Family Reunion, 2017…

We have my husband’s family reunion coming up over Memorial Day weekend and we struggle each year to get everyone to participate and even how to go about arranging it.  Like a lot of families, we have people living in many different states but we always travel to Tennessee, which is where the family began.

This year one of the things I’m bringing is Milky Way cake, from a recipe passed down from my mother-in-law that my boys always request for their birthdays or holidays. It’s so good and holiday calories don’t count, right? 🙂

Does anyone else do a family reunion and have any ideas to pass along?  How do you handle the food?

Here’s the cake recipe:

Milky Way Cake (makes one three layer cake)

8 regular size Milky Way bars

2 sticks butter

2 cups sugar

1 cup pecans (optional)

4 eggs

1/2 t. baking soda

1 ¼ cup buttermilk

2 cups all-purpose flour

Cream one stick butter and sugar and set aside. Melt one stick butter and candy bars in double boiler until candy is melted. Beat eggs into sugar and butter one at a time. Put baking soda in buttermilk, then add to melted candy bar mixture (take off of heat). Add chocolate mixture to butter and sugar and beat, then add flour a little at a time and beat to combine. Add nuts, chopped, if using.

Put into three round 8 inch pans, greased and floured, and bake at 325 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.

(You will need to make this recipe twice for each recipe of frosting and to make two three-layer cakes)


2 ½ cups sugar

1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk

1 stick butter

6 oz. chocolate chips

1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow fluff

Cook sugar and milk over medium heat (until soft ball stage) about 3 minutes after it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Add 1 stick butter, chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, beat until smooth. Cool until almost cold before frosting cakes.

The cakes freeze well, frosted or unfrosted, wrapped well in plastic wrap and then foil.

28 responses

  1. House of Heart | Reply

    Such a scrumptious. Cake! I must make this. Happy reunion

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    1. Thanks. My kids adore this cake!


  2. We don’t do family reunions every year, but every four or five years. Seems like it’s just pot luck kinda thing. For the past few, one person has updated the list of food being brought by whom. People can get on a Facebook page and see what’s being brought, then can add what they’ll be bringing. It was updated every couple of days as new people signed on. Gotta find someone willing to be that contact person though. 😃

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    1. Most everyone is on Facebook now, not all the older ones, but we can try. I have tried in the past and wasn’t going to do it this time cause I had a lot going on last year, but I will probably be the contact person for next year! I’m an in law, zoo I try not to overstep, but someone has to handle it!

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      1. Rachel McAlpine

        Yes, Facebook is our friend now, but emails are needed too.


    2. Rachel McAlpine | Reply

      Sounds a bit like ours. But we have graduated from self catering and it’s still a very cheap holiday. We use an adventure place primarily designed for schools.

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      1. That sounds like a great idea! 😃

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      2. Ahh, that sounds like a fun idea 🙂


  3. Wow. I’ve never seen this cake. Where has it been all my life?
    Have fun at the reunion. Way to go

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    1. I think that cake must have been one of those recipes started by the candy company years ago. I had no idea till I had much mother in laws, but I see lots of variations online now!

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  4. Wow! That cake sounds amazing! Have a great time at the reunion. I’ve never been involved in one… there’s hardly anyone left to get together!

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    1. I will be happy to loan you some! Lots of family on both sides 🙂

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      1. Ha! Yay, I’m an honorary sister!

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  5. I used to make potato salad and fried rice for family reunions, but we have fewer of them now. That Milky Way Cake looks tasty.

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    1. Thanks, the cake is very good!

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  6. My dad’s family has a reunion every few years. Hard to make it from Australia to North Carolina.

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    1. Haha, makes my trip from Chicago to Tennessee seem like a piece of cake! 😉


  7. I would love to eat that cake right now. I have a recipe for Milky Way Cake, too. It’s not the same as this one but I’m sure this one is delicious, too.

    I’ve never had or been to a family reunion. I’m first generation American, so… it would be complicated. Not that I would mind going to Italy… (less keen on going to Ukraine, though)…

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    1. We’ve had several since hubbys parents passed away. It’s complicated, with lots of different income levels and our kids mostly out of state. Yes, Italy sounds way more exciting than TN!

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  8. Rachel McAlpine | Reply

    The cake looks very special and family-ish: never change it. Our 5-yearly family reunions involve about 60 or 70 people and we now outsource the cooking. Having found a fabulous place with great staff we will never change. Until they do!

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    1. I don’t know how that would go over. Do you just ask for people to contribute a certain amount each time? And do you do other things besides have a dinner? We are doing games and prizes for the little ones and grown ups.

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      1. Rachel McAlpine

        Yes, we share the costs for a three day residential stay. Heaps going on: a concert, pecha kucha, bikes, volleyball, waterslide, picnic, bridge, conversation, slopping around — and very little needs organising in advance. It just happens.

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      2. Oh, that sounds like great fun!

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      3. Rachel McAlpine

        It is! And with tge right place and staff (and family😊) soooo easy.


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