Candy Bar Cake


Candy Bar Cake

Candy Bar Cake
1 cake
15 Min
28 Min

You'd never guess that this cake started with a mix. It's dressed up with a layer of caramel topping and topped with peanut butter frosting but it's not finished until chopped candy bars are sprinkled on top!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (12.25-ounce) jar caramel topping
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 (2.07-ounce) chocolate-coated caramel-peanut nougat bars, chopped

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cake mix according to package directions for a 9- x 13-inch baking pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  2. Gently poke holes in top of cake, using end of a wooden spoon. Pour caramel topping slowly over cake.
  3. Beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and butter at with an electric beater at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating at low speed until smooth; add milk. Stir in vanilla. Spread evenly over cake; sprinkle with chopped candy bars. Cut into squares to serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve.


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I want to make this for my husband's birthday on Saturday but we have a very busy next few days lined up. If I make it tonight (Wednesday) and refrigerate will it be just as good on Saturday?

Unfortunately, since this is a poke cake and there is caramel that gets poured inside the cake, it really isn't good to make early unless it's the night before you plan to serve it. It'll get soggy otherwise. If you do make it a day ahead, be sure to leave the candy off the top until you're ready to serve it. Thanks for the question!

Just came across this 'lucious' cake recipe which I'll be making this week! Looks and sounds awesome. This will put a smile on a few faces around this house! :) One reader asked about refrigeration; I'll keep mine in 'frig' (if it last long enough)!!! I think it will help set the caramel up and keep the cream cheese from going bad. Whatever "Mr. Foods Team" suggest is (usaully the best advice). Thanks again for this awesome recipe! Sincerely, 'little ole' Ohio cook'

Can I use twix bars instead

Of course! You can try a variety of different candy bars! Great question, thank you for asking!

You can use whatever kind of candy bars you like. Let your imagination run wild! If you are a big "chocohoholic" your could pour chocolate syrup in the cake instead of the caramel sauce. Then, put tiny bits of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on top. The combinations are endless! Have fun experimenting.

I don't like to have to keep a cake refrigerated. I bet that just using a regular peanut butter frosting without cream cheese in the recipe would work just as well. I think I'll try it. Has anyone else already done that and can tell me if the caramel and regular frosting works at room temp? Thanks.

I made this just last week for a senior meeting, and everyone loved it. I used a chocolate cake mix. I sprinkled already crushed Heath Bits (found in aisle by chocolate chips). Much easier than crushing candy bars.

What candy bars did everybody use? I can't wait to make these!!

Months ago I saw Mr Food fix this. This recipe has now become my dessert staple for pot lucks and reunions. It is so easy to fix and the variations are endless. Use whatever cake mix you have and whatever syrup. Let your iagination be your guide. Be ready for compliments and requests for this one. Thanks Mr Food. Linda

This cake is always delicious, rich and recipe request always follow after sampling. Can use any type of candy, just keep it cool.

I like it.

Great!!Very easy and everyone raved about it!

Okay, y'all!! This is one of the best cakes I've ever made! It's easy, but doesn't look or taste it. The only thing I'd do differently next time is either chop the candy bars much more finely than they are in the picture or roughly grate them (with nuts in them, they'd probably be easier to finely chop). Everybody loved this cake, and I'm already getting requests for the recipe!

My husband used this recipe at a church men's fellowship cookoff and won first prize. It is a sure winner.

I made this cake over the weekend for my family, we stayed at the family camp for our yearly soup-fest weekend, it was such a big hit, not to mention "Oh soooooo good!" This is a keeper!

We all just plain loved this cake plus it was fun to make. I love Mr. Food because he makes cooking easy for me, no fancy kitchen equipment needed (I don't have any) no fancy spices to have to try (that I never heard of) and everything is sooo delicious. Thank you again Mr. Food

every recipe is very good

I am getting ready to try my luck at this low cal cake.

This cake tastes soooo good.

The taste is out of this world! Everyone wanted the recipe.

This is really simple to do and looks delicious too!

This recipe looks sooo good. I will be making this tomorrow for my husband's birthday..

Going to make this for our Super Bowel Party, this cake is sure to score big points ! GO STEELERS !!!!!!

I am gonna try this. I watched it on news today and it looks so glld and easy to make. Yummmm

OMG this sounds wonderful! No calories, of course!

look yummy


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