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Brown Sugar-Toffee Cake

The secret to success with this lighter version of a brown sugar pound cake is having all the ingredients at room temperature and beating the batter 2 to 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Serve with vanilla ice cream.



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1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
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¼ tsp. baking soda
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⅛ tsp. baking powder
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⅛ tsp. salt
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6 Tbs. butter, softened
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1 cup dark brown sugar
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½ cup sugar
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2 eggs, at room temperature
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¼ cup cold strong coffee
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1 tsp. vanilla extract
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½ cup fat-free plain yogurt, at room temperature
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3 milk chocolate-toffee bars, such as Heath


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Set aside.

3. Beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar with electric mixer until smooth in separate bowl. Beat in eggs one at a time, and then beat in coffee and vanilla extract. Add 1/4 cup yogurt, and beat until smooth. Add half of flour mixture, and beat until smooth. Beat in remaining 1/4 cup yogurt, then remaining flour mixture. Beat 2 to 3 minutes, or until batter is smooth and creamy.

4. Spread batter in prepared cake pan, and bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, pulse milk chocolate-toffee bars in food processor 8 times, or until crushed into bits. (It’s OK if some bits are larger than others.) Unmold cake from pan, and set on wire rack. Sprinkle chocolate-toffee bits on top of cake while hot. Cool completely before serving.

Nutrition Information: 

5 g
Total Fat: 
15 g
Saturated Fat: 
8 g
68 g
81 mg
231 mg
1 g
49 g
Serves 12

Comments on this Recipe

Here's the recipe for cake, Lori, I add a dusting of chopped pecans after I greased the pan and before I put the batter in. Safe travels to Arizona! Rachel

I made this cake and it was delicious! Some of my guests had a second slice. Great recipe!

I've now made this 3 weekends in a row. Its simple and everyone LOVES it.

I don't like coffee. What should I substitute for the coffee in the brown sugar-toffee cake recipe?

Haven't seen a Health bar in years. Do they still have such a thing? Can't get it in MA as far as I know. Barb

I got a 6 pack of Heath Bars at WalMart.

Joy, It is only 1/4 cup of coffee in that whole 9" cake. As a diabetic, I'm more worried about all the sugar...1and 1/2 cups. Using 1/2 cup baking Splenda will lower the calories too.

Is this 1/4 cup of coffee powder?

The picture of the toffee cake is amazing but the recipe calls for 2 eggs which i dont consume What can be substituted for eggs?

This cake is simply amazing. Wonderfully moist. Easy to make and difficult to keep around!!!!

I made this cake following the recipe and noone in my family including myself liked it. Maybe its a manner of personal taste? Based off my experience the recipe does not make a lot of batter so take that into consideration.