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Celebrating a Birthday Part 2 – Snicker Cake

October 3, 2013Danita

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As my husband was preparing to leave for work Friday morning, which was his birthday, and we were all saying good-bye, someone asked, “Hey, what kind of birthday cake are you having?”  A perfectly reasonable question to ask a person on their birthday, unless their wife forgot about the cake!  

We were going out for his birthday that evening, which is Birthday Tradition #1, the “at home” meal of his choice was planned for Monday night -Birthday Tradition #2, the kids and I had already taken care of the gift – BirthdayTradition #4, but I totally forgot about a cake…Tradition #3.  I was glad someone thought to ask.  Often, he chooses Italian Cream Cake or sometimes German Chocolate, both of which I make from scratch, but this year he asked for Snicker Cake.  It’s one of the easiest and best cakes!  Even though it uses simple ingredients I usually have at home, this time I didn’t, but I was going to the grocery store anyway, so it worked out fine. 

This cake is called Snicker Cake because it has a layer of caramel and peanuts between the layers of a traditional chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  We’ve served this to family and friends as well as taken it to pot lucks.  Everywhere it’s gone it has been a huge success.

Here’s the Recipe: 

(printable recipe card below)

1 box chocolate cake mix and whatever the mix calls for (eggs, oil, water…)

14 oz caramel squares -(I used Kraft)

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1 stick butter

1 cup  peanuts (I use Planters salted)

1 cup chocolate chips

1 can chocolate frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray a 9×12 pan with cooking spray

snicker cake cake batter

Prepare cake mix according to box directions

snicker cake first layer

In prepared pan, place about half the batter and bake for 20 minutes

snicker cake helper

While bottom layer is baking, unwrap caramels and place in top of double boiler

I highly recommend getting help unwrapping all those pieces of caramel or it may not be ready when you need it.  Also, a good reason to get 2 bags, in case they don’t all make it into the pan.

snicker cake middle

Add butter and evaporated milk to double boiler

snicker cake 2nd layer

Over medium-high heat, melt ingredients and stir until smooth

snicker cake fist layer baked

After 20 minutes, remove cake from oven

snicker cake collage

Pour caramel mixture on top of cake

Top caramel with peanuts and chocolate chips

Carefully top with remaining cake batter

snicker cake baked

Bake 25-30 minutes until top layer is done

Cool completely and top with chocolate icing

dane's peice of cake

My husband likes his with homemade vanilla ice cream

snicker cake slice 1


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Snicker Cake
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  1. 1 box chocolate cake mix and whatever the mix calls for (eggs, oil, water...)
  2. 14 oz caramel squares
  3. 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  4. 1 stick butter
  5. 1 cup peanuts (I use salted)
  6. 1 cup chocolate chips
  7. 1 can chocolate frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare a 9x13 pan by spraying with cooking spray
  3. Mix cake according to directions
  4. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes
  5. While cake is baking place unwrapped caramels, milk and butter in top of double boiler
  6. Heat over med-high heat until ingredients are melted and smooth
  7. After 20 minutes remove cake from oven and pour caramel mixture over
  8. Top with peanuts and chocolate chips
  9. Cover with remaining cake batter
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until top layer is done
  11. Cool completely and ice with prepared frosting or your favorite homemade frosting
  1. I used Kraft caramels. Two bags of caramel may be needed, be sure to check the ounces on bag
  2. Unwrapping the caramels takes longer than you may realize. It may be a good idea to get help or unwrap them before starting.
  3. I have used Planters unsalted or dry roasted peanuts but we prefer salted
  4. The bottom layer will look completely done after 20 minutes, and it probably is, but don't be concerned about putting it back into the doesn't burn.
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  • Cris

    May 17, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    I also know a few snickers recipe, but they aren`t like yours! I must try out this one too! Thanks for sharing!

  • coffeewithus3lucy

    April 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    My husband loves snickers! Might have to whip this up for him sometime. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes.

  • Joanne

    March 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    OMG! That looks amazing! I am such a chocoholic!

  • christine

    March 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    this looks ridiculously good. My husband would love this. Putting it on the list for his next bday cake!

  • lydiaf1963

    March 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    My second favorite candy bar translated into cake. Who wouldn’t want some? I’ve pinned this because I’m thinking it would work well as cupcakes too and I don’t want to forget. 🙂

  • Rachel Cotterill

    March 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    That looks wonderful! 😀

  • Christine

    March 8, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Did your husband ever find out you’d forgot? I’d have forgiven you with a cake like that!!!

    1. Danita

      March 8, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      When he saw the cake he didn’t ask…thankfully! Thanks for stopping by Christine.

  • Christine

    March 8, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    So did your husband ever find out you forgot?:) i’d have forgiven you in any event!

  • Hezzi-D

    March 8, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    This cake looks so gooey and delicious!

  • MooshuJenne

    March 8, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    That looks so decadent! My family would so eat this. I need to put this on the to do list.

  • Tanya Schroeder

    October 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    This is my kind of cake! Chocolate, caramel, salty, sweet! I’d request this for my birthday! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!

  • Kimberly @ A time to freeze

    October 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Looks so amazing! Now I want chocolate cake! Stopping by from the Tasteful Tuesday link party.

    1. Danita

      October 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Kimberly. Have a wonderful week!

  • tumbleweedcontessa

    October 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    This looks awesome! Love all the ingredients! Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend?


    1. Danita

      October 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Thanks Linda. I really enjoy linking with you. Great idea..weekends are always a good time to do something great for a post.

  • kendra kay

    October 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    that looks absolutely amazing. now i’m hungry! 🙂
    following via g+, found you through the tell us tuesday link up.
    have a great day!

  • Lucy

    October 8, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    My husband loves snickers. I might have to try this out! Of course, his birthday is far, far away but I’m sure he won’t mind if I make it for him anyways. 🙂

  • Diana Rambles

    October 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    That looks fantastic!

  • Mammy2Grammy

    October 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Sighs, and I just had my birthday, can I put in a request for next year? Stopping by from Daily Blog Boost to say hey and will be taking this recipe with me. Thanks for sharing. <3 Kim

    1. Danita

      October 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      You might need to “practice” it before your birthday…that’s a good excuse to have cake…right? Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Mammy2Grammy

        October 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        That’s a great idea. LOL and a great excuse.

  • Margaret

    October 3, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Can I have one for my Birthday too? This looks great. I found you on Daily Blog Boost. I’m now following on Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest. I’m also pinning this for later. Yummy!

  • Nicole Burkholder

    October 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    My birthday is coming up and I just might request this! I LOVE Snickers! 🙂

    1. Danita

      October 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Snickers are my favorite candy bar…that’s what made me try this cake so many years ago. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}

    October 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Yummy! I could go for a piece of this cake tonight 🙂 Pinned!


  • Elaine

    October 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Absolutely love this cake!! Thanks for sharing this with me years ago. As you said, it is always well received!

  • Jennifer

    October 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Yum!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!!!

  • Team Southerland

    October 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    This is an amazing cake! It is so awesome that I have been able to taste so many of your delicious recipes!!

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