Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake

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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!”

Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake #EatMoreBites #shopBut 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.

Milky Way Bites
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!)

Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake #EatMoreBites #shop

Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake #EatMoreBites #shop

Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake

Filled with a layer of caramel frosting and topped with chocolate ganache, this Chocolate Caramel Milky Way Cake is a delicious treat!
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 569kcal


For the Chocolate Cake

For the Caramel Frosting

For the Chocolate Glaze

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • Tbsp water

For Garnish

  • 8 Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites


For the Chocolate Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 9” round cake pans; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a countertop mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and vanilla until light and fluffy (~4-5 minutes on medium speed).
  • Meanwhile, sift together the flour and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Separately, whisk together the milk and sour cream.
  • Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the bowl followed by ½ of the milk mixture; beat well. Repeat with another 1/3 of the flour and the remainder of the milk; beat well. Finish by adding the remaining flour along with the finely chopped chocolate; beat well. (Tip: Don’t forget to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.)
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two greased cake pans. Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Allow cakes to cool before frosting.

For the Caramel Frosting

  • Using a heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and increase heat to medium-high. Stir mixture constantly until it begins to boil, and then reduce heat to low.
  • Cook over low heat for 2 minutes and then stir in the milk.
  • Return mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it begins to boil, remove pan from the heat and allow it to cool until warm.
  • Stir in the vanilla and ½ cup of powdered sugar at a time until you reach the desired consistency. (If necessary, add a bit more milk.)

For the Chocolate Glaze

  • Place all of the ingredients (chocolate, butter, corn syrup and water) in a small heat-proof bowl over a gently simmering saucepan of water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate has melted fully and mixture is smooth.

To Assemble Cake

  • Place one layer of cooled cake on a large platter. Frost the top of the cake with the Caramel Frosting, reserving about ¾ cup of the frosting for garnishing the top of the cake.
  • Place the second layer of cake on top of the first.
  • Pour the warm Chocolate Glaze evenly around the outer edge of the cake, allowing it to fill top of the cake and run down the edges. If necessary, use a small offset spatula to help evenly distribute the glaze.
  • Using a piping bag fitted with a large star tip, pipe 8 large stars evenly around the top edge of the cake.
  • Place an unwrapped Milky Way Simply Caramel Bite in the center of each star.

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  1. Oh my gosh. I am quite literally salivating. My kids have loved the Milky Way Simply Caramel bars since we discovered them a while back, but I didn’t know they came in bites too. This cake looks unbelievable!

    1. haha…I know, Maria! This cake would be great for the Easter table, though! It’ll give you something to look forward to, right? 🙂

  2. Amateur mistake David… you need to throw the candy wrappers in the trash and then throw some other garbage on top of them so the wife never finds them. Haha, I speak from experience of course. This cake looks ridiculously good! Love a good milky way and the fact that you transformed it into a cake is mind-blowing awesome! Pinning 🙂

    1. Haha…you are totally right, Chris! I managed to hide the package…but totally forgot about wrappers. Complete rookie mistake right there. Thanks for stopping by…and hope the weather is a bit better down your way!

  3. Okay, going to take THIS cake to Easter lunch at my in-laws. As if they could love me anymore! LOL! GREAT job! Brandi from Collective Bias

  4. Dave:

    I have a Milky Way Cake recipe -that has l pound of Milky Ways in the batter. It is cooked in as a pound cake and has a fantasy fudge icing. This one also looks good and I will be trying it soon. Thanks.

    1. That cake you describe sounds delicious, too, Ann! Anything that involves cake and Milky Ways is bound to be delicious, right? 🙂

  5. So, Dear, I MUST make this cake as soon as possible. It looks delightful and I’m a huge caramel frosting fan. Chocolate, of course, is one of the basic food groups, so it just stands to reason that this will be a wonderful addition to my recipe box. I do have to make a slight correction, though….the villains from Rocky & Bullwinkle were Boris & Natasha. Snidely Whiplash was the thorn in the side of Dudley DoRight. I will, of course, forgive these errors since you have established yourself in my good graces by offering me a recipe that includes both chocolate and caramel.

    1. Ah, what a rookie mistake! I can’t believe I mixed up Rocky & Bullwinkle and Dudly DoRight. I am so ashamed. Maybe I just need to make another one of these cakes and drown my shame in chocolate and caramel. Yes, that will do nicely. 🙂 Thank you so much, Sylphie!

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