Friday, April 8, 2011

Butterfinger Cake

 For my Mom's birthday today I whipped up this easy 5-ingredient Butterfinger Cake.  My Mom isn't a big sweet fanatic, but on the off chance she craves something sweet, she always goes for a Butterfinger.  My Mom and I saw this recipe for Butterfinger Cake when we were flipping through an old church cookbook months ago and we've been eager to make it ever since. Since birthday cake has zero calories, today was the day to give it a go!    
This cake is incredibly easy.  In fact, my ten year old pretty much made it herself.  You start with a devil's food cake mix (preferably the cheapest box, without the pudding, or any added moisture).  Prepare the cake mix according to the instructions on the box.  Remove the cake from the oven and IMMEDIATELY poke holes all over the cake with a fork.
 
Mix a can of sweetened condensed milk together with a whole jar of caramel sauce (talk about luscious).  Pour the entire mixture over the warm cake.  Pour the mixture in slowly so that it has time to soak in.  It will seem like too much, but it's not.  Now it's time to let the cake chill.  Chill until completely cool.

After the cake is chilled completely, spread cool whip over the top.
Sprinkle crushed Butterfinger bar on top of the cake and serve.  Easy and delicious!
Butterfinger Cake
Makes 1 (9x13"cake)
Source: unknown

1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix 
1 bottle caramel topping (I used Smucker's from the ice cream aisle)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tub of cool whip (I used the smaller one)
1 Butterfinger bar (I used a King sized bar)

Note: When you go to buy your cake mix you definitely DON'T want to buy a super moist cake, or one with pudding in the mix.  In fact, what you really want is the cheap version or store-brand.  

Prepare cake according to package directions.  Immediately after removing cake from oven, poke several holes all over the top with a fork.  Mix sweetened condensed milk and caramel together.  Slowly pour the mixture over the cake allowing it to soak in.  DO NOT pour the mixture over the cake all at once.  This will result in a mess (I'm speaking from experience here).  NOTE:  It will appear that there is too much of the caramel mixture but it really does soak in beautifully.  Now it is time to chill the cake.  Chill it until it is completely cooled.  After the cake has completely cooled, spread the coo whip over the top and sprinkle the crushed Butterfinger bar on top of the Cool Whip.
Notes/Results:  The cake was wonderful.  I was expecting a very heavy and dense cake, but it was surprisingly light.  Although light in texture it was fairly rich, making a small piece more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.  It was truly a wonderful dessert with just the right balance, not too sweet or too rich.  I especially love that the kids were able to make it almost completely by themselves.  I would definitely consider taking this to a potluck as it is easy to transport and keeps well. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

20 comments:

  1. Wow--that is a decadent cake and it looks delicious! Good plan to make it for a Birthday when it is calorie free. ;-) I like your thinking.

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  2. That looks like a great birthday cake. What a good daughter- and granddaughter.

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  3. drool, that is some good eating there! Have a super weekend.

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  4. My WEAKNESS!! I LOOOOOOVE Butterfingers =) This is so sinful...I must have it!

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  5. Now this looks like my husband's dream dessert right here. Looks divine!

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  6. I love birthday cakes with 0 calories. And I love the idea of loving a candy bar and turning it into a cake. Perfect!

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  7. OMG!Decadence is right. I'd love a taste. Your girl is so cute!

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  8. Wowowowow! That really is QUITE a cake! Not gonna lie but when you posted on fbook about all of these birthdays coming up...I got pretty excited about all the cake that's to come.

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  9. How positively decadent with the condensed milk and caramel sauce! I bet it's super moist and sticky on the inside. Irresistible. Your daughter is adorable!

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  10. Love love love this cake Kim! I made this a few months ago and it's one of my favourites. So easy and SO yummy and I agree, it's lighter than you would think. Delicious!

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  11. Absolutely heavenly! I bet this cake is soooo good!

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  12. This reminds me of Homer Simpson drooling and saying, "Mmmmmmmmmmmmm....Butterfinger!"

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  13. My kids would have a blast putting this together. I love Butterfingers!

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  14. I'd eat that whole cake if it were in front of me! That is, if my husband didn't get to it before me! All that caramel and sweetened condensed milk? Where has this cake recipe been all of my life. I gotta make this and blow the diet!

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  15. I'm glad to know birthday cake has zero calories :) This one looks like it's worth the calories though!

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  16. what a sweet daughter you are! and amen on the zero calorie birthday cake. this looks so good, i love the soaked up caramel, heaven!

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  17. I've just bookmarked this to make for DSO's friend's birthday. Your daughter is a cutie!

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  18. Oh my gosh, this looks luscious, luscious, luscious!!! I'm imagining how wonderful that condensed milk and caramel soaked cake must have been. Incredible!

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  19. I love the picture of your daughter! Great how easy this cake is. It reminds me of a chocolate tres leche cake.
    Mimi

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