Library, Library, LibraryLike Lionheart, my library (books) call to me more than anything else. It's been 2 weeks and time to go visit my library folks. Of course, even though it is hot as Hades around here I have to take them a treat. I'd hate to disappoint them. During the cooler part of the day I put together an easy if not simple cake. I found one called a Candy Bar Cake. Not the lightest fare for hot weather but then they are working hard and inside the cool library so maybe it won't seem too heavy. Just sounded easy to put together and I had the parts (for the most part).
The cake called for unsweetened chocolate but from that point on sweet seemed to be the theme. Of course with a name like Candy Bar Cake--what did I expect?? The usual flour, eggs, sugar, chocolate and buttermilk to make it tender. Once it was baked, you were supposed to pour a can of sweetened condensed milk mixed with 1/2 cup of caramel topping on the cake after poking holes in the top to allow this mixture to ooze down into the chocolate cake. I didn't have the topping--could have made some caramel sauce quickly, but I went with the can of milk and 1/2 cup of homemade chocolate syrup. I thought that might balance the sweetness of the condensed milk more effectively and add another chocolate note to the cake.
Next I was supposed to put chopped Snickers on top of that. I did have the Snickers but figured since I dropped the caramel, I'd used chopped Milky Way. I guess I lost the battle with making it less sweet but then I did keep that chocolate note high.
The recipe called for 13 oz. of chopped Snickers--that seemed a bit high to me so I went with only 4 oz. of chopped Milky Ways. I think that was sufficient--even for the most devoted chocoholic.
Next, you were supposed to take 1/2 cup of canned frosting (ick) and heat that in the microwave and pour it over the chopped candy bars/poke cake. I'm definitely not a fan of canned frosting. I had some ready-made chocolate marshmallow frosting in the freezer. I think this is the 3-4th recipe I've been able to use this batch of frosting. Good deal! I like that cost effective frosting! I warmed it in the microwave and drizzled it over the cake/chopped candy bars.
That was the end of the recipe but we know I always have to take things one notch up so I took the remaining 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese frosting (it's been a good batch for 2-3 recipes as well) and warmed it enough to dribble it over the top to pretty it up a little and give a little tang to all that sweet. Hopefully it won't be over the top for them. We'll see!