Friday, April 9, 2010

Gooey Toffee Butter Cake


Just when you think it's safe to pack away your sweaters and jackets and pull out your sundresses and sandals winter decides to make another appearance.  Yes, that's right- last weekend we welcomed spring to D.C. and this weekend we welcomed back winter.  What better way to beat the cold than a nice piece of gooey toffee butter cake.  As Paula Deen would say, nothing's better than butter!

One of my best friends from high school who also happens to be a baking buddy in D.C.and her sister had a few friends over tonight for dinner on their patio.  We lit a fire, grabbed some blankets, and actually sat outside the entire time, mind you I did keep my coat on.  

I wanted to make something for tonight's dinner, but didn't have much time to prepare.  I opted for this Paula Deen recipe which calls for a box cake mix plus a few other ingredients I had on hand.  The prep took about 15-20 minutes and baking was about 45 minutes.  The result was literally gooey toffee yumminess and kept us warm out there in the cold.

Gooey Toffee Butter Cake
adapted from Paula Deen

1 box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted 

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup chopped heath bar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan.

With an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, egg, and butter.  Mix well.  Pat into the bottom of the baking pan and set aside.

Still using the electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Pour in the powdered sugar and beat well.  Reduce the mixer speed and pour in the butter.  Mix well.  Fold in the heath bar bits.

Pour the filling on top of the cake mixture and spread evenly.  Bake for 45 minutes.  The edges should begin to pull away from the pan and the center should still be a bit gooey.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Pictured below is Paula Deen throwing out the first pitch at the Washington National's baseball game on May 19, 2010.  Great job Paula!