I created this Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake recipe as part of a sponsored post for Mars and Collective Bias®.
I have a confession to make. I like mini chocolate candy bars. Even with all of the delicious desserts coming out of my kitchen, I still have to keep some mini-candy bars stashed away for emergencies. You know, those emergencies that tend to happen everyday after lunch. My wife often asks why I keep candy around since there’s almost always a cake or cookies or pie on the kitchen counter (and sometimes all three). I tried to explain how a mini-candy bar is just different than a slice of cake or pie, but she didn’t buy it. So then I took to stashing candy in hiding places so she didn’t see it. But there was a fatal flaw in my plan. Wrappers. Yup, she found the wrappers in the trash. I felt a bit like Snidely Whiplash, the villain from Rocky & Bullwinkle, who always muttered “Curses! Foiled again!”
But while I was doing my weekly grocery run at Walmart this week, I came across a most amazing invention. A bag of unwrapped Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites. This is a game changer. No more wrappers! After snacking on a few of these bites on the way home, I decided I needed to make a cake featuring these tasty little bites. A chocolate cake…with caramel frosting…coated in a thin layer of chocolate ganache…and topped with some of these Milky Way Bites of course! This delicious cake was fun to make, and even more fun to eat. We had some friends visiting for the weekend, and let’s just say that cake didn’t last very long.
I do have a couple of quick tips for making this tasty Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake. First, make sure the cake layers have cooled completely before adding the caramel frosting in the middle. Second, I used a #32 tip to make the small frosting stars on the top of the cake, but I bet any small star tip would work just fine. When I piped the stars on top, I did have to add a bit of cream and powdered sugar to the caramel frosting to loosen it up a bit. And finally, make sure to save some of the Milky Way Bites for the top of the cake. (That was the hardest part for me!)