Milky Way Bundt Cake is truly out of this world! With eight full size candy bars melted and folded into the battered two more melted for the frosting, how could it not be?
History of the Milky Way Candy Bar
Contrary to modern interpretation and the previous paragraph, the Milky Way is not named after the universe in which we live. Back in the 1920s, when Milky Way candy bars were created, malted milk was all the rage. Ads for Milky Way candy bars focused on the belief that malted milk was healthy for you and proclaimed that they contained “more malted milk content than a soda fountain double malted milk!”
If the Milky Way Bundt Cake had been created during the early days of the Milky Way candy bar, the recipe would only call for five candy bars, instead of ten. That’s right! When the Milky Way candy bar was first introduced, they were each three ounces, almost twice the size that they are today.
Pay special attention to the candy bar that is shown in this 1961 ad featuring silent film star Buster Keaton. Did you notice that the candy bar has a lot more nougat and a lot less caramel than today’s bar? Slowly over the years, Mars, the maker of Milky Way, listened to what consumers were saying and added more caramel.
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Milky Way Bundt Cake Recipe
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 8 1.84 oz Milky Way candy bars
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- Place 1 stick of butter & all 8 unwrapped candy bars in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until completely melted. Set aside to cool.
- Grease & flour Bundt pan.
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Cream the remaining stick of butter & sugar together until light & fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Stir in vanilla.
- Stir baking soda into buttermilk.
- Add 1/3 of the buttermilk to creamed mixture, then add 1 cup of flour, beating on low just until combined. Repeat this step 2 more times until all buttermilk & flour have been combined with the creamed mixture.
- Fold in melted Milky Ways.
- Pour batter evenly into prepared pan. Place in center of oven. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool cake for 30 minutes before removing from pan.
- Cool completely before frosting.
- 2 1.84 oz Milky Way candy bars
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Melt butter & Milky Ways in a heavy bottomed saucepan, stirring constantly over low heat until completely melted and smooth.
- Remove pan from heat. Whisk in vanilla & powdered sugar until spreading consistency.