Needless to say, this Christmas Chocolate Toffee Cake is a chocolate lover’s dream. Decadent chocolate cake with smooth and silky chocolate ganache filling and toffee bits, topped with caramel whipped cream and white chocolate curls is fancy enough to take a central place on your Christmas table!
If you love chocolate cake as much as I do, I think you’re really going to enjoy this Christmas Chocolate Toffee Cake I’m sharing with you today.
After many delicious desserts recipes I shared recently (like this very popular Custard Cake), it was high time I baked a cake, DECADENT CHOCOLATE CAKE!
I opened my Christmas baking season a long time ago while you still seemed to have a lot of time until holidays. But the time passes so quickly. I wanted to supply you with great recipes that will make planning your Christmas Baking a snap this year.
I tried to find the perfect cookies for Santa this year so I made White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies and Strawberry Shortbread Cookies. But I’m sure that Santa won’t mint if you leave him on Christmas Eve White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Truffles instead of cookies. They are melt-in-your-mouth good.
If you take a look at my cake recipes, you will probably notice that the majority of them have thick layer of chocolate ganache on top. I like to put chocolate ganache on top of everything, cheesecakes (Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust, Reese’s Cheesecake), cakes (Oreo Cheesecake Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Pound Cake, Boston Cream Pie Pound Cake), cupcakes…
Well, chocolate ganache is the amazing chocolate concoction. Two simple ingredients, chocolate and cream, and you could make everything from glazes to truffles.
This time I did not want to settle for just one layer of chocolate ganache on top of the cake. I wanted more! This rich and decadent chocolate goodness have to be in every single bite of this Christmas Chocolate Toffee Cake. Therefore I’ve decided to use chocolate ganache as a filling for my cake.
But this is not just another ordinary chocolate cake what you’ve seen a million times! I wanted this Christmas Chocolate Toffee Cake to became a really special, festive dessert!
Therefore I’ve decided to spice things up a little bit! I made this dense but moist chocolate cake with smooth and silky chocolate ganache filling but I covered each ganache layer with a cup of toffee bits. Toffee bites take this decadent chocolate cake over the top.
Since this cake is intended to be a Christmas treat, I wanted it to be white on the outside. Christmas Chocolate Toffee Cake already has enough of chocolate flavor so I could cover it with whipped cream. But it’s not just ordinary whipped cream. I made caramel flavored whipped cream and garnished it with white chocolate curls on top. If you bake it for Christmas you could garnished it with some gingerbread cookies, the taste will match perfectly.
This Christmas Chocolate Toffee Cake is a chocolate lover’s dream and fancy enough to take a central place on your Christmas table!
For the Cake:
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter -softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 16 oz. semisweet chocolate chopped into small pieces
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons runny honey or light corn syrup
- 1 ½ cups toffee bits
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar(or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup caramel sauce
- White chocolate block or bar for garnish-optional
NOTES!!! Make the ganache in advance, because it takes a few hours to set!!! It should be smooth enough to spread, but not too runny!!!
To make the Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease three 9-inch round baking pans and line bottoms with parchment paper, then grease and flour paper and set aside
- First, in small bowl stir cocoa and boiling water until smooth, then set aside to cool.
- In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda and salt, set aside, too.
- Now, in large bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Then, add eggs(one at a time) beating well after each addition. Next, stir in vanilla.
- Then, gradually add cocoa mixture and beat well until evenly combined.
- Alternately add 1/3 of flour mixture, milk, 1/3 of flour mixture, sour cream, the rest of flour mixture and mix until well blended.
- Divide batter into prepared pans and bake 28-35 minutes (until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean). Cool 10 minutes in the pans, remove from pans to wire racks and carefully peel off wax paper. Cool completely.
To make the ganache:
- First, place finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
- Then, in a small sauce pan combine heavy cream and honey, heat over low-medium heat until just start to simmer around the edges, but don’t boil the heavy cream.
- Pour over chopped chocolate and let it sit for a few minutes, then stir well until the chocolate is completely melted and the ganache is smooth and shiny.
- Cover the ganache and chill, stirring occasionally, until thickened but spreadable, about 3 hours. It should be smooth enough to spread, but not too runny!!! If it’s too thick let it sit at room temperature until softened.
Assembling the cake:
On a serving plate, place the first cake layer, then spread half of the ganache and sprinkle with ¾ cup toffee bits. Place second cake layer, spread the rest of the ganache and sprinkle with ¾ cup toffee bits. Top with 3rd cake layer and place in the fridge to set.
- Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form, then add powdered sugar and vanilla.Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Add caramel sauce and mix well to combine. Add more powdered sugar if it’s not sweet to your taste. Cover the cake with whipped cream.
- Garnish as desired. If you want to make white chocolate curls, use potato peeler to shave the curls from the block or bar of white chocolate.