Kate has long roots in the deep south, where women are serious about dessert.  This
one gets rave reviews whenever she serves it (it is especially popular at her all day
mystery classes - one must keep up her strength!).  As Kate says, 'you have to love
any dessert that calls for a bag of Milky Way bars and a stick and a half of butter!'.

This recipe requires a bag of Milky Way fun size bars - 10 for the cake, and 7-8 for
the frosting.  This is the hard part - that's the whole bag.  No snitching allowed!

Milky Way Cake
10 fun size Milky Way bars
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt butter and candy bars in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.  
When melted, the mixture should come together in a smooth mass.

Beat sugar and shortening in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a
time, mixing well after each.

Add vanilla and candy mixture, mixing well.

Sift dry ingredients together.  Add to the candy mixture alternately with the buttermilk,
beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

Pour into a buttered, floured pan (bundt, tube, or two 9" pans all work well).  Bake
until toothpick comes out clean (about 55 minutes for the bundt or tube pan).

Let cool completely.  Frost with MIlky Way frosting.

Milky Way Frosting

7 - 8 fun size Milky Way bars
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. milk (not buttermilk)

Melt candy and butter in saucepan until melted and smooth.  Add remaining
ingredients, and mix until smooth (a whisk works just fine).  Pour over cake.
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