After careful consideration, I have decided to share my favorite sweets table recipe.
This recipe is a collaboration of several recipes I have found, my own preferences, and my own technique. Cake batter bark is undoubtedly the most popular item on any of my sweets tables. It is simple, it can be customized, and above all, it is decadent.
Cake Batter Bark
1 brick of milk/dark chocolate candy coating
1 brick of white chocolate candy coating
1-2 tbsp of shortening
7 Tbsp. cake mix (any kind will work)
The first step is to melt the milk/dark chocolate, as this composes the bottom layer. To start, break the candy coating in half. Include 1 tsp of shortening, and melt it on the lowest heat on the stove. I stir my chocolate constantly, and although it is tedious, it is important to watch for scorching.
Once the chocolate reaches a smooth, liquid consistency, remove it from the heat and spread the chocolate onto a baking sheet covered in wax paper. It is important this layer be thin, as the top layer is really the star of this recipe. If it takes two baking sheets to ensure you get a thin layer, use two separate baking sheets. You don’t want the final product to be to thick, as it becomes difficult to break apart.
Chill the chocolate for 20 minutes in the freezer.
While your bottom layer is chilling, begin melting the vanilla coating in the same fashion: adding shortening and watching closely for scorching.
One the coating is mostly melted, add 7 Tbsp of cake mix to the pot. Feel free to taste, and add more. It’s all a matter of personal preference. I like more cake mix, as I really want the taste to stand out. Be careful not to add too much, as this would make your elegant cake layer turn out lumpy.
Remove the chilled bottom layer from the freezer, apply a thicker layer of the cake mixture, decorate as you please, and chill for another 20 minutes. Once it’s hard, remove from the freezer, break apart your bark (I sometimes use a very sharp knife for this), and you are good to go!
Yahoo! Cake batter heaven.
The top layer is the fun layer to add colors, sprinkles, and other embellishments to. You can stir in sprinkles, you can add them once you’ve spread the top layer, or you can add a layer of sprinkles in between. Be creative and have fun!