My 3 1/2 year old grandson, JP, sent me this adorable flower cupcake for my birthday today ❤
We went to dinner last night for his daddy’s (oldest son’s) birthday and then back to our house for Milky Way cake, a recipe passed down from my mother-in-law that my boys always request for their birthdays or holidays. It’s so good and birthday calories don’t count, right?
Here’s the recipe:
Milky Way Cake (makes 2 three layer cakes!)
8 regular size Milky Way bars
2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup pecans (optional)
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 cake
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 4 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.
After I was married and had my boys, I didn’t have my own birthday cake for a long time. I mean, we had our three birthdays in four days. There’s only so much cake you can eat. And when they were little, of course the boys wanted their own cakes on their own days.
Since my birthday is in the middle, I very graciously agreed to give up my day so we could celebrate on April 26th and April 29th with first Mickey Mouse and truck cakes, then He-Man and Ninja Turtle cakes, and later baseball, hockey, basketball, football, soccer, even bowling-themed cakes. (We live near Chicago, so the pictured dream cake includes Bulls basketball, Bears football, Cubs baseball and Blackhawks hockey. But we still would have needed two separate cakes 🙂 )
Then one year my dear neighbor, Evelyn, took pity on me and got me my very own little chocolate cake with flowers on it. Pure bliss…
(My theme for the AtoZChallenge is birthdays)
I’m feeling nostalgic today. Yesterday my baby’s baby turned three, and as he likes to point out, he’s not a baby anymore, he’s a big boy! I’m not sure where all the time has gone. I remember the day my first son arrived nearly as clearly as the day it happened. Now I’m Nana D to his son and I get to have all the fun and only some of the work! Sunday was exciting, as a three-year-old’s birthday will be, starting with his choice for breakfast, a doughnut and “a little bit of root beer.” Gross, I know, and his daddy said okay, but it really only was a little bit 😉
Then, since they are living with us while building a house, the other nana and papa were nice enough to host the Lion King party. Nana L and I share babysitting duties as we live only five minutes apart.
Occasionally when it’s not my day to keep him but Mommy and Daddy leave for work really early, Nana L, Justin and I will meet at a restaurant before I hand him off for the day. He’s always delighted and calls it “two nanas eating breakfast.” I’m not sure, but I think I see some books in our future — Two Nanas Always Shopping, Two Nanas Needing Naps, Two Nanas Drinking Martinis…