This Milky Way Bundt Cake features Milky Way candy bars baked in the cake and sprinkled on top. It’s the perfect dessert for the chocolate lover in your life!
As I was unwrapping the Milky Way bars to make this cake, I was reminded of a fun story way back when I was in grade school. There were 5 of us boys who carpooled to school together, and each family rotated driving responsibilities. Friday was the Parker’s day. Back then, Mrs. Parker drove a station wagon. You know, the epic 80’s station wagon with wood paneling on the outside? Yeah, that kind of station wagon! That wagon was longer than a boat and probably impossible to parallel park…but it was a great way to haul a bunch of boys around after school.
That wagon also had the real-facing rumble seat that popped up in the back trunk, and I remember we’d take turns with riding back there. Those rear-facing seats have kinda disappeared in cars today (probably for safety reasons), but I still miss them. Although, as a driver now, it might be a bit strange to pull up in traffic and have two 8-year-old boys staring right at you.
Mrs. Parker had Friday carpool duty, so of course we were always in a good mood when she picked us up on Friday afternoon. Armed with the promise of weekend adventures ahead, we’d pile into her car and head home. But Mrs. Parker took Friday carpool to the next level. She’d often have little games for us to play on the drive home. For some reason, I still vividly remember the time she asked us to guess the number of times MC Hammer said “Hammer Time” in his famous song. The prize? A king-sized Milky Way bar. I don’t remember what I guessed, but I do remember that I won. As if a rambunctious 8-year-old on a Friday afternoon really needed a huge candy bar!
Milky Way Bundt Cake
Fast forward 30 years, and I now prefer to bake with my candy bars rather than eat them plain. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll still eat candy bars with the best of ’em…especially those mini-candy bars at Halloween time. But baking with candy bars is still more fun. Take this Milky Way Bundt Cake for instance. This cake is perfect for the chocolate lovers in your life! Start with a chocolate bundt cake (complete with melted Milky Way bars in the cake). Top that cake with an easy chocolate ganache. And then add some chopped Milky Way bars on top. That’s what I call one delicious cake!
This Milky Way Bundt Cake was a huge hit with Laura’s coworkers, too. (As much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t justify keeping the entire cake in our house.) I got a text from Laura saying that the cake had been reduced to just a few crumbs by mid-morning. Good thing I saved an extra slice of this Milky Way Bundt Cake for myself here at home! Truthfully, this cake could probably be made with nearly any candy bar. Snickers, Baby Ruth, Hershey’s with Almonds or my favorite…the Skor bar. Ok, that’s it. I’m making this Milky Way Bundt Cake again this weekend…but with Skor bars. And I’m not sharing it with Laura’s coworkers!
Oh, and for the record, MC Hammer says Hammer Time 24 times in that song. File that away in case you ever have the opportunity to win a king-sized candy bar. Happy baking!
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Milky Way Bundt Cake
For the Cake
- 4 full-sized Milky Way candy bars chopped
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 4 large eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Frosting
- 1⅓ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 full-sized Milky Way candy bars chopped
For the Cake
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Using a small saucepan, add candy bars, buttermilk, butter and cocoa powder. Place over medium heat; heat, stirring often, until butter has completely melted. Remove from heat and stir until well combined; set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
- Using a large mixing bowl, add sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; stir until well combined.
- Once chocolate mixture has cooled, pour into the bowl with the flour; stir until well combined.
- Using a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture into the bowl with the chocolate batter; stir until well combined. (Tip: Don’t forget to scrape sides of the bowl when stirring.)
- Grease and flour a standard Bundt pan. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
- Remove cake from oven and let rest in pan for 5 minutes. Invert pan onto cooling rack and let cool for 5 more minutes before lifting pan off. Let cake cool completely before adding frosting.
For the Frosting
- Using a small saucepan, add the chocolate chips and whipping cream; heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
- Pour frosting over top of cake.
- While frosting is still wet, sprinkle chopped candy bars on top. Let frosting set up (~1 hour) before slicing and serving.