Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chocolate Toffee Sheet Cake

Chocolate Toffee Sheet Cake | My Life as a Mrs

Hubs’ birthday was on Sunday and his one request was a chocolate toffee sheet cake…

Easy to please, I tell you! πŸ˜‰

Have you guys made Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake? Well, you should. It’s seriously the best EVER.

& I thought it’d be a great jumping off point for this Chocolate Toffee Sheet Cake!

Chocolate Toffee Sheet Cake | My Life as a Mrs

I swapped out hot coffee for the water to help enhance the chocolate and added toffee bits to the frosting to kick it up a notch for hubs’ big day!

He was a fan of this!!

So much so that THIS is how I found the sheet cake before I was able to photograph it for the blog haha

Chocolate Toffee Sheet Cake | My Life as a Mrs

Happy Birthday to the world’s greatest hubby! (Sorry ladies, it’s TRUE)

Love you with all of my heart – more than I love chocolate sheet cake & ice cream! πŸ˜‰

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Chocolate Toffee Sheet Cake

Yield: 1 large sheet cake

Deliciously moist chocolate sheet cake with crunchy toffee bits & pecans in the frosting!


For the Cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (heaping) cocoa powder
2 sticks salted butter
1 cup piping hot coffee (I reheated some that was leftover from the morning)*
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*may substitute boiling water

For the Icing:
1 3/4 stick Butter
1/4 cup (heaping) cocoa powder
7 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2/3 cup toffee bits


For the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350ΒΊF. Spray a sheet cake pan with non-stick cooking spray (or Bakers Joy). In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Next, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk together. Once combined, add hot coffee & allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and pour over flour mixture and stir it in to cool down the mixture.

In a measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Pour buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture and whisk until well combined. Pour batter into the prepared sheet cake pan and bake at 350ΒΊF for 20 minutes.

For the Icing:
While cake is in the oven, it's time to make the icing. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk to combine. Turn off heat and add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar; stir together until well combined. Next add the chopped pecans and toffee bits, stir together, and pour icing over warm cake (spreading it lightly with a spatula).

Allow to cool (if you have self control) and then cut into squares and serve! Hubs likes his with warm with a scoop of ice cream on top! A la' mode style... πŸ˜‰

Minimally Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman

Chocolate Toffee Sheet Cake | My Life as a Mrs

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30 Responses to “Chocolate Toffee Sheet Cake”

  1. 1

    Jackie — January 29, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Ok, this looks fantastic!

    Happy Birthday, Mike!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — January 29, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    It’s been way too long since I’ve made a sheet cake!

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    tijuana (po' man meals) — January 29, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    you had me at toffee! oh, and chocolate, too. πŸ™‚ this cake looks so moist and yummy. gorgeous pics!

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — January 29, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    Hey, you got some nice photos of it anyway! Yipeee!! πŸ™‚ I’ve been wanting to try PW’s sheet cake, but now I”m just going to try your version because the coffee and toffee enhancement is RIGHT up my alley!

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    Shelly — January 29, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    I love this! Your pictures are fantastic! Can you give me insight into what you use or how you edit your photos?

    • Tina replied: — January 29th, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

      I shot these with my Canon 7D using a 50mm lens… i do some minimal editing in photoshop (usually just a little contrast adjustment & adding the text~)

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    Donna — January 29, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Looks delicious!!! Now you need to come up with a gluten free version! πŸ˜‰

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 29, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    I’ve really been wanting to try PW’s recipe! The toffee bits on top really push this over the edge (the magical edge that is). Yum!

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    Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such — January 29, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    Sounds good! I’ll hold the nuts and toffee bits; hubs has allergies. Maybe I’ll add chopped butterscotch chips instead, thoses are safe. Oh, and you so had me at ‘hot coffee’.

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    natalie@thesweetslife — January 29, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    aw happy birthday to the hubs! hasn’t he learned the rules of being a food blogger’s spouse? no eating before pics πŸ˜‰

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    Brandi @ new 30 something — January 29, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    OMG, this looks amazing. I grew up with asking my mom to make Texas Sheet Cakes for my birthday every year but never thought of adding toffee to it. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — January 29, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    My sis loves anything with toffee – I’m sure she will love this one, too. I’ll pass this along to her. And of course, happy birthday to hubs!

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    Leslie — January 29, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    chocolate sheet cakes are the best. I love your addition of toffee!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 29, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    I’m all over this! And my husband always gives me the puppy dog eyes when he’s eaten something he’s not sure if I’ve taken pics of yet πŸ˜‰

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    Jeff — January 29, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    I think the unfortunate part of this dish is how much I could wolf down in a minute. The coffee is an interesting addition, does it add a lot of flavour to it?

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 29, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    Toffee sheet cake? Yes please! My hubs lOVES toffee too!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 29, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    You can never go wrong with a good sheet cake! I would have dived into it too!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — January 29, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    This looks delicious! Happy birthday to your man!

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    Adrienne — January 29, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    What a fabulous birthday treat! I, too, have tried PW’s chocolate sheet cake and sung its praises! You just turned up the volume–I love it! Thanks for posting πŸ™‚

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    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — January 30, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    Love the toffee bits! I bet the added crunch is perfect!! Happy Birthday Hubs!

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    Jaren — January 30, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I love Pioneer Woman recipes! Yours looks great. There is something about coffee added to chocolate. It is the most awesome combination ever! Can’t wait to give it a go!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 30, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    Mmm This sounds awesome! I love toffee! Happy Belated Birthday to your hubs!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 30, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    I grew up on chocolate sheet cake…requested it often for my birthday and now I must have a slice of this one. Toffee is a great addition!

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    mom — January 30, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    This cake is fabulous! So moist and rich with wonderful chocolatey flavor! Love it….

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — January 30, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    I love the idea of a toffee topping! I just discovered how easy it is to make toffee over Christmas. It is dangerously easy to make and consume a whole pan full in one sitting! This looks great! I might add some instant espresso to the toffee layer!

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    Megan — January 30, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    This sheet cake has been on my list for AGES!!! And seriously, toffee bits, you slay me! Happy birthday to the hubster!!

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    Debbie — January 30, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    Made this tonight the original way, but will try with toffee and coffee soon!

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    angela @ another bite please — January 30, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

    happy birthday to your hubs…sheet cakes are one of my favs.

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    Carol — January 31, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    This looks yummy! What are the dimensions of a “large” sheet cake pan? Do you think this would freeze well? Thanks!

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — February 5, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    My grandma makes an awesome chocolate sheet cake too, you can’t beat the classics! This looks amazing and I love that you added coffee! I bet it made it taste phenomenal.

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