It would be impossible to keep count of all time times this Heath Bar Birthday Cake has been requested in my mama’s house, not only for birthdays but also for holidays, parties of all kinds. And sometimes just because someone or another has a sudden and urgent need for a light and lovely angel food cake frosted with a decadent creamy frosting filled with crushed bits of Heath bars, which are toffee candy bars covered in chocolate (and you can also get them in packages of baking bits, too). I’m pretty certain that my mama goes all in and makes the angel food cake herself, but whenever I’m the one making it I go for the pre-made angel food cake from the market, and spend my time making the delectable frosting. Which means this cake is all of five ingredients, with no baking and maximum dramatic creamy Heath Bar deliciousness. Let’s make it!This easy recipe for Heath Bar Birthday Cake takes just five ingredients and no baking!Click To TweetI’m writing about this family favorite cake for a bittersweet reason today, because today is my dad’s birthday. We lost him last November, and it still feels like he is around every corner. And in a way he is, because if you believe in guardian angels – and I do – he’s definitely mine.
Our whole family is together this weekend, and in between the laughter and eating and general shenanigans that go on when we are all together, there will be more than a few moments of feeling our loss even more keenly than we already do every day. But I know that my dad would be so happy that we are together. He was so proud of this boisterous family that he and my mom created – the musicians, writers, teachers, lawyers, finance guys and gals (like him!), librarians and hip-hop dancers (looking at YOU, my adorable nephew) that are carrying on all the important things he taught us over the years. And of all those things, at the top of the list was the importance of family, and enjoying every possible minute of being with the ones you love.
And so today, this Heath bar cake, which will forever be delicious to me not only because of what is is, but because of all the happy times it reminds me of. So many of them.
And so many of them surely to come, with sweet memories of my dad lighting the way.Print
- 1 angel food cake, cut horizontally so you have three layers
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 6 full size Heath bars, crushed
- Combine cream, cocoa and sugar and refrigerate overnight.
- Whip the cream mixture in a mixer until soft peaks form. Gently stir in the crushed Heath bars.
- Spread the frosting in between the layers, and then all around the sides and top of the cake.
- Chill at least 2 hours before serving.