Every single year on March 12 it is National Milky Way Day! Did you know that the Milky Way candy bar is completely different outside of the US? It's true! It resembles a Three Musketeers bar. Did you also know that this delicious bar that is full of fluffy nougat, gooey caramel, and covered in chocolate was created in 1923 by a man named Frank Mars?
Why is there a Milky Way bar and a Mars bar that are very similar in looks and taste, but have different names? Maybe there was a fight that went down between Frank Mars and a guy named George Milky Way. I imagine they were fighting over what to call the delicious candy bar. My speculation is that Mr. Mars won the fight for all of the world EXCEPT the US and Mr. Milky Way came off conqueror for the United States. This is why we have a Milky Way candy bar in the United States and a Mars bar in the rest of the world. Okay, this is all made up and pure speculation. Let's just get onto the tutorial for this mirror galaxy cake because it is totally AWESOME!
ITEMS YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS CAKE
- Yellow Layer Cake Recipe
- Italian Meringue Buttercream Recipe
- Mirror Glaze Recipe
- 6" cake board
- 8" cake board
- Milky Way candy bars
- White food coloring
- Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, Turquoise
- Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, Royal blue
- Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, Black
- Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color, Pink
I started off by making the yellow layer cake and the frosting. These can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen. I chopped the Milky Way candy bars into smaller pieces. I then placed a dollop of frosting on the 6" cake board and placed my first layer on the top of the cake board. The dollop of frosting helps the cake to not slip around. I then filled the cake with frosting and the chopped Milky Way candy bars. I placed the second layer on top of the Milky Way candy bars and then crumb coated the cake with the frosting and then put it in the refrigerator to set. I then frosted the cake and placed it back in the refrigerator to set completely (about 2 hours). Right before I took out the cakes I made the glaze recipe. It's at this point that you need to work quickly because the gelatin in the glaze will set up very quick (If it does set up to quickly, then warm up the glaze again until it reaches a pour-able consistency). I split up the glaze into 4 different bowls (2 smaller ones and 2 larger ones). In the 2 larger bowls I made the one bowl of glaze royal blue and the other one black. In the smaller bowls I colored the glaze turquoise and a pinky color. I poured the black glaze into the blue glaze and swirled it around ever so slightly. I didn't want to mix it together, but wanted the swirled effect. I placed a baking sheet that was lined with parchment paper on the table and then the cake on top of a cup that was smaller than the cake size so the glaze could run off of the cake and into the baking sheet. I poured the blue/black glaze over the cake and let it drip off the sides so that it was completely covered. I then drizzled the other two colors on top of the cake. I then took my offset spatula and gently smoothed out the top which made the colors on the top blend better. Once this was done, I took some white food coloring and a paint brush and flicked the cake with the white coloring to get the look of starts. Once the cake had set somewhat, I took my offset spatula and cleaned up the edges by scraping the excess drips off the board. I then placed the cake onto the 8" cake board and piped a boarder of frosting around the cake using a #21 shell tip. I cut the Milky Way candy bars into triangles and then placed them around the bottom of the cake. Viola! the Milky Way Galaxy Cake is ready to impress and be eaten by your friends and family---or scrap the whole sharing and eat it all for yourself!
As always, keep it creative and I'll see you in my next video!