...as in, this has been driving me crazy for years! No one can make the cake like Mama did, and she can no longer offer instructions.
Once again, Nephew only asked for one thing - a Milky Way cake like "Granny's." (I can't make it like Granny did!!! Aunt Gale replies)
This year was about the 4th year to try this beast of a cake. Monday night, I baked the cake in a bundt pan, I think to exert my power. (I'll show you, you thin, moist cake layers of Granny's past.) The cake was very firm, actually hard, on the outside. I tasted a pinch of the cake; it tasted like cardboard. It contains a cup of crisco; what can taste good with that much crisco?
I deviated from Mom's icing recipe slightly, and was pleased with the result. I had great icing on a bundt that I had sliced into three very uneven layers. As an aside, carefully mark the layers if you slice a bundt. Otherwise, the wheel of a bundt becomes a puzzle; needless to say, I didn't put the puzzle back together correctly.
It's now Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. Nephew is expecting Milky Way cake (like Granny's %*$&%#). I have an uneven mound of dark chocolate mass that looks like it has a cyst on the top (thank you, Brother, for pointing that out). Cardboard with good icing in an ugly shape...headed home for Thanksgiving.
Nephew looks at the cake and asks, "What is that?"
By some Miracle!, the warm, moist icing soaked into the cardboard cake layers, and resulted in a heavy, dense, moist Milky Way cake with good (soft on the inside, hard on the outside) icing.
A (freeking) Mazing!!!!
Niece and Nephew think "This is it!"
Brother gave me a 96%; would have given 100% he said, had the cake not had a cyst on the top.
So, after years of trying - - success.
Definitely let the cake sit for a couple of days before cutting. The icing moistens the dull cake layers. (The cake was even better on Friday.)
Even though the (my) cake is not very pretty, it is really delicious. A small piece goes a long way, for it is very rich. Chocolate lovers should try this recipe.
Here's Mom's recipe for the cake:
6 Milky Way candy bars
1 stick oleo
Melt and let cool slightly
1 c. Crisco
2 c. sugar
4 whole eggs
2 1/2 c. plain flour
1 1/2 c. buttermilk with 1/2 t. soda added
Beat all; add Milky Way mixture
Bake in layers at 350 degrees
Here's the recipe I used for the icing; it's Mom's recipe, with the addition of extra milk and sugar:
2½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup marshmallow cream6 oz chocolate chips
Combine sugar and evaporated milk; cook to soft ball stage. Remove from heat; add butter, marshmallow cream, and chocolate chips. Frost cake.
Work quickly; this icing sets up very fast.
The result will be a Dense, Moist, Rich, Chocolate cake. ...and a memory.....
Hugs to Mom...