Milky Way Cake: It’s Not Pretty, But It’s Good!

milk way cake

Milky Way Cake

My granddaughter, Maggie, asked for a Milky Way cake for her birthday. I had eaten one in the past but had never made one so I had to search for a recipe.

I chose a recipe from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. Ree posted this recipe to back in 2011. I’m sharing that link rather than The Pioneer Woman page since it’s easier to read. I’ll list the ingredients for this cake, but please refer to the link above for directions.

Ingredients you’ll need for the Milky Way Cake

  • 11 Milky Way Bars, regular size, divided
  • 3 sticks of margarine, divided
  • 2.5 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (may need more)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Milky Way Candy Bars

Once upon a time, we only had one size of a Milky Way Candy bar that cost around a nickel or a dime. Nowadays you have regular, share size, fun size, and mini. FYI a “regular” size bar is 1.84 oz.

Just a heads up! The Milky Way bars for this cake cost $12! Plus, you might want to eat something filling before starting this cake, otherwise, it’s going to be hard to resist)))

I bought the six-pack of candy bars at Walmart and had one left over since it called for 11. You can’t imagine how tempting that 12th candy bar was! I was relieved when one of my grandsons came in and ate it……that put me out of my misery.

milky way candy bars for a cake

What I Did Differently

The recipe called for plain flour with salt and baking soda. I used self-rising four. Also, it called for pecans, but Maggie has a nut allergy so I left those out.

Other than that, I followed the recipe. The only other thing I did was punch holes in the top of the cake after it was baked so the icing could seep down into the cake, which it did.

It’s Not Pretty

The Milky Way cake reminded me of the chocolate cakes my grandmother used to bake. She baked her cakes in a cast iron skillet and poured a thin chocolate icing on top while the cake was still warm. It wasn’t a pretty cake either, but we didn’t have any trouble eating every bite of it))) This cake is sort of like that. Not pretty, but mighty tasty))

Honest Opinion

Considering the cost and time involved in making this cake, I wouldn’t do it again—unless, of course, my granddaughter asks for it)))

It has pretty simple ingredients, but you have to melt the candy bars for the batter…..then melt them for the icing. It was a lot of work! If I spend a good bit of time making something special…..I want it to look special too)))

Next Time

If I had to do it over again, I would do it differently next time. I would bake a simple batch of brownies, top them with a couple of chopped-up Milky Way bars, and pop them in the microwave just long enough to melt the candy a bit. Vanilla ice cream would be the “icing on the cake.”

If you decide to make the Milky Way cake, yours could turn out prettier than mine! But don’t even bother to count the calories)) Enjoy the deliciousness without worrying about the numbers.


  1. I first made this cake for co-workers and was it ever the Biggest hit!! I remember this one Research Lawyer came out of his backroom and actually asked for the recipe. I don’t believe he had ever spoken much to anyone about anything, but this cake was a Winner for sure!!
    Melting the Milky Ways wasn’t called for in the recipe I used, just chopping them into bits and the cake baked up very impressive. I wonder if that recipe is still to be found somewhere?

    1. I like the idea of chopping them up instead of melting! Even in the icing….I bet it would be more appetizing))) Not that it tasted bad….but for so much work, I had hope it would look better…lol

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