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Cake #5: Toffee Caramel Crunch

Cake no. 5  :   Toffee Caramel Crunch bundt 

(taken from Carlsbadcravings.com)

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Well, I’m just gonna come out and say it.  I regret giving this cake away.  Now I know, I know, I know, I can’t eat all of the cake that I bake this year.  But let me tell you: I want to.    This one is definitely going on the “keeper” short list!  It was gooey, sticky, sweet and basically amazing.  At least that’s what I heard, since I didn’t actually taste it.     But, You can see for yourself in the photos…

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Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to make it again so I can have a piece.  or two.  or three.  Maybe you should make it for your super bowl party.  It is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened,
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 8 oz.  bag of toffee bits (I use Heath Bits O’ Brickle Toffee Bits)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 Recipe Easy Creamy Caramel Sauce

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          Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and generously spray all surfaces of a 12 cup nonstick bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray WITH FLOUR*, OR grease and flour the inside. Set aside.
  2. Beat the butter until creamy then add sugars, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just the yellow disappears after each egg.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternately with milk in between each third. Beat until just combined. Stir in toffee bits and pecans then spoon batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake until a wood pick inserted near the center of cake comes out clean, 85 – 90 minutes. You may need to cover the top of the cake with foil near the end of cooking time to prevent excess browning.
  5. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Spoon caramel over cake and devour.

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Easy Creamy Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 – 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Add butter, brown sugar, water, and salt to medium saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring until butter melts.
  2. Bring to boil for 5 minutes (it will bubble a lot!), stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup evaporated milk and vanilla. Add additional evaporated milk to reach desired consistency.

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