Joan, my dear friend of 40+ years, sent me this recipe. It is one of the easiest (and richest) cakes I've ever tried and it is covered with a delicious cooked fudge frosting. It is a decadent delight!!
4 Milky Way candy bars (see note)1 cup butter
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups sugar
1¼ cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
2½ cups flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Melt the candy bars, butter and nuts over low heat, set aside to cool. Mix sugar, buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, flour and vanilla, beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Fold in candy mixture. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 350 for one hour..FUDGE FROSTING2½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
½ cup butter
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ of a 7 ounce jar marshmallow cream
Cook sugar, milk and butter to soft ball stage. Remove from heat. Beat in chocolate chips and marshmallow cream until smooth. Pour QUICKLY over completely cooled cake because this will start to set up as soon as it begins to cool.
NOTE: The original recipe called for 4 five cent Milky Way candy bars, so you know how old this recipe is. I used four 2.05 ounce bars but they were more like 69 cents, ha!!
NOTE: I baked this in an angel food cake pan and it took exactly an hour.
NOTE: Work quickly when frosting this cake because the fudge frosting hardens fairly quickly. The recipe says to pour over the cake and let it drizzle down the edges, but I had enough time to cover the sides. It makes a LOT of frosting and Joan told me she just uses the excess frosting to fill up the hole in the middle of the cake.