Monday, August 31, 2009

Milky Way Cupcakes for My Girl Paula

Run, don't walk, to the kitchen and make this cake! It's that good! I made these little cupcakes today and I am already guilty of eating two of them!! This Milky Way cake/cupcakes is this week's recipe for My Girl Paula, a group who is cooking recipes from Paula Deen's Lady & Sons Too cookbook. I knew the recipe would be good, but I didn't know it would be SO DARN DELICIOUS!!

The cake has a melt in your mouth quality (probably all that butter) and is quite dense. Both the cake and the frosting have a caramel flavor. I happen to love caramel, especially with bites of chocolate throughout. I am also sharing this information for those of you who might think "milky way cake" sounds like it would be a chocolate cake, which was my initial thought. Paula's recipe calls for pecans in the cake and also pecans in the frosting, but I didn't include them and I am very happy that I left them out. The frosting is cooked on the stove and is very ooey, gooey and sticky. It is kind of a buttercream meets a fudge. It is a little on the runny side(see pics above & below) when first applied to cupcake/cake, but will harden as it sits.

This is probably the most fattening of all Paula's desserts. There are 3 sticks of butter in the actual cake, and another stick of butter in the frosting. This is part of the reason why I left the pecans out, but I also enjoy a smooth cake and frosting. In addition to all this butter, there are 8 whole milky way bars in the cake. This is not for someone watching their waistline, unless they want a total indulgence! For all these reasons, I chose to make cupcakes again. I like to spread the calories around!!

MILKY WAY CAKE- adapted from Paula Deen's Lady & Sons, Too
Confectioners' sugar for dusting pan/or make cupcakes with liners
Eight 1-3/4 oz. Milky War Bars
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter ** Yes, 3 sticks : )
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, well beaten
2 -1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans, if using

2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup marshmallow cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
6-ounces chocolate chips -I used milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans, if using
additional Milky Way bars - for garnishing (it adds a wonderful bite to the cupcake)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease 3 9-inch cake pans and dust with confectioner sugar OR make cupcakes and use liners. To make the cake, melt the Milky way bars with 1 stick of butter. Remove from the heat and let cool. Cream the remaining 2 sticks of butter with the granulated sugar. Add the beaten eggs and the cooled chocolate mixture. Sift the flour and the baking soda together. Alternately add the flour and buttermilk to the batter, blending well. Add the nuts and vanilla. Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes (Note: I also baked my cupcakes about 30 -35 mins), or until firm to the touch. Cool for 5 minutes, remove from the pans, and place on cooling racks. While the cake cools, prepare the icing: Combine the sugar and milk in a heavy saucepan. Cook to the soft-ball stage (234 degrees on a candy thermometer). Remove the pan from the heat and add the marshmallow cream, butter, and chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Add the pecans (optional). When the cake has cooled completely, frost each layer, sides and the top of the Milky Way Cake.

Enjoy a very decadent and extremely indulgent treat!!

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Lastly, I was tagged by Sylwia of Unsifted and am sharing the ABC's of me below. If I tag you, and you choose to play along, here are the guidelines:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share the ABCs of you.
4. Tag 4 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let the 4 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag. it goes:
1. A – Available/Single? Married
2. B – Best friend? I have a ton of best friends. My children, my parents, my husband, and my three childhood friends
3. C – Cake or Pie? Pie
4. D – Drink of choice? Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke or Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea
5. E – Essential item you use every day? Chapstick and Lotion (I'm addicted)
6. F – Favorite color? Probably gray, but I love black and white (are those colors?)
7. G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Gummy Bear
8. H – Hometown? Elyria, Ohio
9. I – Indulgence? Chocolate, Pasta and various bath and body products
10. J – January or February? February - I love Valentine's Day
11. K – Kids & their names? Olivia Faith and Jackson Anthony
12. L – Life is incomplete without? Family and Friends and Food!!
13. M – Marriage date? April 19th - Las Vegas
14. N – Number of siblings? I have no siblings, however my 3 childhood friends are much like sisters to me.
15. O – Oranges or Apples? Apples
16. P – Phobias/Fears? being without my chapstick
17. Q – Quote for today? Butter is better!! (hey, I did cook a Paula recipe)
18. R – Reason to smile? My 2 year old telling me that I'm his favorite person
19. S – Season? Fall/Autumn
20. T – Tag 3 People? Joanne of Eats Well With Others, Libby of Cooking with Libby, CaSaundraLeigh over at A Pinch of This, and a Dash of That
21. U – Unknown fact about me? I can't fix anything that is broken. I give it to hubby.
22. V – Vegetable you don't like? Okra
23. W – Worst habit? Playing with my hair
24. X – X-rays you've had? Lower back x-rays
25. Y – Your favorite food? Pasta, chocolate, bread, peanut butter, biscuits.... I heart Carbs!!
26. Z – Zodiac sign? Virgo - yesterday was my birthday


  1. I love that you made cupcakes out of the recipe - they're adorable! I think I'm going to make this cake over the weekend, it sounds really great!

  2. What a great looking cupcake! We love Paula, especially my husband. He is crazy about her recipes. I will have to try this....

  3. Guilty of eating 2?? I'd pat myself on the back if I could stop at 4! They look divine :)

  4. are so brave to try the Milky Way recipe :) Maybe I should start making Paula's cakes in cupcake form and then have hubby bring them to work so we won't eat them all? Yours came out great! They look so good! Thanks for tagging me :) I will get right on my ABC's in my next post ;) Just by reading your ABC's I can see you and I have so much in common!

  5. Yummy, leave it to paula to stick two deserts together :D, she is a clever girl.

  6. I think I gained 10 lbs from reading your post but boy do these look good! ;-) BTW--Happy belated B-day too!

  7. Only Paula would do something as ridiculous as include multiple sticks of butter in one cake recipe. And that is why we love her. And also why we make cupcakes so that we can actually pretend to have some modicum of self-control over how many we eat. They look delicious!

  8. Hi Kim!
    Those cupcakes sound beyond yummy....Thank you for sharing!

  9. My dad would love these! He is a die-hard fan of milky ways--I may have to make some for him to take on the road!(he's an over the road semi-truck driver)

  10. I am glad you made this. I did not have the nerve. In my house, there is no one else to eat it besides me and there was no way, I was baking something this dangerous to tempt me, day and night. I wish my husband liked chocolate. It would make life easier. Of course, then, I would have to make it gluten free.

  11. WOW. Those look so delicious! Wish I could have tried this recipe. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

  12. this was so fun to read, i love getting to know my food friends better.

    the cupcakes look TO DIE for!

  13. Happy Birthday!!! These cupcakes sound awesome!!! Yummy :D

  14. THIS. LOOKS. AMAZING. I almost licked my screen!

  15. Yeah, these cupcakes look absolutely sinfully delicious. I really liked the dark, fudgy Milky Way cake I made, but I'm going to have to just try this just to say I tried something with a whole pound of butter! :)

  16. Dense and delicious. That frosting sounds pretty incredible too :).

  17. Happy belated birthday! Lots of Virgos here in food-blogging land.
    The cupcakes look simply decadent. Delish!

  18. I would eat waaaaay more than two of these if they were sitting on my kitchen counter. Boy do they look inhalable!!

  19. Oh my goodness - pure indulgence!! And I can't tell you how bad I've been craving a Milky Way lately!

  20. OMG, these look delicious! I always look forward to Halloween, and Milky Way bars. lol. My mom always used to steal them from my stash when I was at school. Now I'm doing the same!

  21. Hooray for Virgos! And happy belated birthday to you! What a terrific treat for your special day - those cupcakes look positively evil-delicious!

  22. 4 sticks of butter and 8 milky way bars. I might as well keel over now! But it looks "out of this world" as Paula says :-)

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