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Candy Bar Cake

Prep time 35 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Other time 1 hr, 10 mins
Yield Makes 16 servings
"I liked cutting up different kinds of candy bars and decorating the cake better than frosting it. My mom did that." --Seth, Age 9


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package Swiss chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 (2.07-ounce) chocolate-coated caramel-peanut nougat bars
  • 2 (1.55-ounce) milk chocolate bars with crisped rice
  • 1 (1.5-ounce) crisp wafers in milk chocolate bar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 449
  • caloriesfromfat 47 %
  • fat 23.6 g
  • satfat 10.2 g
  • monofat 6.7 g
  • polyfat 4.3 g
  • protein 4.9 g
  • carbohydrate 53.6 g
  • fiber 1.1 g
  • cholesterol 57 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 81 mg
  • calcium 37 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make the cake layers: Preheat oven to 325°. Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cakepans. Bake at 325° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake layers from the oven using oven mitts. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove cake layers from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

  2. Prepare the frosting: Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and granulated sugar in a big bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until sugar dissolves and mixture is creamy. Fold in whipped topping.

  3. Frost and decorate the cake: Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Cut candy bars into fun shapes, and press into frosting on top and sides of cake. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day in advance.

  4. Note: We decorated our cake using Snickers, Nestlé Crunch, and Kit Kat candy bars.

Southern Living Kids Cookbook