Sunday, November 20, 2011

Symphony Chocolate Cake

Hershey's-Cake-Slice
Having made my older son Travis a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake for his birthday, my younger son Josh decided that he wanted some kind of candy bar theme for his birthday cake as well.  Josh is my picky eater.  Or, should I say he knows what he likes and what he doesn’t like (and he doesn’t happen to like most of the things I make for supper).  So when it came to making his cake, he of course had opinions about what he wanted:  chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, but absolutely NO dark chocolate.  He said he wanted a “Hershey’s Cake” with Hershey bars on it.  And as we talked about different kinds of Hershey bars, I brought up Hershey’s Symphony Bars with milk chocolate, almonds, and toffee bits.  I swear that is what we decided on.

Symphony-Cake
While he was at school, I made his cake.  I cut up two whole Symphony candy bars—one for between the layers and one for the top.  I thought it looked pretty good.  The almonds and toffee bits of the candy bar added color and texture to the top of the cake.  When Josh came home, he thought it looked good too.  That is until he took a closer look and saw nuts on the cake, and yelled “Mom, I said NO NUTS!”  I felt so bad that he was disappointed with his cake.  He knew I felt bad, and after awhile he came and told me that it was OK, that he would still eat it.  I reassured him that there were no nuts in the cake, just a few in the candy bars I used on top and between the layers.  Honestly, I knew once he tried it he would like it, and I told him that.  As it turned out, he liked it a lot.  Thank goodness!

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Symphony Chocolate Cake
A classic chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and garnished with Symphony candy bars.

Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Hershey's Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
   For Frosting
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Hershey's Cocoa
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bars (4.25 ounces each) Hershey's Almond Toffee Symphony Bars, chopped

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 350°F and spray or grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.2. Cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs and vanilla.3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 4. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the creamed mixture, beating until smooth.5. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 30 to 45 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.6. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert cakes onto cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.7. To make frosting, beat together the butter and the powdered sugar.8. Add the cocoa alternately with the milk and continue to beat.9. Add the vanilla and beat until frosting is the consistency to spread. (Add more milk if needed)10. After frosting the first layer, sprinkle one chopped Symphony bar over frosting; top with second cake layer and continue to frost; sprinkle top with second chopped Symphony bar.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 cake
Cake recipe adapted from Hershey's Heritage Chocolate Cake and frosting recipe adapted from Hershey's One-bowl Buttercream Frosting.

32 comments:

  1. Awesome cake..made perfectly

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    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  2. Too bad your son doesn't like almonds, because I have a feeling using almond flour in the cake or almond extract in the frosting would have tasted amazing.

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  3. I also just realized that I don't think we get Hershey's Symphony in Canada, because I've never heard of it... If there was a chocolate bar with almonds AND toffee lying around, I think I would have heard of it!

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  4. Jill, this cake looks fabulous! And though initially there may have been a question of disappointment, your sweet reward is the harmony orchestrated by your son's loving nature. Brava!

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  5. This is a beautiful cake, Jill! Bookmarking for a chocolate craving!

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  6. Oh my goodness; that is one stunning cake. How lucky is your son to have a mother like you?

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  7. The cake looks fantastic..... All cakes should have candy on it. My son swears he hates nuts but I see him eat all sorts of stuff with nuts, and he says that it's different in candy lol.

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  8. Beautiful cake Jill! I'm glad he liked it!

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  9. Such a gorgeous cake. I cringed when you wrote the he said "No Nuts." Thank goodness he changed his mind. Kids can be so "picky", sometimes.
    Happy Birthday wishes to your son!

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  10. What a fantastic cake, i want a little piece.

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  11. Yikes...well. I LIKE NUTS! I'm happy to eat all those little pieces on top :)

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  12. What a delicious cake for your son's Birthday! Bummer he was upset about the nuts at first, but glad to hear he ate it. I am glad I like nuts, I know I would have devoured a piece of this in no time ;)!

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  13. Awesome cake for birthday. Belated birthday wishes to your son. I love to have piece of it.

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  14. Wow! Your son is SO lucky to have you make this cake...nuts and all! It's absolutely stunning!

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  15. Aww bummer, but it sounds like Josh came around and all was good! Kids will always tell us like it is ;)
    Take care..

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  16. Oh goodness that story breaks your heart at first. What a great son to come back though and accept it for what it was...what a wise mom to come up with such a delicious creation. I would be beyond excited for a slice of this cake. Delicious!

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  17. What a gorgeous cake! Absolutely stunning!

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  18. The cake looks gorgeous , I have picky eater here too , my son absolutely hates nuts of any kind so I cannot have nuts in any of the chocolate dishes . Good to know that he tried it and loved it so mission accomplished . Happy Thanksgiving Jill :) .

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  19. Beautiful, I'm dying to make a chocolate layer cake! Have to get my pies out of the way. Have a happy Thanksgiving;-)

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  20. Beautiful Cake. I have teenage boys and they dislike nuts as well. Its a kid thing. I am so happy to have found your cooking blog! Take Care

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  21. This cake is gorgeous! It looks so decadent and delicious, Jill! My husband would have been disappointed by the nuts too! Oh men are so picky!

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  22. Awww, so glad he ended up liking the cake! It looks fantastic =)

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  23. Your cake looks delicious! It does hurt when you try to make a WOW birthday cake and then they find something wrong with it. I've done that before and I know they don't mean to sound ungrateful I think they just don't think sometimes before they speak. I'm glad he liked it. I know I'd like to try a slice of it myself.

    I'm happy you liked your cookie press. Whenever you decide to use it I'd love to see a picture of one of your creations.

    Have a great day!

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  24. What a great chocolate cake with such perfect texture!

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  25. How did I miss this beautiful cake??? I hope your son had a wonderful birthday. How could he not with this fabulous chocolate cake and his favorite candy bars! Love this! : )

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  26. You cake look and sound AMAZING!!!! Love your photos, and recipe is just fantastic too! Thanks for sharing and wishing you awesome Holidays!

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  27. Jill-your Hersheys' Symphony Cake is totally amazing, and gorgeous...I bookmarked it to make soon! So glad that your son decided to give it a chance, and liked it after all with the nuts.(that's the best part of the topping)
    Thanks for sharing your honest and heartwarming post, and your recipe!
    Hugs,

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  28. Jill, you do know how to make a stunning cake! This one looks utterly amazing. My picky ones would have demanded no nuts as well...and would be scraping off the candy bars :/ So I'm delighted Josh loved this after all.

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  29. I made this cake for my boyfriend's birthday! He LOVES chocolate so I wanted to give him something to remember! I brought this cake with me when we went out to eat with my family, and I even shared it with our servers! One of the servers came to the table and asked who made the cake. I said I did, and she said she had been a pastry chef for over 10 years, and thought the cake was amazing! I told her then that I didn't make up the recipe but got it off the Internet, but man, what a compliment! Thanks for an amazing cake!

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    1. So glad that everyone enjoyed the cake! And thanks for letting me know!

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  30. I absolutely love this Symphony Candy Bar! I have to make this cake! Looks fabulous!

    Warmest Regards,
    Annamaria

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