Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kit Kat Cake

Well, I did it!  I made the Kit Kat Cake I've been seeing all over Pinterest and some blogs lately last weekend for Justin's 16th Birthday.  It was super easy to make and the end result was Amazing.  If you would like a great variation go check out Jennifer Cooks for her Ice Cream Kit Kat Cake.

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Here's what you need:

1 box Devil's Food cake mix, I use Betty Crocker
1 (3.9 oz) box instant chocolate pudding
3 eggs
1-1/4 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup shortening, Crisco
3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 - 8 Tbs. heavy whipping cream

Toppings and sides of cake
11 regular size (4 sticks) Kit Kat Bars, (10 if using a 8" cake)
1 (12 oz) bag plain M&M's, plus more if needed
1 20" piece of ribbon of your choice

Spray two 8" or 9" (whichever you are using, both work well) cake pans with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl mix cake mix, pudding, eggs, water and oil until smooth.  Pour into two prepared 8" or 9" cake pans and bake cake according to the directions.  Let cool 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.  I used a 9" cake pan set but an 8" would work fine too.
Once the cake is cooled, make the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting or use your favorite canned frosting.

Place powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix with a wire whisk to incorporate, or sift if you have more time then me.
In a stand mixer cream the butter and shortening for a few minutes until light and fluffy. 
Add the powder sugar/cocoa mixture and beat on low until incorporated then add the vanilla and cream until it is the right consistency.  Turn to medium high and beat for 3 minutes.

To assemble:

Start by CAREFULLY opening all the Kit Kat bars and breaking them into sections of two bars each (or single bars if you want to).

I bought a 13" cake board from the party store but a cake plate or regular plate with enough room around the edge will be just fine.

Place about 1 Tbs. of frosting in the center and set the first cake round on top of it.
Place 1/3 of the frosting in the center and spread evenly out to the edges.
Place second cake on top and place another 1/3 of frosting on top and spread evenly out to the edges. I didn't trim the cake flat but you can if you wish to (worked just fine with a slight rise in the center). Next use the remaining frosting to frost the sides evenly.
Line the Kit Kat bars up around the cake by pressing lightly into the frosting and touching together.
Next, tie the ribbon around the cake and trim the edges. Pull slightly tight to keep the Kit Kat's in place.
Fill the middle with most of the M&M's reserving some to go around the bottom of the cake on the plate.  You can always use 1/2 a second bag like I did.
Happy 16th Birthday Justin!!!!!!!
I even found candles to match!    This is the inside of the Yumminess!

Serves - 16 - 20  I cut the pieces at every two Kit Kat bars (1 section) because it was super chocolaty but if you break the Kit Kat's into single bars you could cut the pieces 3 bars wide.  I served 20 people with one 9" cake and had large piece left over.



Here's the handy printable - Kit Kat Cake

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  1. Oh my goodness is this cute! You did an excellent job. Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  2. Super cute cake! I love all the colors and Kit Kats are one of my youngest son's favorite candy bar. I may just have to make this for him on his next birthday.

  3. This looks amazing!! I have got to try this.

  4. Wow, this looks awesome, great for a birthday cake!! I'd love to have you stop by and share this at my link party running now through Saturday night :)


  5. This cake looks awesome and professionally done. What a great job you've done here :)

  6. Wow, that looks gorgeous and delicious!! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at my new linky party "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  7. Great job! You nailed it!! What a fun cake.

  8. Um, I could easily reach through my screen and eat that entire thing. It looks so incredibly good. This is such a fun and original cake.

  9. I have so been wanting to make this, it looks so good.

  10. Shut the front door! This is to DIE for! I found you via Our Delightful Home... great site you have here - I'm now following! Would love for you to stop by The Vintage Milk House! :) - Kali

  11. What a great idea, it is such a cute cake!


  12. You do your own cakes just fine. I opened your blog and drooled over the photo in the header...looks like a good breakfast to me!

  13. This is soooo cute! We really are loving this cute cake! We will be making this for sure!! Thanks for sharing it with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." It is absolutely darling! Hope to have you back to share more delicious recipes! -The Sisters

  14. These look fantastic!! I have featured you on this week's edition of Makin You Crave Monday! Come by, take a look - and I'd love to have you share another recipe this week! ~Crystal, MrsHappyHomemaker.com

  15. This cake is absolutely beautiful!!! So colorful and fun....and super chocolatey is always a good problem to have!!!

  16. LOVE THIS!
    My Husbands birthday is coming up and these are his favorite candies....Definately making this for him!

  17. Love this cake. I have pined it. I have enjoyed my time looking around your blog, it's so full of cool ideas. I'm also your newest follower on GFC and Linky. I would like to invite you to come and share this at my Link Party The Sunday Round Up. It opens every Saturday night. @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
    hope you come

  18. This looks heavenly! I've featured you at Sunday Round Up come on over and grab a button :) http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/2012/04/sunday-round-up-7.html
    -Kayla :)

  19. I used this idea for my sister's birthday cake back in August. I did end up making a white chocolate cake with mini milk chocolate chips in it. Other than that, I pretty much followed this exactly.
    Oh! I did add about 3/4 of a cup of nutella to the frosting. I can't remember why I did it, but I never have had chocolate buttercream frosting that tasted that good before. I used dark chocolate m&ms and used a bright, starry ribbon to wrap around the cake.
    This was absolutely delicious! I couldn't have asked for a better cake for my kit-kat-loving sister.
    Once I finally get around to unloading my camera, I will have to link the pictures to you.

    1. Here's the 2 pictures I took of it.
      I forgot that I put food coloring in the cake to brighten it up.


      Shortened to make it easier, but they're on my facebook page.
      I just set the album to public, so everyone should be able to see these.

    2. Deanna, Thanks so much for sharing the pictures! Your cake turned out great! I love the colorful center of the cake too. I'll have to try to make the M&M like that next time :) Thanks again for taking the time to comment and coming back to share your pictures.

  20. Does anybody know if it would be ok to assembe this kitkat cake the night before?

    1. I don't see why not. I make cakes the night before plenty of times and they are still fresh. Thanks for stopping by :)

  21. I think I'm gaining weight just by looking at it, it's so decadent.

  22. It looks very sweet and tasty..Great recipe shared..
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