Today is Mr P’s birthday and what better way to celebrate it than to surprise him with a new recipe for his birthday cake. I have been thinking of what kind of cake I wanted to make him for a few weeks now. What it came down to was putting his two favorite candy bars Cadbury’s Crunchie and Twirl together with his favorite cake, coffee cake. Mixing these together, I went with a dark chocolate frosting as there was clearly already enough sweetness to this recipe. It turned out delicious. Not the easiest to photograph on a dull and rainy day but at least you will get the idea below. It looked much better in person. I even got a “Wow Crunchie Chocolate Cake” from the kids which made me feel good when I brought it out at dinner tonight.
I absolutely adore celebrating birthdays. It’s a time to really spoil that person and celebrate their life they have had so far. I set the table and prepared Mr P’s favorite meal and then I piled the presents at the end of the table to taunt him while he ate. For some reason he ate his dinner and dessert faster than normal tonight. It’s his old age starting to kick in…shhh don’t tell him I said that or maybe the fact that he is really just a big kid after all and wanting his presents?
As you get older the best bit about birthday’s is still the cake right? It’s something everyone can enjoy together, and I love to make them for my family to really make them see how special they are to me. If we don’t need a big cake (although how often does that really happen?!) then I still make the effort with some cupcakes – I love these pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and salted caramel drizzle – or treats.
If you prefer a gluten free birthday cake option then you could always try my 4th of July watermelon cake, or the ultimate Rice Krispie tower cake for something completely different. You can find more free-from recipes here.
Love Crunchie? Why not try my Crunchie Chocolate Meringue Nests too!
Chocolate Crunchie Cake
What I love most about this Crunchie Cake recipe, besides how easy it is to make, is the fact that the flavors all really go well together. It’s not too sickly if you stick to one slice and not three at a time. It paired nicely with heavy cream for Mr P and vanilla ice cream for me. I think cake should always be served with ice cream, and next time I think I’ll try it with Jammy Dodger Marshmallow ice cream for that extra indulgent kick. If you want to know how to make this crunchie birthday cake then check down below!
How Do You Decorate A Cake With A Crunchie?
My favourite part about decorating cakes is that there are no rules. You can do whatever you like! I prefer to crush up my Crunchies (and Twirls) and scatter them over the top of the cake, and then loosely stack some larger pieces on the top – just watch out for the kids pinching those bits! If the messy look isn’t for you then you can chop the Crunchie into chunks and place them in a circle around the edge or create a spiral.
Don’t Like Crunchie?
If the idea of a honeycomb cake doesn’t quite make the cut for you, then it’s easy to change it up. You can just have a Twirl cake by leaving he Crunchie off completely – or replace it all with broken up bits of your favourite chocolate bar making a completely unique birthday cake with the things you love.
Cadbury’s Crunchie Coffee Cake
- 1 tbsp instant espresso coffee powder
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 5 Cadbury’s crunchie bar crushed
- 2 twirl candy bar
- 3 cups homemade frosting or 2 tubs of store bought dark chocolate frosting
Preheat oven to 350 F/180°C
Grease two swallow round cake pans
Combine coffee and boiling water in a bowl, until coffee is dissolved, set aside
Beat butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy
Add coffee mixture, and combined
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition
Sift flour over butter mixture, mix well
Add sour cream and combined
Fold in crushed Cadbury’s crunchie bar
Pour mixture into two prepared cake pans
Smooth surface with spatula
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
Place on a wire rack and cool
Place one cooled cake on a cake platter and add frosting to the top
Add second layer place second cake on top of frosting
Frost entire double layered cake on top and sides with dark chocolate frosting (homemade or bought)
Crush three cadbury’s crunchie bars leaving one just snapped in three large pieces
Place two large piece on top of frosting in the center and throw crushed pieces all around it
Add two twirl candy bars one snapped in half and one crush around crunchie bars
Serve with cream or ice cream. There is no art form just throw your crushed candy bars on top. You can substitute with any favorite candy bar or use buttercream frosting instead of dark chocolate.
Do you like my new vamped up coffee cake recipe? Why not pin it for later to your pinterest boards or try my recipe out and tweet me or tag me on instagram to show me what you have come up with. This Crunchie cake recipe is such a fun and easy one the kids will love making with you.