Toffee Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Frosting

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Spiced Toffee Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting — Looking for recipes using spice cake mix? Make this spiced toffee cake! It’s an EASY, soft, and fluffy spice cake with toffee bits inside and on top!! The frosting is AMAZING and takes this cake over the top!!

Spiced Toffee Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting — Looking for recipes using spice cake mix? Make this spiced toffee cake! It's an EASY, soft, and fluffy spice cake with toffee bits inside and on top!! The frosting is AMAZING and takes this cake over the top!!

Easiest Toffee Cake Recipe 

This toffee cake is like putting on a soothing warm blanket. This time of year I’ll happily take my blankets in the form of cake. Well, anytime of year actually.

It’s an easy cake that’s perfect for parties, events, or just because your sweet tooth is calling your name. It reminds me of a brown sugar pound cake but I find pound cakes in general too dense and usually dry. This one is neither.

The cake itself has the perfect amount of spice and there are toffee bits incorporated both in the cake and on top. I used a boxed spice cake mix, but if you have a scratch version you love, use it.

The frosting is where it’s at. But isn’t that true of almost all cakes? Have a little cake with my frosting is the way I am.

Depending on how much salt you choose to add, it’s almost like salted caramel sauce. You’ll want to eat it by the spoonful, I promise.

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Spiced Toffee Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting — Looking for recipes using spice cake mix? Make this spiced toffee cake! It's an EASY, soft, and fluffy spice cake with toffee bits inside and on top!! The frosting is AMAZING and takes this cake over the top!!

What’s in the Spiced Toffee Cake? 

Even though this is a spice cake mix recipe, the final toffee cake tastes totally homemade! Here’s what you’ll need to make it: 

How to Make Spiced Toffee Cake

This is the best recipe to make if you’re wondering “what can I add to a spice cake mix ?” The answer is toffee bits! 

It’s a super easy recipe using spice cake mix. Whisk together the cake batter like you normally would, making sure to gently fold in the toffee bits. 

Once the cake has been baked, let it cool while you make the homemade spice cake frosting. 

It’s a boiled frosting that starts with brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk and as the frosting simmers it takes on wonderful caramel notes.

Make sure to whisk and scrape the frosting in the saucepan nearly continuously as it’s boiling because you don’t want it to scorch.

Spiced Toffee Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting — Looking for recipes using spice cake mix? Make this spiced toffee cake! It's an EASY, soft, and fluffy spice cake with toffee bits inside and on top!! The frosting is AMAZING and takes this cake over the top!!

Can This Cake Be Made in Advance? 

Yes! You actually have to make the toffee cake in advance since it needs 2 hours (at least) to properly set up. 

Can I Make a Homemade Spice Cake?

Of course! I made this recipe using spice cake mix, but if you have a go-to spice cake recipe you love to make, then just use that. 

Tips for Making Toffee Cake

Follow the instructions listed below in the recipe card, not the ones on the side of the cake mix box. 

If you can’t find toffee bits in your area, you can chop up a chocolate toffee bar and use that instead. Or, make your own toffee and chop it up finely. 

This cake is best day-of, but it’ll last up to 5 days on your counter. 

Spiced Toffee Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting — Looking for recipes using spice cake mix? Make this spiced toffee cake! It's an EASY, soft, and fluffy spice cake with toffee bits inside and on top!! The frosting is AMAZING and takes this cake over the top!!

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Spiced Toffee Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

By Averie Sunshine
Looking for recipes using spice cake mix? Make this spiced toffee cake! It's an EASY, soft, and fluffy spice cake with toffee bits inside and on top!! The frosting is AMAZING and takes this cake over the top!!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 15
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Ingredients  

  • one 16.5-ounce box spice cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup toffee bits, divided
  • one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • To a large bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and mix up the cake batter according to package directions.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup toffee bits.
  • Turn batter out into prepared pan and bake for about 25 to 29 minutes, or until done. Allow cake to cool in pan on a wire rack while you make the frosting.
  • To a large saucepan with high sides, add the sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and allow mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes, or until thickened. You’ll notice at about the 4 to 5 minute mark it starts thickening quite a bit and that’s when you know it’s ready. During the 5  minutes, it’s very important to whisk nearly continuously and also scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula very frequently because you don’t want the mixture to stick to the bottom and scorching which it’s prone to doing.
  • Remove saucepan from the heat, add the butter, vanilla, optional salt to taste (adding about 1/2 teaspoon will give you more of a salted caramel flavor), and stir to combine.
  • Evenly pour frosting over cake.
  • Evenly sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup toffee bits.
  • Allow frosting to set up for about 2 hours, or until slightly hardened, before slicing and serving.

Notes

Storage: Cake will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 362kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 188mg, Sugar: 45g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. That toffe spice cake looks mighty good. Going to have to give it a go. Thanks for the chance at the Moen prize. Happy Holidays.

  2. I will be making my favorite cornbread chicken and dressing this Christmas. Plus, some of your Christmas cookies as my family will disown me if I don’t. Thanks for the recipes and neat ideas!! (I sp wish I’d win the Moen Garbage Disposal).

  3. The very best goodie I make is a fruitcake!  It’s my grandfather’s recipe!  It’s amazing and I have
    it for breakfast or dessert in the evenings.

  4. I love having and making the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. My favorite thing to make is Spaghetti Aioli with hazelnuts and baked stuffed shrimp. We enjoy so many foods it’s so hard to pick one. Merry Christmas ? 

  5. I will be making asiago potatoes, very simple recipe but delicious. A greased 9×13 pan thin sliced potatoes, shredded asiago cheese, heavy cream, salt/pepper and then repeat the layers. I use a fork and poke around to make sure the cream makes it al the way to the bottom. I bake at 400 till the top is nice and golden brown about 45 minutes…
    Happy Holidays ….

  6. I am making fudge, haystacks, divinity, lots of cookies, peanut butter balls, and I will be trying this cake! It sounds amazing!

  7. We start Christmas morning out with a special breakfast casserole that we’ve made for many, many years. It’s really good and we have a bundt cake that is called a butter rich bundt cake that we serve with it. It’s a really great breakfast and never any left overs. For dinner, we prepare prime rib — the only time we ever splurge and get it!

  8. I’m making Swedish meatballs and Bananna ginger poke cake as always. Those are just my favorites, I make it all. I have all boys. Lol

  9. I just had my first taste of Peppermint Bark last night and will be making it this weekend to share with others! Cannnot believe I was missing out!!

  10. I am expecting a baby very soon (due Dec. 26!) and said I wouldn’t be doing any Christmas baking this year…well, over 5 batches of cookies and treats later, here we are! Including a batch of peppermint bark which is my favorite holiday treat. 

  11. I bake tons of brownies and make fudge, that I sell to buy food for our “Backpack” program at our local school. We send food home with over 100 kids each week to “get them through” the wk-end. :( Lots of poverty in our county.
    Hope everyone reading this has a blessed CHRISTmas! <3

  12. I am making your cranberry bliss bars/cookies! Actually what I did was take your cranberry bliss cookie base, omitted the cranberries, then did the bliss bar frosting/toppings on the cookies. INCREDIBLE! Great way to combine two great recipes.

  13. The best thing I am making for the holidays is sour cream and rum raisin pie! I am also making your salted peanut chews :)

  14. Yum, this sounds delicious! I might have to make it between holiday get-together (as if there aren’t enough sweets in my house right now)! I’m doing lots of homemade gifts this year, and although I’m partial to my candied chocolate-dipped oranges, everyone is loving the chocolate peppermint candies that melt in your mouth and taste like peppermint ganache!

  15. Considering the last time I made tacos they turned out to be tostadas, I head over to my parents’ place to eat and help make cocktails! I like making a gin and ginger ale with cranberry juice and garnished with gorgeous red cranberries.

  16. Cookies…so many cookies. Right now I’m into the Oatmeal varieties and last night I made your Oatmeal, Peanut Butter and White Chip…ooohhh so yummy. Thanks for all of the great recipes!

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