Walt Disney World. One of my most favourite places on Earth. I think I like it there more now as an adult than I did as a kid. It’s magical, and amazing, and breathtaking.
My husband and I first visited Walt Disney World together in April of 2012 for our honeymoon. It was my first time staying on a Disney resort and using a Disney Dining Plan. We stayed at the Coronado Springs resort and loved every single minute. There’s nothing in this world like Disney service. We were treated like royalty, especially with it being our honeymoon and all.
We visited Disney again in February of last year with very good friends of ours. Once again we stayed on Disney property and enjoyed the Disney Dining Plan. This time we stayed at the Pop Century resort. It was an absolutely amazing time.
Since then I have vowed to never again visit Walt Disney World without staying on a Disney resort and enjoying the food that Disney has to offer. You never go hungry and the food is outstanding. It’s not your run of the mill food, and Disney’s restaurants are not run of the mill restaurants.
Now that another year has come and gone since our last visit, we are longing for Disney. But with being 6 months pregnant, a Disney vacation just isn’t in our near future. I decided this week that we need to bring a bit of Disney into my kitchen instead.
On both of our visits, we dined at The Liberty Tree Tavern in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Both times we ordered the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. It is ridiculous. A gooey toffee and chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with both caramel and chocolate sauce. To die for. And really, if you died eating this cake, you would die a very happy person.
This ooey gooey toffee cake from Disney is very rich and decadent. Definitely something to savour slowly.
The recipe is posted on many websites, but my go-to for Disney recipes is the All Ears website. They have a great archive of Disney recipes.
Please note: when the recipe is baked in a large pan, the edges set well, but the middle stays quite gooey. To avoid this, bake it in smaller baking dishes or muffin tins and bake for a bit less time.
[Recipe] Disney’s Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake
Makes 8 servings
Recipe adapted from All Ears Disney Recipe Archive
1 box yellow cake mix
1/4 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup toffee pieces
1 pound icing sugar (about 3 cups)
Preheat the oven to 325F.
Mix base ingredients well. The mixture will be crumbly, not smooth. And don’t mix the cake mix as if you were baking a cake. Just leave it dry, add the egg, and the butter. That’s it. Spread in a greased 9″x13″ baking pan.
Next, prepare the top layer.
Put the softened cream cheese in a large bowl or the bowl of a mixer. Whisk it until it’s smooth.
Add eggs and vanilla, mixing to well incorporate.
Add butter and mix well.
Put in powdered sugar, a bit at a time, mixing until the sugar is all incorporated.
Add the chocolate chips and toffee pieces.
Mix until incorporated, but do not over mix.
Pour this mixture over the base in the pan.
Bake for 40 – 50 minutes (I baked for 40 minutes, but I like it gooey), until the top is golden. Baking this in muffin tins will produce a less gooey cake with nice crispy edges. I’ll probably try that next time – it would also work well as the 12 individual servings.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and a caramel drizzle, if desired.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup toffee pieces
- 1 pound icing sugar
- Mix base ingredients well. Spread in a greased 9"x13" baking pan.
- Next, prepare the top layer.
- Put the softened cream cheese in a large bowl or the bowl of a mixer.
- Add eggs and vanilla, mixing to well incorporate.
- Add butter and mix well.
- Put in powdered sugar, a bit at a time, mixing until the sugar is all incorporated.
- Add the chocolate chips and toffee pieces.
- Mix until incorporated, but do not over mix.
- Pour this mixture over the base in the pan.
- Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, until the top is golden.