THE recipe for Milky Way Cake, and you’re welcome

MilkyWay1It’s fall so, by popular request, I’m not only making Milky Way Cake for my family, I’m posting the recipe once again.

When I first posted this recipe in October 2009, I giggled to myself when I overheard people shopping for ingredients in Stop & Shop later in the week (“I got this recipe off a blog, believe it or not”).

Milky Way Cake is not a gourmet food, although the recipe did come from a book called “The Back of the Box Gourmet.” You may not want to reveal to foodie friends just how you made it, unless retro kitsch is one of their things.

First things first: you need a Bundt or tube-type pan. Grease and flour that thing well, especially the middle tube portion, and set it aside. Heat the oven to 350.

My cookbook pre-dates my marriage, so the sizes for candy bars have since changed. Here’s the ingredients list, with my modifications:


2 Milky Way Bars, sliced (that’s 4-5 “Fun Size” bars or about 3 full-size now)
1 cup plus 2 tbsp.water
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (the recipe specifies pudding-in-the-mix but I’ve had no problems with any other type)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 tbsp. flour

Stir the chopped up bars and 2 tbsp. water over medium heat in a saucepan until melted and smooth (use a whisk). Set aside and let cool slightly.

Mix the cake mix, 1 cup water, oil and eggs and beat with an electric mixer at low speed until combined, then 2 minutes on high speed.

Blend 2/3 cup batter and the flour with the melted Milky Way mixture.

Pour the remaining batter in the prepared pan, then pour the Milky Way mixture on top, keeping away from the sides of the pan. Run a knife through the batters to swirl.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until the cake tests done. Cool cake in pan for 25 minutes, then carefully ease it out of the pan. Trust me, you need to let it cool off, or you’re going to be dealing with a cake-tastrophe. Try not to cry when it breaks in half. Allow to cool completely before transferring to a plate or whatever you use for a cake container.


2 Milky Way Bars, sliced (that’s 4-5 “Fun Size” bars or about 3 full-size now)
2 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. water

Melt all of the above in a saucepan, just like you did above. Allow to cool slightly to reach a glaze consistency. Then drizzle it over the whole cake. After that’s done, feel free to lick the pan. Not that I ever do that.


4 thoughts on “THE recipe for Milky Way Cake, and you’re welcome

  1. Permission to submit this to a Girl Scout Troop doing a cookbook as a fundraiser? And also the Congregational Church is doing a Grafton Cookbook. Naturally I’d put your name on it…

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