Campfire Cake

Total Time:
45 min
30 min
15 min

10 to 12 servings

  • For the cake and flames:
  • 1 9 -ounce box chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 30 red hard candies (cinnamon or cherry), lightly crushed
  • 30 butterscotch hard candies, lightly crushed
  • 2 16 -ounce frozen pound cakes
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pulse the cookies in a food processor to make coarse crumbs. Transfer all but 1/2 cup crumbs to a bowl. Pulse the remaining crumbs until fine; add the 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and pulse. Transfer the fine crumbs to a separate bowl.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Sprinkle the red and butterscotch candies into a 7-by-10-inch rectangle, alternating colors as shown.

  • Bake the candies until completely melted, 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately run a knife through the yellow candy to swirl it into the red (be careful-the candy will be very hot). Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

  • Meanwhile, make the frosting: Wipe out the food processor (no need to wash it). Add the butter, confectioners' sugar, melted chocolate, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla and pulse until smooth.

  • Trim the long top and bottom edges of the pound cakes with a paring knife to make them rounded.

  • Spread the frosting over the pound cakes, making sure to cover the rounded undersides (leave the ends exposed to resemble cut logs).

  • Sprinkle the coarse cookie crumbs on a platter. Place 1 cake on the crumbs, then run a fork through the frosting to create the texture of bark. Rest the second cake at an angle on top; repeat with the fork.

  • Sift the fine cookie crumb mixture over the logs to look like ash.

  • Snap the candy sheet into different-size shards; press the shards into the lower cake to create the flames.

  • Photograph by Levi Brown

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