Being a food blogger keeps me on my toes with all the latest and greatest food trends. I’m always looking for something new to make and new ingredients to play with. These Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes are born from my new love affair with Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites. Well, that and the fact that my teenage daughter and I were craving chocolate badly that day.
Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites are delicious all on their own, but melted into the center of these little chocolate gems, puts them up there in the top of my favorite candy. And this recipe is super easy, which makes the whole thing a win-win.
The day we planned to make these little morsels, my daughter and I headed to Walmart to buy some ingredients. We took a little walk down the candy aisle and spotted the Milky Way Simply Caramel bites almost immediately. We knew they must go in the centers!
As a teenager, my mini-me has a love affair with all things chocolate and she was super excited to get her hands on these yummy little treats. And as you can see she had no problem posing with them, in all her teenage glory. You know, the hat was a must, I tried to get her to take it off, but she insisted. We couldn’t stop laughing and this was one of the few shots I got where she looks almost serious but then as soon as the camera went off, she burst into fits of giggles again. People must’ve thought we were crazy, but we didn’t care, we were having fun and that’s what mattered. And we got chocolate, and that actually matters darn close to as much.
So, we continued shopping looking for a cute way to turn these into an Easter treat, when we stumbled upon yet another display of these unwrapped bites in the store, and these were right in the main center aisle. Even better! Not that we needed more. We may or may not have grabbed one or two other bags of other flavors. Okay, Okay, we did.
When we finally headed home with our candy, cake ingredients and decorations we were both pretty certain that we were going to be enjoying and devouring these Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes within the hour.
And we did!
But first we had to make them.
Brie mixed up the cake batter so we could get this party started. We used this Basic Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe, because it’s our favorite and is often the base of many of our chocolate cake recipes. However, you don’t have to use it, you can instead use another cake recipe, or a regular cake mix from the store and do it that way instead. It’s all up to you.
You just need to prepare the batter as directed on the box or in the recipe you are using.
After that, spray your pans with cooking spray. Fill each well with your prepared cake batter about 3/4 full.
You may not need to go as crazy as the teen did with the cooking spray but we were determined that they came out easily. haha
Next is the fun part. Gently push one Milky Way Simply Caramel Unwrapped Bite into the center of each well filled with batter. It really doesn’t matter which way you stick them in there, right side up, upside down… it’s all the same.
Pop them in the oven and bake as directed in the recipe you are using, or as the box of cake mix suggests.
For these, we baked them at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes. If you choose to use the toothpick method to test for doneness, try to keep the toothpick away from the caramel center and do an outer edge instead.
Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan after removing from oven and then turn them out on a cooling rack.
You can see the melted caramel right in the center. This excited us to no end. Our mouths were watering immediately.
Now it’s up to you what you choose to do with them. We drizzled the tops of these little bundts with this Chocolate Ganache Recipe.
With Easter right around the corner, we decided to top them with these adorable chicks in eggs and then sprinkle a little coconut on each one for a little additional color. Didn’t they turn out SO cute? You could totally top these with jelly beans, mini chocolate bunnies or even little marshmallow chicks.
These will definitely be on our table this Easter. Well, not this batch since they won’t last that long as everyone is gobbling them up, which brings me to some advice. These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. They are best warm, so remove one, place on a microwave safe plate, cover with a paper towel, and heat for 20-25 seconds. If you need more time, do it in increments of 10 seconds until desired temperature.
Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes
Are you dying to try these delicious little cakes or even trying one of the other recipes shared today by one of my #CollectiveBias friends?
Maybe you just want to grab your own bag and devour the chocolaty caramel goodness while watching your favorite TV show or running errands.
You can get a $0.75 off coupon when you buy (2) 2.83 oz. bags or receive a $3.00 off coupon to use when you buy (2) 6 oz. bags or larger. This makes trying them or popping them into your own recipe totally worth it. Who doesn’t love to save money?
Let’s make some Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes
Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes
For the Cake Batter:
- 2 c. sugar
- 1 3/4 c. cake flour
- 3/4 c. dark cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. milk
- 1/2 c. applesauce
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c. boiling water
For the Chocolate Ganache:
- 6 oz. semisweet chocolate finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- shredded coconut easter decorations or mini cake toppers
For the Cake Batter:In a large bowl, mix the sugar, cake flour, dark cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the eggs, milk, applesauce and almond extract; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
Next, stir in the boiling water and mix well.
Fill the mini bundt cake pan with chocolate cake batter in each well about ¾ full.
Add a Milk Way Simply Caramel Unwrapped Bite into the center of each filled well.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the side of the cake (avoid the caramel center, because that should be liquidy)
Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan after being removed from oven.
While they are cooling, prepare the Chocolate Ganache. (directions below)
Turn out the mini bundt cakes onto a cooling rack after 5 minutes.
For the Chocolate Ganache:In a heatproof bowl, combine the chocolate and butter.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream just to a boil.
Immediately pour the cream over the chocolate and butter. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
Drizzle the Chocolate Ganache over the chocolate bundt cakes.
Top with some shredded coconut and Easter decorations for a cute, Easter themed mini bundt cake.