Tiramisu Toffee Angel Cake

Even I, the Woman-Who-Ingests-More-Butter-Than-Is-Humanly-Possible, like to lighten up a bit after the holidays. There’s the post-baby weight, the pounds I gained for the 12 Days of Cookies series, the additional poundage from Christmas with my family, and finally, the extra weight from having a cold for 10 days and not getting off my arse, except to eat (of course).

I needed something for a post-New Year get together recently, and I knew folks might be a little tired of the rich and heavy. This Tiramisu Toffee Angel Cake fit the bill perfectly — feather light but oozing with the creamy espresso flavor, toffee crunch and warm mocha drizzle.

Make this. And don’t feel bad.

Tiramisu Toffee Angel Cake

Tiramisu Toffee Angel Cake

Ingredients

1 store bought angel food cake

1/3 cup strong black coffee, room temperature

2 tablespoons coffee liqueur

Filling:

8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

3 Tablespoons coffee liqueur

1/4 cup toffee bits (I used Heath)

Frosting:

1/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 Tablespoon instant espresso or instant coffee powder

1 container (8 ounces) frozen light whipped topping, thawed

Drizzle:

1/4 cup fat-free or sugar-free fudge ice cream topping

1 Tablespoon coffee liqueur

Instructions

1. Using a serrated knife, cut angel food cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place 1 cake layer on a serving platter; set other layers aside on a flat work surface.

2. In a small bowl, combine the coffee and 2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur. With a wooden skewer or spaghetti noodle, poke holes all over on all three layers. Drizzle mixture evenly over the tops of all three layers to soak mixture into holes. (I found it easiest to drizzle a little and spread with a pastry brush. Repeat until mixture is gone.)

3. For filling: In bowl of electric mixer, cream together cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and the liqueur until blended and smooth. Spread the top of the cake layer that is on the serving platter with half of the filling mixture. Sprinkle half of toffee bits on top. Place a second cake layer on top of first layer and spread the top with remaining filling. Sprinkle remaining toffee bits on top. Place the third cake layer on top of second cake layer.

4. For frosting: In a small bowl, combine confectioners sugar with the tablespoon of instant espresso. Fold mixture into the thawed whipped topping just until blended. Frost the entire cake with the whipped topping mixture. Chill cake for at least 2 hours.

5. To serve: Before serving, combine fudge ice cream topping and 1 Tablespoon of coffee liqueur. Drizzle over chilled cake. Using a serrated knife, cut cake, making 16 servings.

Adapted from Better Recipes

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