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Decadent Whopper Cake and Frosting

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If you're looking for a decadent, fancy(ish) that doesn't require special skill, this Chocolate Malt Cake is it! With a few shortcuts, this Decadent Whopper Cake is made mostly from scratch and sure to impress all guests.

slice of yellow butter cake with chocolate frosting on a white plate

For this recipe we're talking about the Whopper candy, the malted milk balls...NOT the (equally delicious) fast food Whopper which was the first image that popped into my mind. While I'd love to be talented enough to recreate that Whopper in icing on a cake, I am not.

This Whopper Candy Cake recipe is broken into 3 parts - the butter cake recipe, the chocolate malt frosting recipe, and the chocolate ganache recipe for decorating.

If you're a fan of chocolate, you will love this cake. I put it right up there with a flourless chocolate cake and these Andes Mint Cupcakes. And my strawberry cake and strawberry banana cake. I mean...cake.

I've broken down the instructions for each of the 3 parts, plus assembly and decorating.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • Very simple to make!
  • You can use butter cake mix as the base or substitute

The base is actually a butter cake mix, straight from the package. No need to worry about measuring out dry ingredients because we're just going to prepare the box mix and continue to the frosting.

I know, I know...if you're using cake mix, does it really count as "from scratch"? Well, in this case since we're not following the box instructions exactly and adding so much to the recipe, I think it does.

One thing to note is that this is a layer cake, so you'll want to make sure you have 3 round pans before starting.

layered cake with chocolate frosting and whopper candies on a white cake stand

If you don't have the round pans or don't want to make a layer cake, you can also follow the instructions and bake like a regular cake too. It may not look as fancy but you'll get all of the delicious frosting and that's really what this recipe is about, isn't it? Frosting and candy!

In between each layer is a heavenly chocolate cake filling of creamy, sweet icing.

The entire cake is covered then covered in the frosting and topped with chocolate ganache drip.

The chocolate ganache frosting is to die for. I have to stop myself from eating it by the spoonful! See below for how to make ganache, whether it's for this decadent dessert or any other chocolate ganache cake.

Top with crushed chocolate malt balls and you have the ultimate chocolate lover's dream cake!

Serve as a birthday cake or just as a special dessert and impress all of the guests!

Ingredients

For the Whopper Candy Cake

  • Butter cake mix
  • Water
  • Unsalted butter
  • Large eggs

For the Chocolate Malt Icing

  • Unsalted butter
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Malted milk powder
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whopper candy, half crushed and set aside

For the Milk Chocolate Ganache

  • Semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy whipping cream
slice of butter cake with chocolate frosting on a white plate

Supplies

How To Make Chocolate Whopper Cake

  1. To make the base for this decadent chocolate cake, begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray each of the 3 cake pans with baking spray and line them with round parchment paper.
  3. Beat all cake ingredients together with a standing mixer until smooth and combined.
  4. Divide the batter evenly into all 3 cake pans.
  5. Bake for 25-35 minutes.
  6. Allow them to cool completely before frosting.

Making Malted Frosting

  1. Beat all frosting ingredients together with a standing mixer, until smooth and combined.
  2. Scoop two cups into a piping bag and set them aside.

How to Make Chocolate Ganache

  1. Pour heavy whipping cream into a small pot over medium heat.
  2. Add chocolate chips to a heat-safe bowl.
  3. When the heavy whipping cream begins to simmer, remove from heat and pour onto the chocolate chips.
  4. Let sit for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate ganache into a squeeze bottle.

How to Assemble the Chocolate Whopper Cake

  1. Once they have cooled completely, remove the cakes from the pan and onto cake boards.
  2. Remove the domes from the cakes with a cake slice, to create flat, equal layers.
  3. Scoop 1 cup of frosting onto one of the layers and spread evenly.
  4. Place the second cake on top of the frosting.
  5. Spread another cup of frosting on top of the second cake.
  6. Place the last layer on top and frost with the remaining frosting, aside from what you've set aside in the piping bag.
  7. Place the cake in the fridge while you make the chocolate ganache.

Decorating Chocolate Whopper Cake

  1. Pipe dollops down the side of the frosted cake with the ganache.
  2. Pipe dollops of frosting on the top of the cake.
  3. Place a whopper in each frosting dollop.
  4. Sprinkle crushed whoppers on the top.

ADDITIONAL RECIPES TO TRY

Yield: 12 servings

Decadent Whopper Cake and Frosting

whopper cake slice on plate

Learn how easy it is to make a fancy(ish) cake mostly from scratch with this easy cake and frosting recipe. This would make a fantastic birthday cake.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Instructions

Cake Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spay the cake pans with baking spray. Line cake pans with round parchment paper.
  2. Using the standing mixer, beat all cake ingredients together until smooth and combined.
  3. Divide the batter between the 3 cake pans.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely.

Malted Frosting Directions

  1. Using a standing mixer, beat together all the frosting ingredients until combined and smooth.
  2. Scoop about 2 cups into the piping bag, and set aside.

Building the cake directions

  1. Carefully remove the cakes from the cake pans and onto the cake boards.
  2. Using the cake leveler, remove the domes from the cakes to create even slices.
  3. Using one of the cake slices, scoop 1 cup of frosting onto the top of the cake slice and spread evenly.
  4. Place a second cake slice on top of the first layer of frosting.
  5. Scoop another cup of frosting on top and spread evenly.
  6. Place the last cake layer on top. Frost the cake with the remaining frosting.
  7. Place the cake in the fridge while you make the chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache Directions

  1. Using a small pot, pour the heavy whipping cream into it and place it on medium heat.
  2. Pour the chocolate chips into a medium heat-safe bowl.
  3. Once the heavy whipping cream starts to simmer, remove it from the heat and pour it onto the chocolate chips.
  4. Let the ganache sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate ganache into the squeeze bottle.

Decorating the cake:

  1. Using the ganache, the pipe dollops down the sides of the cake.
  2. Using the frosting in the piping bag, pipe dollops of frosting.
  3. Place a whopper into the frosting dollops.
  4. Sprinkle some crushed whoppers around the top of the frosting. Cut and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 386Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 82mgSodium 61mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 16gProtein 3g

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Author

  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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