Candy-bar cake features chocolate and caramel

RECIPE FINDER

March 06, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Sue Schatz of Abingdon requested a Milky Way Cake recipe, and Carol Katsampis of Ellicott City replied with tester Laura Reiley's choice.

Milky Way Cake

Serves 16 to 20

six 2.10-ounce or 13 fun-size Milky Way candy bars

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, divided use

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 to 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

frosting (see recipe)

Melt candy bars and 1/2 cup butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Set aside. Cream remaining butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix thoroughly. Add flour and baking soda alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Add melted candy mixture. Mix well. Stir in vanilla and nuts, if using. Pour batter into greased tube or jellyroll pan.

Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour or until top springs back when lightly touched. It may take less time in a jellyroll pan. Remove cake from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. Frost.

Frosting

two 2.10-ounce Milky Way candy bars

1/2 cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

buttermilk

Melt candy bars and butter in double boiler. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add enough buttermilk to make it spreadable. Frost cooled cake.

Tester Reiley's comments: "Do not overbake, or the cake becomes dry: it required 50 minutes in a tube pan in my oven.

"For both the cake and the frosting, the amount of time you stir the ingredients dictates how incorporated the Milky Ways get.

"Little bits of chocolate and swirls of caramel add to the cake, so don't stir too much. The frosting is a streaky pale brown -- not the most attractive-looking cake you've ever seen, but the streaks of caramel and subtle chocolate flavor make this cake appealing. The nuts make it more like a Snickers, so they could be omitted for a more authentic Milky Way flavor."

Recipe requests

Wendy Stern of Longview, Wash., writes that she once had a "wonderful recipe for peppermint popcorn. I have lost it and have not been able to find another. Do you know of any recipes for peppermint or cinnamon popcorn?"

Marilyn D. Forrester of Salem, Ore., requested a "New Year's Eve German cucumber soup. I had this soup at the hospital where I worked about 20 years ago, and I'm still pining for it."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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