20 July 2008

Milky Way® Cake

Where, oh where, has Nemmie been?? Well, I originally had this post scheduled for Thursday, but lost track of time. It's been a busy week:

  • Worked myself to the bone at the office.
  • Hosted (and also attended!) my very first Realies Cooking Club meeting, which was totally awesome. And forgive the picture of me in that link: when people ask me to smile for the camera I tend to dork out.
  • Attempted my next Daring Bakers Challenge, which flopped worse than Tony Parker on a basketball court. Off to try try again...
  • Sewed like a fiend in order to get some darn drapes on my poor naked windows. Poor poor naked windows. Only the dining room and living room left to clothe!
  • Read two books that have had me totally engrossed, therefore meant no time baking/cooking/blogging. I very much recommend both books, by the way (click links to see).
  • Saw the new Batman Movie, which totally rocked and then some. I want to see it again already. Me and my sis Beah LOVED the Michael Keaton one when we were little, this is the only version that is as good (well actually, it was better). So go see it if you haven't yet!

So yeah, you see. Busy. But have plenty to blog about in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! In the meantime: I made you this fabulous little Milky Way cake as a way of apologizing. Well, okay. I actually made it for a friend's birthday. But it was really good!

This cake is incredibly rich, so small slices are best! I loved it plain, although Hubs thought it could use some caramel or chocolate frosting (men; sometimes I swear he has a meaner sweet tooth than any woman I know). I loved the flavor of this - the candy bar is so subtle, almost more of an essence that hits you after you've tasted a bite. For as rich as it is, the cake is also remarkably light (I thought it would be this very heavy, dry monstrosity). A goodie with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea, I would think. Just be sure to have a wee slice, or you will regret it later when your tummy hurts!

Milky Way® Cake
(from Simply Simpático, from the Junior League of Albuquerque, 1981)

8 Milky Way® candy bars
2 sticks butter, divided (one at room temperature)
2 1/3 c. all purpose flour
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
1 c. pecans
4 eggs
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour a tube pan.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt 1 stick butter and 8 milky bars together, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool.

Cream sugar and 1 stick of butter (the one at room temperature) for about 3 minutes, until pale and fluffly. Add eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly mixed.

Add the baking soda to the milk. Add milk mixture and flour to the batter, alternating, about 3 times (you want to begin and end with the flour). Stir in MILKY WAY® bars and pecans.

Bake for 90 minutes at least, until a knife inserted comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes in the pan, then gently remove and finish cooling on a cooling rack. Serve room temperature (Hubs thinks with a healthy dollop of caramel ice cream topping).


sue @ postcards from paradise falls said...

Oh my gosh that sounds delicious!! I discovered your blog through surfing and I love it.

(I saw The Dark Knight yesterday and loved it!! I actually reviewed it on my blog.

Thanks for the great recipe!

grace said...

good googa mooga. it's hard enough for me to resist candy bars as it is, and i know for a fact that i couldn't resist this. i blame you for my future weight gain. :) it looks and sounds sensational!

Dayna said...

your blog as a link from baking bites- pointing to your zebra cakes - they look so good!

I noticed you are a daring baker. I just participated for the first time last month with the danish braid. And plan to make this months piece in the next day or two. Your other DB projects look amazing. Good luck with attempt two. I look forward to seeing your results!

sarah j. gim said...

slap a scoop of chocolate ice cream, drizzle with hot caramel and send that baby my way

Anonymous said...

Are we talking 8 full size milky way bars? Or the fun-size?

Anonymous said...

I was going to ask the same question about the size of the bars. This cake looks and sounds fantastic!
Thank you for posting it.


Nemmie said...

8 full-size bars. Yeah. It's a lotta candy bar.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

How fun is that? A Milky Way cake? I made Snickers cookies last fall, and that was fun. But I like making cakes even more.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try this but don't have a bundt pan, would a 9" round tin or 8x8 tin work?

Joshua said...

nice recipe, like every other recipe of yours, this is also good.. but muffin and pastries is my favourite all the time. Thanks for sharing..

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Fairy Tales and Fireflies said...

Hi Nemmie! I just saw your recipe for Milky Way Cake pinned and thought I'd click because I've been making Milky Way Cake for years. I noticed how your husband would like an icing. Mine has icing! Anyway, you can cut the recipe to six bars in the cake and then use three in an icing with a stick of butter and two cups powdered sugar - it's sublime. I didn't think anyone else out there made them! So glad to meet a fellow enthusiast!