faith — January 14, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Ok.. First off, I am really happy it’s Friday for 2 reasons:

    1) It means the weekend is near
    2) I get to see your family freinly Friday

    Now to the masterpiece you’ve made. It looks to die for Julie. I would eat it with no guilt since it’s very worth it.

    Have a great weekend.

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    Beth — January 14, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    I wouldn’t have thought of putting pretzels and chocolate together, but this cake sounds wonderful!

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    Mari's Cakes — January 14, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    I love it!!! I like the taste of pretzels with chocolate. I hope I can find pretzel in my local supermarket.

    Happy FRIDAY!

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    Karishma — January 14, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    How do you manage to bake/cook and take such mouthwatering step by step pics too…great pics and recipe!

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    anne — January 14, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    ooh, la la super yummy as usual! Hvae a great weekend! anne

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    anne — January 14, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    i forgot…i posted your bruschetta dip recipe today!! And I see Roz is now your follower, check her out, you will love her site!! anne

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    OMG! Yummy — January 14, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    Pretzels, chocolate, salt – you’ve hit all the high points for me :-) I want to live near you so I can eat dessert more often!

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    rebecca — January 14, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    wow this looks so good I want a slice next time we meet!!!!

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    5 Star Foodie — January 14, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    A wonderfully decadent treat! I love the idea of the crunch from the pretzels and toffee!

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    Tara — January 14, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    My husband would LOVE this recipe! I will have to try this when we get back from Africa! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    Miel Abeille — January 15, 2011 @ 1:22 am

    This recipe will do nothing good for my waistline! yum!

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    Anna Johnston — January 15, 2011 @ 4:01 am

    I would find it so hard not to have a slice or two of this cake… YUM :)

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    Sanjeeta kk — January 15, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    That really is very innovative way to present a cake! Love the Pretzels in it.

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    Rita — January 15, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    I love this kind of recipe; i know for sure it would be a hit in this house.

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    Amber — January 15, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    That looks fabulous. Yum. Thank you for sharing.

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    Susan — January 15, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    I love chocolate and the combination with pretzels is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to try!

    Susan http://www.ugogrrl.com

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — January 15, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    Oh my gosh! I want that. I want to lick the beater too!

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    Monet — January 16, 2011 @ 12:46 am

    Chocolate covered pretzels are some of my favorite after work snack. And I adored heath bars growing up! I would buy one every Friday as an end of the week treat. Needless to say this cake sounds AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing. May your Sunday burst forth with joy and love.

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    debbie — January 16, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Yum! I love pretzels in baked goods. That crunch and the slight saltiness are incredible.

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    A little bit of everything — January 16, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Wow, this cake looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Love the crunchy bite given by the pretzel.
    thanks for sharing Julie

    sent you a FoodBuzz friend request :)

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    grace — January 17, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    how unique! those of us aboard the salty-sweet train are happy passengers indeed. :)

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    Maranda — January 18, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    This looks so good. Sadly, I don’t like pretzels with chocolate. I like them both individually but just not together. This cake is gorgeous though!

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    Medeja — January 21, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I feel so much more hungry than before.. :) Cake looks delicious :) tempting chocolate cake..

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    Andi — January 21, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    the other day I was browsing recipes looking for a coffee cake recipe I made in my high school foods and nutrition class (aka home ec) and couldn’t find it.

    This is like an answer to my quest for coffee cake!

    btw, my friend tipped me off to your blog and I’m hooked!

  34. 34

    Holly L — January 23, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    I know what I am making hubby for his birthday! I needed a new recipe and this is perfect!

    Did I tell you I made your tamales (4 times now) and they are awesome!

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    Laura — January 27, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    Amazing looking cake. Genius to combine chocolate, pretzels and toffee. I have been making cake with my kids every thurs or fri and decorating the cake based on the week’s parsha (Torah reading for the week). I guess you could call them Bible cakes . . . Tasty and educational. My last cake was of the ten commandments, and the one before that was the splitting of the Red Sea, but I’m sure you get the idea.

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    pavithra — February 1, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Wow wow love the flavors, textures and pictures.. everything is mindblowing.. Wish I can have the slice..absolutely mouthwatering.

    Pavithra
    http://www.dishesfrommykitchen.com

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    Laura — February 2, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    I love chocolate and I love pretzels. I’ll have to give this recipe a try…oh who am I kidding! I don’t cook…maybe you could send me one in the mail :)

    Happy SITS Day!

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    Amy von Oven — February 2, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    My daughter will love this…. I just really started cooking again and I love it. I am so glad I have found your site.

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    Carrie — February 2, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    OH MY GOODNESS, that is decadent. I’m thinking we might need to test it out as a Valentine’s Day treat!

    Happy SITS Day!

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    Simone — February 2, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    Oh My.
    Yes you should totally serve this cake to Brangelina!
    It sounds out of this world.
    Like Nothing we have ever heard of here in new Zealand (well I guess we ARE at the bottom of the world)
    Happy SITS day :)

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