How to make it

  • In a large skillet cook the 3/4 cup sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar just begins to melt. Do not stir. Reduce heat; cook until sugar is golden brown, about 1 to 3 minutes more, stirring mixture constantly.
  • Carefully stir in hot water (syrup will form lumps). Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Continue stirring until mixture is free of lumps. Remove from heat, Pour syrup into a large glass measuring cup. Add additional water to equal 1 3/4 cups liquid. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat together the 1 1/2 cups sugar, the 2/3 cup butter, egg yolks, and the vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute or until mixture is smooth. Alternately add flour mixture and sugar syrup to egg yolk mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Clean beaters thoroughly. In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold into batter. Divide batter into baking pans; spread evenly.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans; transfer to wire racks; cool completely.
  • Prepare Browned Butter Frosting (below).
  • To assemble, spread 1/2 cup Browned Butter Frosting (see below) over bottoms of two of the cake layers. Sprinkle each frosted layer with half of the finely chopped candy. Stack these layers on cake plate, frosted sides up. Place the third (unfrosted) layer on top, rounded side up. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides of cake. Garnish with the coarsely chopped candy bar pieces, if desired.
  • Browned Butter Frosting: In a small saucepan heat and stir 1/2 cup butter* over low heat until melted. Continue heating until butter turns a nut-brown color.
  • Remove from heat; cool for 5 minutes. In a large mixing bowl beat together softened cream cheese with 3 tablespoons butter until combined. Beat in about 2 cups sifted powdered sugar. Beat in the browned butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in 4 1/2 more cups sifted powdered sugar and 2 to 3 teaspoons milk until frosting is of spreading consistency.
  • *Note: Use butter only. Margarine or other spreads will not yield same results and could keep the frosting mixture from setting properly.

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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    another super recipe thanks MM.
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  • snomama 13 years ago
    OMG this is WOW beautiful. SAVED this one and will be making it soon. What a beautiful picture!
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