Chocolate Toffee Cake-Brownies

Being that I was away from home the previous weekends, traveling more than 10 miles from my bed this weekend was out of question. Packed with several close dinner outings with friends, a birthday celebration, bikes rides, a chocolate-themed baking day, a very spontaneous apartment re-model, and a night of wine, movies &  pajamas; these past few days were rich in delight and had left me beaming.

Speaking of rich, these gooey chocolate toffee cake-brownies that I made over the weekend paired with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream or a cup of coffee, qualify as a premium level richness in my dessert books. They are phenomenal little treats that really don’t even need to be paired. If you like chocolate, toffee, cake and quickness, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this dessert bliss. ..I want one, now.

Gooey Chocolate Toffee Cake-Brownies
1 18.25 box Trader Joe’s dark chocolate cake mix
1 stick of melted butter
1 large egg
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 16-ounce box of confectioners’ sugar
1 stick of melted butter
1 cup of homemade toffee, broken into bits (recipe here! just skip the nuts!)
-Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 13×9 cake pan. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg and butter with an electric mixer; mix well. (You are not using the cake recipe on back of box, only use the cake mix and ingredients I have listed; It will have dry/thicker consistency than a cake batter) Pat into bottom of prepared pan; Set aside.
-In another large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs and vanilla, mix until well combined. Dump confectioners’ sugar into the cream cheese mix, and mix until well combined. Reduce to a low speed, and gently pour in the melted butter. Mix well, then fold in toffee bits.
-Pour the toffee cake topping over the cake mixture and speed evenly. Bake for 40-50 minutes. As I prefer my brownies a little on the “gooey” side, I pulled my dessert from the oven before the allotted baking time requested. It left the center with a perfect “gooey” consistency, that I absolutely love! (You do not have to pull early, use a toothpick test to check your center, then you decide!)

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By Rachel Bernard

Rachel is a lover of food, the outdoors, her dog and spending therapeutic amounts of time in her haven -- the kitchen.

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