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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)

Frosting

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.