When I tasted this dessert that my friend Emily originally made, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist getting the recipe from her and making it my own. The dessert is a lovely combination of not too sweet buttermilk chocolate cake, lightly sweetened whipped cream, and rich caramel sauce topped with homemade toffee. Of course you could always substitute the homemade toffee for crushed Heath bars if you desired as well.
For this cake, you will need to make one recipe each of:
1.) Butterscotch Caramel Sauce
2.) Homemade Toffee (recipe coming soon)
You will use about half of each recipe above.
The following are recipes for the whipped cream and buttermilk chocolate cake:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 T sugar, white
Whip together using the highest possible setting on your mixer until soft peaks form, about three minutes.
Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
¼ c cocoa
1 c water
½ c butter
2 c flour
2 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
½ c oil
½ c buttermilk
Note: If you do not have buttermilk for this recipe, you can make traditional buttermilk by taking one cup of heavy whipping cream and beating for about ten minutes. The whipped cream mixture will separate into about 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1/2 cup butter. Use this butter for the 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup buttermilk called for in the above recipe.
Boil one cup of water in a teapot or pan on the stove. In a medium size pan, add the boiling water, cocoa, and butter together. Heat until butter melts, but do not boil. Remove from heat.
In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and baking soda.
Whisk together the eggs, oil and buttermilk, then transfer to the dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed just until moistened.
Add the cocoa mixture to the egg and flour mixture and beat to completely combine. Batter will be runny.
Bake in a greased and floured (I use cocoa powder) medium bunt pan at 350 F for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool in pan for five minutes, then remove from pan and cool on wire rack completely.
Buttermilk Chocolate Toffee Cake Assembly
Take one slice of buttermilk chocolate cake and top first with 2 T whipped cream, 2 T rich caramel sauce that has been warmed, and then a sprinkle of crushed homemade toffee or Heath bars. Serve immediately.