Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Milky Way Cake

Milky Way Cake with Milky Way Frosting

Makes 12 Servings
Source: Milky Way Cake ~ Telling Dad Blog
Source: Milky Way Frosting ~ Tasty Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman
Date Acquired: January 3, 2012

The blog author (for the Milky Way Frosting) noted that HER original recipe called for $0.05 cent Milky Way Candy Bars! I’m glad that she included that little piece of historical information… it dated the recipe for me because I remember Grandpa (born in 1928) telling me that when he was a kid Candy Bars were only $0.05 cents…

There’s been quite a mark-up on those Milky Way Candy Bars since then… a 1700% MARK-UP over a span of around 80 years. I found them for $0.90 each (regular price) at the Giant… at the Dollar General they were $0.75 each (regular price)… Of course I cringed about not being able to find a sale but luckily I had some of these…

(These coupons also include Milky Way and 3 Musketeers)

I didn’t get my cost down to what it was nearly 80 years ago but the coupon helped bring the cost down to a 7400% increase compared to when Grandpa was a kid!

Milky Way Cake
6 regular full-size Milky Way Bars (don’t use minis, even if it’s the same weight!)
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs

1. Pre-Heat the oven to 350˚.
2. Cut 1 stick (½ cup) butter and Milky Way Bars into 1” chunks and melt in a sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
3. In a medium sized bowl, cream the remaining 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs to the sugar mixture ONE AT A TIME thoroughly incorporate each egg into the mixture.
5. In a small bowl combine the flour and baking soda.
6. Alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the sugar mixture… i.e.; add 1/3 of the flour, 1/3 of the buttermilk & repeat until there isn’t any more left to add…
7. Slowly pour the melted candy bar mixture into the batter and mix well to combine.
8. Add vanilla and mix well to combine.
9. Lightly grease and flour a tube pan… use caution: Globs of flour and grease don’t make pretty cakes!
10. Pour batter into the greased and floured pan, bake for an hour at 350˚ for 60 minutes.
11. Check your cake for doneness by inserting a clean wooden toothpick into the center… if it comes out clean, it’s done!
12. WAIT UNTIL the cake is COMPLETELY COOLED before trying to remove it from the pan… if you don’t it’ll still be yummy however, it WILL fall apart! After the cake has COMPLETELY cooled slowly separate the cake from the pan by running a butter knife between the two. Turn the pan over onto a lipped serving platter (see Milky Way Frosting notes).

*Notes: The original blog author suggested that we start checking the cake for doneness (after 50 minutes… I found that my cake needed an extra 5 minutes… for a total baking time of 65 minutes… The differences in baking times are likely the differences in our oven’s or possibly the pans… (My pan is old and dilapidated).

Milky Way Frosting
1 Stick (1/2) Butter
4 full size Milky Way Candy Bars
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
½ Cup Milk
1 Cup Finely Chopped Pecans
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1. Cut butter and Milky Way Bars into 1” chunks and melt in a sauce pan over VERY low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
2. Add powdered sugar, milk, chopped pecans and vanilla.
3. Immediately, pour the frosting over the cooled cake.

*Notes: This recipe makes A LOT of frosting… you’ll want a lipped serving platter to catch the excess ~  we just spoon it onto the individual pieces once the cake was cut!

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