Before posting this recipe I feel the need for a disclaimer. I usually cook healthy. I usually shop healthy. In fact I feel a strange pride in having only healthy stuff in my grocery cart. Complete strangers have complemented me on my healthy eating habits as I load the contents of my cart onto the belt. So when I was shopping for the ingredients for this cake I felt like I should be in disguise. Anyone looking at my cart would be horrified. I could feel my waistline expanding while shopping.

This recipe is from the book Rococo by Andriana Trigiani. This is a fiction book but has this recipe in it. The only justifications I can make for it is that although the character makes this cake to eat because he is depressed, the book takes place in 1970 when people didn’t list fattening food and emotional eating as major sins.

I’m thinking of calling this cake “Once a Week Cake” because once you have a slice of this you won’t have to eat for the rest of the week. You’ll have gotten all your calories, carbs, and fat in one fell swoop. That being said the cake is in the oven right now and my whole house smells great! It is even overpowering the smell of the deadbeat contractor staining downstairs.


Yield: Enough for an army

3 Milky Way bars
3 Three Musketeers bars
3 Snickers bars
1/2 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 325. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan. Melt the candy bars and butter in a saucepan. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients. Then mix in the shortening and eggs. Beat well. Slowly add the buttermilk, beating until fluffy. Then add the vanilla and the candy bar mixture. Beat well. Pour into pan and bake 1 hour until done. While cake is still hot, ice with Heavenly Frosting.


1 bag marshmallows, cut in half
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups shredded coconut
1 box (1lb) confectioner’s sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
8 tablespoons heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter, softened

Place the marshmallow halves, sticky side down, on top of the hot cake. Scatter the nuts over the marshmallows, then a layer of coconut. In a bowl, whip the confectioner’s sugar, cocoa, cream, and butter. Pour over the hot cake. Serve when cool.

Now maybe you all will be able to resist a dessert with those ingredients. If so you are much stronger than I. I just had to try it.

Edit – It was hard to spread the frosting over the marshmallows so maybe frost it first and then add the marshmallows.