Retro Desserts – Milky Way Cake

Yes, Milky Way Cake. Seriously, what kind of crazy person would melt 8 candy bars with a stick of butter and fold them into a cake batter containing a full cup of shortening? I don’t know who gave my mom this recipe or who created it, but they are my hero. In fact, I’m giving up this whole cooking thing to personally finance and manage their campaign for President.

This recipe was at the top of my mother’s recipe box, wrinkled and flecked with bits of flour and who knows what else. All evidence of a recipe well-lived. It produces a cake that despite all the candy bars, is surprisingly light. It’s the frosting that turns it into an insanely rich confection. If you have a favorite chocolate frosting recipe, give it a try but we always had it filled and frosted with two jars of milk chocolate frosting. It’s so rich that only a ginormous dollop of non-dairy whipped topping (you know the one) can temper the decadence. It occurs to me every time I make this cake that I should whip up a batch of whipped cream to serve with the cake but I can never bring myself to do it. The cake and the Cool Whip (you knew all along) go together, at least in my mind. It’s like eating a plateful of my chocolate childhood and I don’t want to mess with it. If you do, let me know how it turns out.

I’ll be celebrating National Dessert Month by opening up my mother’s recipe box and sharing one of my favorite retro dessert recipes each week.

Milky Way Cake
Serves: 10-12
  • 8 Milky Way Candy Bars
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cups pecan pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 16-oz jars milk chocolate frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans.
  2. Melt candy bars and butter over low heat. Add pecan pieces and mix well.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Combine shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla in bowl of mixer and mix until just blended.
  4. Add flour and buttermilk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Stir in vanilla. Add melted candy mixture to batter. Pour into prepared pans and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes.
  5. Remove cakes from oven and let cool before removing from pans.
  6. Place one cake on a cake plate and frost with chocolate frosting. Repeat with remaining two layers.
  7. Schedule a visit to your cardiologist immediately.
 Milky Way Cake PIN


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