Milky Way Pound Cake Recipe

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Made with melted Milky Ways and topped with chocolate marshmallow frosting, this cake is simply indulgent.

I ran across this Milky Way Candy Bar Cake recipe in my Amish Country Cookbook. How can anyone who remotely likes sugar pass this recipe up?

A cake made with Milky Way candy bars. I immediately stopped flipping pages and began salivating like a Pavlovian dog when I saw this.

Milky Way Cake Recipe

CAKE MADE WITH MELTED CANDY BARS

When I first saw this Milky Way candy bar cake recipe and started my Pavlovian Dog salivating, I imagined a luscious chocolate cake with pieces of Milky Way Bars throughout the cake. I further imagined it topped with a heavenly chocolate ganache.

Now what I imagined would be amazing (and there’s an idea for an upcoming cake), but as I read this cake recipe I realized I was envisioning something totally different. And, as it turns out, that was just fine.

No, instead of having pieces of Milky Way Bars throughout the cake, this cake is made with 24 melted fun size Milky Way Bars. Yes, 24 fun size Milky Ways melted in butter (I know you just gained 10 pounds reading that.) and incorporated in the cake batter. Help me!!!!

It was also topped with a thick chocolate marshmallow cream frosting, which turned out to be just as yummy as the chocolate ganache I had originally imagined. Again, Help Me!!!!

Old Fashioned Milky Way Cake

Oh friends, this cake is the definition of indulgent. It’s not a chocolate cake. It is literally a Milky Way candy bar cake. Yes, you make Milky Way batter and then bake it (I salivate as I write this).

When it came to eating a piece, I just gave into temptation. Forget I’ll just have a little slice. No, I cut myself a huge chunk of a piece and treasured every bite. When it comes to this cake, just forget trying to resist temptation.

OLD FASHIONED MILKY WAY CAKE RECIPE

Milky way cake recipe ingredients

  • Fun Size Milky Way Bars
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Nuts
  • Butter
  • Eggs 
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla

Chocolate marshmallow cream frosting ingredients

The Best Milky Way Cake

How to make a milky way cake

  • Melt Milky Ways with 1 stick butter. Remove from heat and cool.
  • Cream remaining 2 sticks butter with sugar.
  • Add eggs and cooled chocolate mixture.
  • Alternately add flour and buttermilk to batter and blend well.
  • Add vanilla and nuts.
  • Grease and flour pans.
  • If using Three 9 inch pans bake at 325° to 350° for 30 – 45 minutes.
  • If using a bundt pan bake at 325° to 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes.

How to make chocolate marshmallow cream frosting

  • Combine sugar and evaporated milk.
  • Cook to a soft ball stage.
  • Remove from heat and add butter, marshmallow cream and chocolate chips
  • Stir until all have melted.
  • Add nuts (optional)
  • Ice cake
Milky Way Candy Bar Cake

HISTORY OF THE MILKY WAY CANDY BAR

After making this cake and researching this post, I wondered about the history of this great American candy bar.

According to this post by Snack History, the Milky Way Bar was invented by Franklin Clarence Mars in 1923. It was first sold in 1924 and had $800,000 of sales that year. By 1926 there were two versions of the bar, the chocolate nougat with milk chocolate coating, and vanilla nougat with a dark chocolate coating. Both versions are still sold today.

Cake Made With Milky Way Bars

CAKES DECORATED WITH CANDY BARS

One of my favorite ways to decorate a cake made in a bundt of tube pan is with pieces of candy bar. I put a glaze, icing or ganache on the cake and then place pieces of cut up candy on top around the center whole.

As well as doing it with this Milky Way Candy Bar Cake, I did this with my peanut butter pound cake. I applied a chocolate ganache to the cake and then topped the cake with pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It turned out amazing. You can check out the post here.

Amazing Milky Way Cake Recipe

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THIS MILKY WAY CAKE RECIPE

This cake defines the word indulgent. A moist, dense, rich cake made with 24 melted Milky Way Bars and topped with chocolate marshmallow cream frosting. It will be a huge hit at your house and at any gathering where it is served.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

I have linked to our related recipes below and I’m sure you will love them.

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MILKY WAY CANDY BAR CAKE RECIPE

Simple and indulgent cake made with melted Milky Ways and topped with chocolate marshmallow frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword milky way, milky way cake, candy bar cake, chocolate marshmallow cream icing
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes
Servings 18 slices
Calories 700kcal
Cost $14

Equipment

  • Bundt Pan or three 9 inch pans
  • Stand or Hand Mixer
  • Long Spatula

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR CAKE

  • 24 Fun size Milky Ways
  • 2 c Sugar
  • c Flour
  • c Buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 c Nuts walnuts or pecans
  • 3 sticks Butter room temperature
  • 4 Eggs well beaten
  • ¼ tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW CREAM FROSTING

  • c Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 c Chocolate chips
  • 1 c Evaporated milk
  • 1 c Marshmallow cream
  • 1 c Nuts optional

Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CAKE

  • Melt Milky Ways with 1 stick butter. Be careful to not let burn.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Cream remaining 2 sticks butter with sugar.
  • Add beaten eggs and cooled chocolate mixture.
  • Sift flour and baking soda together.
  • Alternately add flour and buttermilk to batter and blend well.
  • Add vanilla and nuts.
  • Grease and flour pans.
  • If using Three 9 inch pans bake at 325° to 350° for 30 – 45 minutes.
  • If using a bundt pan bake at 325° to 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes.
  • Let cakes cool and ice.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW CREAM FROSTING

  • Combine sugar and evaporated milk.
  • Cook to a soft ball stage.
  • Remove from heat and add butter, marshmallow cream and chocolate chips
  • Stir until all have melted.
  • Add nuts (optional)
  • Ice cake

Notes

If you are making the bundt cake you can cut the frosting recipe in half.  This makes enough frosting for 3 cake layers, which is way to much for a bundt cake.
I did not use nuts in the frosting and it was amazing.  I’m sure it’s also delish with nuts.
This cake freezes well.  For tips on freezing cakes like this please see my post on how to freeze pound cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 700kcal

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