Monday, September 7, 2009

Milky Way Cake

Last week the group My Girl, Paula baked up this delicious Milky Way Cake. It looked fabulous and I had been dying to try it. But I decided I needed to wait until we had someone to share the cake with before I made it. The thought of having an entire cake in my house for me and my husband to eat alone didn't sound like the greatest idea.

So fortunately, I had the opportunity this weekend to make it and share it. The cake was really easy to make and included melted Milky Way bars in the batter - yum. The frosting was a bit more challenging, as it had to reach a specific temperature on the stovetop. It took boiling for a good 10 minutes or so before I got it there. I was a little impatient. And then it got a little hard to frost towards the end as the icing began to cool and harden.

But the finished cake was very moist and oh so rich. It's the type of cake that you'll need to slice very thin, as you'll love the first several bites, but the richness just kind of gives you a stomachache after eating an entire piece!

Everyone commented how great it tasted and how much it really tasted like a Milky Way bar. So if you're a fan of Milky Ways, you'll definitely want to give this a try. And be sure to go to the blogroll at My Girl, Paula to see what the other group members did with their cakes (I've seen delicious looking Milky Way cupcakes and bundt cakes!).

Milky Way Cake
(from Paula Deen)

For Cake:
confectioners' sugar, for dusting pans
8 (1 3/4 ounce) Milky Way bars
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, well beaten
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Icing:
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup marshmallow cream
1/2 cup butter
6 ounces chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Grease three 9-inch cake pans and dust them with confectioner's sugar. To make the cake, melt the Milky Way bars with 1 stick of butter. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. Cream the remaining 2 sticks of butter with the granulated sugar. Add the beaten eggs and the cooled chocolate mixture. Sift the flour and the baking soda together. Alternately add the flour and buttermilk to the batter, blending well. Add the nuts and vanilla.

3. Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the cake is firm to the touch. Cool for 5 minutes, remove from the pans and place on cooling racks.

4. While the cake cools prepare the icing. Combine the sugar and milk in a heavy saucepan. Cook to the soft-ball stage (234 degrees on a candy thermometer). Remove the pan from the heat and add the marshmallow cream, butter and chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Add the pecans. When the cake has cooled completely, frost each layer, sides and top of the Milky Way Cake.

16 - 20 servings.

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Kim said...

Your cake is beautiful! I'm sure everyone loved it : ) It is one of our new favorites here.

Cathy said...

Oh my word. This looks outrageously good! Good call waiting to share this one. I bet everyone who got to enjoy this is feeling pretty lucky!

Tina Butler said...

Yours looks so pretty. I am glad you did the three layers That frosting did set up fast. It really is such a rich cake.

Erin said...

That looks so good! I love Milky Way!

Katrina said...

Looks heavenly!

JessG said...

I was one of Melissa's lucky "guinea pigs" for this recipe and I have to say this is one of the best cakes I've EVER had! It was so rich and moist, and really tasted like a Milky Way - YUM!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm! Came out so pretty. I'm glad you liked it. I didn't get to try it, but I plan to in the future.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks good! And it looks like a very dangerous thing to have in the house with just two people to eat it all!

Anonymous said...

I have made this great cake for years. I bake my cake in a bundt pan. It turns out great. Made it for a cake sale and it was a hit.

Unknown said...

I know its been a year since everyone has commented on this cake, but i found this recipe when googling Milky Way Cake and i decided it looked delicious enough to try! Especially since it is going to my be my Valentine's Day surprise for my boyfriend who loves the Milky Way Candy Bar! I did a trial run for my family back at home. It turned out great!! Very yummy...the only thing i had trouble with was the icing...mine turned out too grainy, i might have not cooked it long enough, but that was the trial run...we will see how it turns out Valentine's Day!! Wish me luck :)