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Twix Cake

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This moist chocolate cake is topped with a sinful caramel frosting. I like to drizzle it with more caramel, and chocolate sauce. Our family goes crazy for this cake since it tastes just like a Twix candy bar.

 

A whole chocolate cake with caramel buttercream and twix bars.

Can't decide between cake or candy? Do what I do and eat both! This cake features one of my favorite childhood candies, Twix (I've also turned them into Rice Krispies).  A Twix bar has a biscuit center and caramel wrapped in a rich milk chocolate coating.  I mimicked that with rich chocolate cake and fluffy caramel buttercream.

If you have a caramel lover in your life, you need to try this cake. I am still dreaming about that frosting! This Twix cake would also be wonderful to make as a birthday cake.

Why This Recipe Is a Must Try

  1. Quick to make: Just like my Reese's cake this recipe starts with a cake mix. They taste just as good as homemade and turn out perfect every single time. You can also skip the decorations, and just frost a crumb coat, and one layer of frosting on the outside.
  2. Showstopper: I like to drizzle mine with caramel and chocolate sauce, and then pipe stars on top for a bakery-style look.
  3. Caramel Buttercream: SO delicious, and so easy. You are going to be spreading this on cardboard and eating it, it is that good.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cake Mix: Use your favorite chocolate cake mix. I'm partial to Betty Crocker's Triple Chocolate variety.
  • Caramel Sauce: Use the caramel ice cream topping that comes in a squeeze bottle. I used Hershey's.
  • Candy Bars: This recipe would also be wonderful with Milky Ways, Snickers, or even Carmellos.

A collage showing how to ice and decorate a twix cake.

How To Make Twix Cake

  1. Bake the cakes: Preheat the oven and grease pans. Combine all ingredients, and bake until a toothpick comes out clean.
  2. For the frosting: Combine butter, caramel sauce, salt,and vanilla. Stir in powdered sugar a little at a time. Add heavy cream as needed to reach your desired consistency.
  3. Build Cake: Layer the cake and around 1 cup of frosting. Frost top layer, and down the sides.
  4. Decorate: Drizzle chocolate and caramel sauces over the sides of the cake to form a drip effect. Pipe remaining frosting on top of the cake, and garnish with mini Twix bars.

Cake Tips and Tricks

  1. Do not overbake: Your cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. It is okay if it has a few crumbs. However, it if still has wet batter continue baking in 2-3 minutes increments. Try not to overbake as that can lead to a dry cake.
  2. Easy release: Line your cake pans with parchment paper to ensure they come out perfectly intact every single time.
  3. Use a cake board: Build your cake with a piece of cake board on the bottom for added stability. This will make it easier to carry from one place to another. It also helps you frost on a rotating cake stand if you desire.
  4. Use a cake leveler for flat layers. This will make stacking them much easier, and also makes it less likely they'll slide off.
  5. Drip Technique: To easily make drips use a rotating cake plate, and a condiment squeeze bottle.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should I Store Cake?

You can store your cake in an airtight container in the fridge, if you have any leftovers. It will last about 3-5 days.

Can You Make It Ahead?

Yes! Make up to 3 days in advance. This is a great option to have if you’re having a birthday party. If you’re going to serve this at a weekend birthday party, then consider making it on Thursday or Friday evening. Store it in the fridge until ready to serve.

Can You Freeze Iced Cakes?

Surprisingly iced cakes freeze wonderfully. Freeze for around 1-2 hours to set the frosting. Then wrap in a layer of plastic wrap, and place into an air tight container. Thaw an hour or 2 on the counter, or overnight in the fridge.

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A whole chocolate cake with caramel buttercream and twix bars.

Twix Cake

Moist chocolate cake topped with a sinful caramel buttercream. If you like Twix, you're going devour this cake.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Lactose
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 16 Slices
Calories: 752kcal

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Ingredients

For the Chocolate Cake

  • 2 Boxes Triple Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 ½ Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil

For the Caramel Frosting

  • 2 Cups Butter Softened
  • 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 4 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce
  • 1 Pinch Salt

For Decoration

  • 1 Bottle Caramel Sauce
  • 1 Bottle Chocolate Sauce
  • 20 Mini Twix Bars Halved
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Instructions

For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cake pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Evenly divide batter into (3) 9 inch pans.
  • Bake for 28-35 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completley.

For the Buttercream

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, caramel sauce ,vanilla, and salt.
  • Stir in powdered sugar a little at a time. Add heavy cream as needed to reach your desired consistency.

Assembly

  • Cut off domes of cakes using a cake leveler.
  • Place the first cake layer onto a cake board.
  • Spread first layer with around 1 cup of frosting. Repeat with remaining layers.
  • Frost top and sides of the last layer. using a flat metal spatula.
  • Use a squeeze bottle to drip caramel and chocolate sauce down the sides of the cake.
  • Use a star top to pipe frosting on top of cake, and garnish with Twix candy bars if desired.

Notes

Ingredient Notes

  • Cake Mix: Use your favorite chocolate cake mix. I'm partial to Betty Crocker's Triple Chocolate variety.
  • Caramel Sauce: Use the caramel ice cream topping that comes in a squeeze bottle. I used Hershey's.
  • Candy Bars: This recipe would also be wonderful with Milky Ways, Snickers, or even Carmellos.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Easy release: Line your cake pans with parchment paper to ensure they come out perfectly intact every single time.
  2. Use a cake board: Build your cake with a piece of cake board on the bottom for added stability. This will make it easier to carry from one place to another. It also helps you frost on a rotating cake stand if you desire.
  3. Use a cake leveler for flat layers. This will make stacking them much easier, and also makes it less likely they'll slide off.
  4. Drip Technique: To easily make drips use a rotating cake plate, and a condiment squeeze bottle.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 696mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This was perfect for my daughter's birthday! Twix cake was such a big hit here! Definitely making this again!