More than meets the eye…


Okay, so I know what you are thinking. Boring. You see this and you are about to just keep on passing by.

But before you go, let me just say that this was so tasty that I actually threw a bunch of it out….to save myself from eating the whole pan.
So ignore the crappy lighting and the fact that there is nothing really drool-worthy about them (other than the taste) and give them a chance. Unless you don’t like toffee, then these probably aren’t for you.

I made these because I was really looking for an excuse to sit around and eat the extra toffee pieces…if we are being honest. ;) Lucky for me this cake used up most of the bag (if you are in the states Heath makes milk chocolate covered toffee pieces, which is what I used). So I had portion control. I felt proud of myself. That was until I ate a piece of the cake. Then another. And so on, you see where this is going.

It got to the point where into the composting bin it went. And not just that, it got covered with Tabasco sauce, just in case I felt the need to fish it out of there. Gross, I know, but it’s just touching other food, so technically, it wouldn’t be that bad if I went and fished it out. I know, I know, you think I a little less of me. I’ll survive. :)

And just one last quick note to the person who emailed me asking if I would give up using Culinary Concoctions as my food blog name so you can use it. Um. No. I’m sure there are other Culinary Concoctions blogs out there. But there is only one Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. ;) So unless your name is Peabody, you are probably safe.

Brown Sugar Toffee Snack Cake

4 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup self rising flour
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup buttermilk
1 ½ cups milk chocolate covered toffee pieces, divided

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray a 8-x-8-inch pan with baking spray, or butter and flour it. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.

In a small bowl whisk together the buttermilk and sour cream.

Turn mixer speed to low. Starting with the flour alternate, 1/3 flour,  ½ buttermilk mixture, 1/3 flour, remaining ½ buttermilk mixture, remaining 1/3 flour.

Fold in ½ cup milk chocolate covered toffee pieces.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Insert a knife or wooden skewer to test for doneness.

Remove from oven. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup chocolate covered toffee pieces on top. The chocolate should melt, that’s okay, you want that.

Best if eaten the day of, as the toffee will get a little sticky. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.


  1. Cake with milk chocolate covered toffee pieces?? yummy!

  2. Next time throw them my way, LOL!
    So delicious. I love simple but rich stuff

  3. Oh wow…..toffee snack cake…looks extremely drool worthy….

  4. I am still laughing at the thought of you throwing these yummy squares away and drenching them with hot sauce. You are one very crazy woman, however I do understand….they must be THAT good! I give my treats away, enjoy a little and off they go or else I think I may find myself doing such a thing too if it wasnt for my husbands sweet tooth.

    Ive not seen chocolate covered toffee bits!!! I must be shopping in the wrong area of this country. Ill keep my eyes peeled from now on so that I can try these. My Dad adores toffee, Ill send him this recipe.

  5. Boring???? NEVER!!! And hey, it’s a PERFECT excuse to eat more toffee – go for it, always :-D

  6. I LOVE this cake.

    Oh and for me, culinary concoction is associated with YOU, PEABODY. :D

  7. i love this post!!! I have definitely found myself in front of the pantry pouring the extra heath bits into my mouth :) And, I may have been guilty of removing food from the trash in the past (seriously, it was wrapped)! Love it!

  8. It sounds like this cake would be pure heaven to me! I’d have to dump it in the garbage if I couldn’t find someone to give it to… too funny about the tobasco sauce, but whatever works, right? LOL!

  9. I LOVE toffee pieces, and constantly search for recipes to use them. This looks like it really showcases she awesomeness of the toffee. Starred in google reader :)

  10. Um, what a cheek that someone would even ask that !!!!!!! They look pretty good to me, but bad on you for inspiring me to break my spring diet, here in Africa!

  11. Yum, these look delicious! I’ve been searching for a new dessert idea to bring to a friend’s house this weekend, and I’ve definitely found it! Thanks for sharing this!

  12. Love toffee! I always get the Heath Blizzard at Dairy Queen, so these would be right up my alley. Looks good Peabody!

  13. Boring? No. This looks fantastic!

  14. What alternate universe was that person living in that they thought it’d be appropriate to ask you that!?! Once again proving that there are some strange people out there in internet-land. On the other hand, at least they asked… it’s a start!

    I’m not even reading the recipe because I do NOT need something that tempting in my home right now. Maybe I’ll just send it to myself for later. Yeah, that’s it!

  15. Ha! I can’t believe someone asked if you would give up your name. If they aren’t creative enough to come up with their own name, then the recipes probably aren’t any good either!

  16. This is a very good excuse to use up toffee…

  17. First off – these pics look great. Secondly, I’m not srue I would have had the will power to toss all of these. They look too freakin good!!!!

  18. Ooh, I grew up right down the road from the original Heath plant (now it’s Hershey’s-owned, I think). One summer I babysat for a guy who did construction during one of their remodels and he would come back with trash bags FULL of Heath Bars. Perk of the job – with the bonus of youthful metabolism.

  19. Definitely not boring! Looks so yummy!

  20. Your posts always make me laugh, in a good way, mainly because I identify with so many of the things you share. I find myself often throwing things away to keep myself from eating them, I had to throw away a whole batch of scones yesterday, leaving just one for my husband to try so I knew hands off. It was sad. But, I think that recognizing how to enforce self-control is almost the same thing as practicing it, right? :)

  21. Not boring at all. Looks very homey and delicious – casual desserts are sometimes the best.

  22. Put me on a desert island, give me only one candy bar I can eat for the rest of time, and I would choose Heath or Skor. I am going to make these and bring all but one piece over the neighbors.

  23. Yum! This looks delicious – and it’s easy!

  24. I love this post and am sure I will love the cake. Reading it was like seeing my own though process when it comes to toffee bits and amazing cake laid out in your very entertaining way. I may not be able to make this for just that reason, but may not be able to resist.

  25. Those bars look amazing! I love that you threw it away and covered it with hot sauce. It reminds me of Sex in the City when Miranda made a cake and threw it away and then found herself picking at it from the trash. She then covered it with soap just to be sure she wouldn’t touch it…haha.

  26. Of course there is only one Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, and there ain’t gonna be any more! LOL…OK, this is my kinda cake. Brown sugar is right up my street, and this screams yummy comfort to me!

  27. I”m still snickering because I have done the same thing. Threw out something so I wouldn’t eat it. My best idea though is to take it wherever I am going that day- like today I am trying those wonderful dulce de leche cheesecake squares (I’m a little late getting on that bandwagon) and I am going to take photos, taste one and take the rest to my hairdressers. They will be inhaled!

  28. I”m still snickering because I have done the same thing. Threw out something so I wouldn’t eat it. My best idea though is to take it whereever I am going that day- like today I am trying those wonderful dulce de leche cheesecake squares (I’m a little late getting on that bandwagon) and I am going to take photos, taste one and take the rest to my hairdressers. They will be inhaled!

  29. Anything toffee is ALWAYS good. I would of just freezed the extra cake or given it away to someone!

  30. How could anybody think this is boring. The photograph is making me crave these.

  31. Next time this happens, send the rest to me! (Before you toss it in the compost bin of course).

  32. That is sad times that your KA fell apart on you…but that cake looks amazing.

  33. I was horrified when I read that you threw the rest of this cake away, but then I remembered that I threw away some peach cobbler so I wouldn’t eat all of it. I would have gladly taken a piece or 2 off your hands.

  34. Uh, you threw them away! You should hold giveaways for your extra yummy treats!

  35. Poor cake! I think it looks delicious! Pity you through some of it away I would have gobbled it :)

  36. It always blows my mind at the audacity of people sometimes. Recently was asked by a church member if we could move back a memorial service start time, because she had a choral rehearsal she had to attend to. Seriously! I have not seen the chocolate covered toffee yet. Although, that may be a good thing!!

  37. Are you kidding? To even think that the photo, regardless of lighting, could be BORING?? I caught one glimpse and I’m craving a whole pan! Even before reading! Thank you for providing consistently scrumptious ideas for bakers-in-the-making. I heart your blog.

  38. I love toffee so not only does this look and sound delicious, but now you also got the Transformer’s theme song stuck in my head. ; )

  39. A droolworthy cake! What a wonderful flavor it must have!



  40. I have done the throwing away thing so I won’t eat them. I take them out to the dumpster so I won’t even have to look at them.

    I’ll make sure to try these when I can pawn them off on other people.

  41. Tell me where your garbage is! Then ignore the rustling outside your window.

  42. Seriously, there is, and will only ever be, one Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, so the person who emailed you can go jump.

    This looks every bit as good as all of your other goodies. Your photos entice me every time and you commentary is always witty.

    I have to tell you that find myself keeping my fingers crossed every day before I click on your site just hoping that there is a new post. Even if there isn’t something new I just re-read an older entry. You never disappoint.

  43. A perfect combination. I will absolutely make this cake.

  44. My husband who grew up as a shepherd boy gets furious when I throw food away! Back then, they are pretty self-sufficient and food is only adequate. So he treasures every single bit of food that we have now :)

    These toffee cake looks great, send some my way next time!

  45. I’m with you on fishing stuff out of the composting bin, as gross as that sounds. I wrapped chocolate cake in a paper towel once and threw it in, only to fish it out later. Justification? It was wrapped in paper towel so totally free game. It was my one and only Miranda (Sex and the City) moment!

  46. This looks so good and simple. I don’t think it needs anything dripping off the side of it or piled on top. It’s perfect.

    And seriousluy about the blog name? Where do you find these quacks?

  47. Boring? I think not! Heath toffee pieces and brown sugar cake are far from boring. I love the base cake for this and I imagine you could top this with pretty much anything if you didn’t like toffee – mmmm… ideas are swimming in my head and making me hungry now!

  48. Boring? Are you kidding me? These look fantastic! I’ll just have to make sure I bake them while my boys are at school so they don’t fight me for the leftover toffee! ;)

  49. Anything with sour cream and buttermilk in it has GOT to be delicious! I would probably eat this whole thing too!

  50. I seriously doubt there would be any portion control if I came anywhere near these. Sigh. Drool. Love chocolate covered Heath bars!


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