Heavenly Candy Bar Cake

Heavenly Candy Bar Cake

9 fun-size or 21 miniature chocolate-coated caramel and creamy nougat bars
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
3 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting*
Garnishes: chopped frozen fun-size chocolate-coated caramel and creamy nougat bars, candy corn

Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting*
3 cups miniature marshmallows
3/4 cup butter or margarine, cut up
3/4 cup evaporated milk
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Melt first 4 ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat,
stirring 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth. Transfer chocolate mixture to
a large bowl. Place the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice and water.
Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed with an electric mixer.
Increase speed to medium-high, and beat 5 minutes or until frosting is cool,
thick, and spreadable. Stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla.

Yield Makes 4 1/2 cups

Cake: Melt candy bars and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat about 5
minutes, stirring until smooth. Set aside. Beat sugar and shortening at
medium speed with an electric mixer about 3 minutes or until well blended.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Combine flour and salt. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda. Gradually
add flour mixture to sugar mixture, alternately with buttermilk mixture,
beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until
blended after each addition. Stir in melted candy bar mixture and vanilla.

Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cakepans.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Cool in
pans on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans, and let cool
completely on wire rack. Spread half of Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting
evenly between cake layers. Spread remaining frosting evenly over top and
sides of cake. Garnish, if desired.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Milky Way Bars.

Yield Makes 12 servings

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