This is from my friend Renee at "BirchBerry Farms"
She made these and sold them at a local shop...I think you could pick up some old picture frames at garage sales/thrift shops and use to make smaller items...Just let your creative juices run wild....Also check the garage sales for the Christmas items you will need to make these!!
Baking a cake using Milky Way candy bars will please the palate of any chocolate candy lover. When melted and added to the cake mix, it will enhance the taste of any flavored cake and when served, will have others asking for seconds. Use the same cake recipe and add other chocolate bars for a different taste and flavor. No matter what type of candy you add to this freshly baked cake, or what shape or form the cake looks like, the taste will be outstanding!
1. Gather some really cool white and off white painted pane windows
2. Clean WELL
3. Used clear contact paper and cut the letters after tracing them onto the contact paper from a stencil---if you do not have a stencil-----worry not---here's a famous trick---use your computer and print the letters out Large and then trace them through the contact paper with a sharp pen---then cut them out and place them onto your window----whatever words you like---JOY---Let it SNOW--blah blah blah the possibilities are endless---You can also use some cheap snowflake stickers to place here and there on the window as well---that large snowflake is actually a rhinestone studded metal one that came from Target in the ornaments dept. and then glued it on there with 'Fusion' a clear polyurethane non foaming glue---it's a miracle glue---like magic it is so STRONG----also put a masking tape line to keep from going astray in your letter placement when you stick them on there---it takes a long time to get them all on there very straight and beaut-eeee-ful---so patience is totally a virtue!
4. Go to a well ventalated area to spray this really cool spray on there that FROSTS the glass---you can get it at most craft stores and it is a spray--the particular one that is used is from Valspar and it is called Frosting for Glass and was by the stained glass painting supplies----spray nice and evenly taking great caution in overspraying your amount so it does not drip onto your glass----Give that window 3 SEPERATE coats letting it dry 1 hour between coats-----then let it dry WELL and CAREFULLY peel your stickers off and then you can glue your other embellishments on there and VIOLAAAA---BEAUTIOUS WINDOW CREATION---by you!!!
PS. You can also do the reverse of that option and have your letters be frosted and I also think it would be WAY cool to add some white lights on the backside of it---to hang on the wall---or mantle---OMGosh--the picture doesn't really do it justice--they are really very pretty---have fun with this!
How to Make a Homemade Candy Bar Cake
8 Milky Way bars (or other candy bar)
1 3/8 cups butter or margarine
2 cups granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Jar of Milky Way Topping (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Make a Milky Way Bundt Cake
Use a microwave-safe bowl and add half a cup of butter to 8 Milky Way candy bars. Place in the microwave to melt to a smooth consistency. Check on it every 15 seconds to make sure it is not overly melted. Remove from the microwave and place on the stove top to cool.
Soften the butter in the microwave or in a small pot on top of the stove. In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar with the softened butter using a fork. Continue until the mixture becomes smooth and fluffy. Break the eggs (one at a time) into the mixture. Using a wooden spoon, blend each egg separately, until they all are completely blended with the mixture.
Using another bowl, blend the flour and baking soda. When blended, add it to the creamed mixture (above) by adding first some of the mixture, then some of the buttermilk, ending with the flour mix. Fold in the melted mixture of the candy and vanilla extract. Stir until completely blended.
Grease your Bundt pan only to about an inch or so from the top. Sprinkle flour lightly over the grease to keep the mixture from sticking to the pan. It is very important not to grease and flour clear to the top; it will run over, make an awful mess in your oven, and the cake will fall. Place into an oven that you have preheated to 325 degrees F. Bake for about one hour or until the toothpick test shows that the cake is dry inside. Remove and allow to cool before you add the topping.
Make the glaze for the cake by heating up the Milky Way topping to a thin consistency, then pouring it slowly over the top of the cake, allowing it to melt down the sides. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.