Thursday, February 16, 2012

Kit Kat Cake

For my friend’s birthday (the same friend that made the Polka Dot Cookies with me), I decided to make a cake that my mom has made before on her blog. Since my friend’s favorite candy is Kit Kats, I made a Kit Kat Cake. I supposed that if he liked Kit Kats, he MUST like M&Ms.

Whoa. I would be horrified to know how many calories are in this cake. The M&Ms and Kit Kats alone would be a TON of calories, but with cake and frosting too? Crazy.

The process of decorating the Kit Kat Cake is pretty time consuming. You have to surround the cake with M&Ms at the bottom of the cake. After that last step, you need to gently press the Kit Kats into the cake just above the M&Ms.

The Kit Kats need to be a very small space apart or else the M&Ms on top will slip through the open space.

My famous saying in this photo is: “To dump M&Ms, or not to dump M&Ms.” In this case, dump the M&Ms. But even though you dump the M&Ms on top, you still need to make sure that the M&Ms aren’t all piled up on one side. Try to even it out.

When you’re done with the cake, take two awesome colors of ribbon and wrap it around the Kit Kats. It’s a very clever idea. I only had three colors of ribbon, so I chose red and blue over yellow. Only now do I realize my cake looks like a presidential election cake.

I was proud of my masterpiece and still am. All Kit Kat Cakes look as majestic as mine (but mine is a little grander than most people’s cakes… because I made it!). :)

I might be able to take down the cake in one bite!! I don’t really think so though.

My friend, his family, and I LOVED this cake. I realized a measurement unit for cake slices too! You can use the Kit Kats to measure! For example: A three Kit Kat slice. The piece would be cut so that three Kit Kats are on the end your slice. In my opinion, the cake tasted perfect but chocolate is my life so other people might have different tastes than me (no pun intended). Any chocolate lover like me will want to marry this cake like the man who marries bacon in the Jack in the Box commercial. As the commercial says: “You may now eat the bride.”

And even a kid can create puns without realizing it… Like Me!


Kit Kat Cake 6

Kit Kat Cake

Yield: One 2-layer 9-inch cake

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 35 min

I LOVE this chocolate cake surrounded by a fence made of Kit Kats and topped with a sea of M&M's.


One 18.25-ounce box of chocolate cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
4 large eggs

2 tubs of chocolate frosting (or make your favorite frosting recipe)
Three 4.5-ounce Giant Kit Kat Bars (you'll need 36 Kit Kat sticks total)
One 12.6-ounce bag M&M's


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans and line a cupcake pan with 6 liners (you're going to have 6 cupcakes to munch on along with your cake!)

2. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Add remaining ingredients and beat with hand mixer or a whisk for 2 minutes, or until well blended.

3. Scoop the batter into 6 cupcake liners 3/4-full. Divide the remaining batter into the prepared round pans. Bake the cupcakes for about 25 minutes, and bake the cake rounds about 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then remove the cake layers to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. When the cake is cool, you're ready to assemble. Place one layer on a serving plate, and tuck strips of waxed paper underneath the sides of the cake.

5. Frost the 1st cake layer. Set the 2nd layer on top of the first. Frost the 2nd layer and along the sides of the cake too. Stick Kit Kat's to the sides of the cake, leaving a very small space in between each Kit Kat (1/4-inch). Wrap a bow around the cake, securing the Kit Kat's. Fill the top of the cake with M&M's. Pull out the strips of waxed paper and discard. Use any extra frosting to frost your 6 extra cupcakes.

6. If you refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours or so, it will be much easier to cut and serve. Of course, you'll need to remove the bow just before serving.

*You can certainly use your favorite layer cake recipe for this cake. The doctored-up cake mix recipe that is included here is actually quite good!
*You can also use a yellow cake or your favorite flavor... following the same instructions here for jazzing it up.
*Technically, you can use all of the batter in two 9-inch round pans, but it might make the cake too high to work for this recipe. You don't want the cake to stand higher than the height of the Kit Kat's- or they will not be able to act as a "fence" to hold in the M&M's.

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22 Responses to “Kit Kat Cake”

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    Deborah — February 16, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    Not only are you talented in the kitchen, but you are a funny kid as well! Love it!!

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    Michelle McGuckin — February 16, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    This is so fabulous thanks for sharing. I love all t he fun pics too.

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    Megan — February 16, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    This looks like a candy lover’s dream! Great job! I love that you used dark M&Ms and I love the idea of slicing the cake based on number of Kit Kats. (Could be a Red Sox cake with those blue and red ribbons!)

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    Janelle — February 16, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I love the puns! Keep ‘em coming. And your shirt is pretty awesome, too.

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    Nancy L — February 16, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    This looks so good! I love chocolate too and Kit-Kats and M&M’s!!! I can’t wait to try this cake. I think I know just the person who loves chocolate just as much as I do that would love having this cake for their birthday! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    ducky — February 16, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Heck yeah!! This will definitely be my b-day cake!!

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    ERIKA — February 16, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    Looks so yummy. Yea like one kitkat slice of cake with those calories because you know you have to eat icecream too. :) you did a great job. Yes your great with puns too. :) oh and hate the shirt. GO CARDINALS!!!!

    • recipeboy replied: — February 22nd, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

      Go Red Sox!! Too bad your Cardinals don’t have Albert anymore!!

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    Jacqueline — February 17, 2012 @ 1:25 am

    That is one amazing cake. I bet your friend was thrilled :)

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    Mom — February 18, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    You did such a great job with this cake, and I’m sure Ben was delightfully surpassed! What a nice friend you are!

    Imagine all of the possibilities with this cake… maybe sugar babies or malt balls on top! Themed M&M’s for different holidays! We’ll have to try some variations, I think.

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    Aunt Susie — February 18, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I just made this one for a friend, too! I used the Valentine colored M&M’s. Everyone loved it, just like your friend did!

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    RecipeBoy's Grandma — February 20, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Good job and a nice surprise for Ben. Love all the color! The ribbons made it a perfect cake. What a nice way to show your appreciation to a good friend….another good memory to share.

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    Always Wright — February 21, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    What a wonderful looking cake! I’m sure it tasted yummy. I also love your shirt. We are big Boston Red Sox fans here. My son-in-law is from Connecticut and likes to go to the games up that way and here in Houston. A guy from my hometown in SC played for the Red Sox many years ago. Keep on cooking! You’re doing a great job!

    • recipeboy replied: — February 22nd, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      That’s awesome. Do you by chance know who the Red Sox player from SC is or was? That is VERY interesting information.

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    tweldner — March 4, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    What a fantastic job on this cake! It was a very special birthday treat for Ben! Thank you for making it! You’re a very special friend!

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    Always Wright — March 6, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    The Red Sox player is Tom Brewer or Thomas Austin Brewer. He lives in SC and helped coach a cousin last year with his pitching. My 6 yr. old grandson, Evan, plays t-ball and loves the game. Keep cooking and keep looking for Evan to be a big baseball player!

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    gio — June 25, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    I would like to know why did you add extra ingredients to the cake batter?
    I want to make this cake this week still, but would like to know why they were added if the batter only needs eggs, water and oil usually
    thank you

    • recipeboy replied: — June 27th, 2012 @ 6:10 am

      It’s my mom’s recipe, and the extra ingredients make a boxed cake taste a million times better.

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    gio — June 27, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Thank you for the info! I’m sure I will give it a try!

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    Chiara — July 20, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    I made one of these for my son’s birthday. Delicious beyond all reason, but I decided to sit down and figure out exactly how many calories it contained.

    10,757 for the whole cake using:

    3 cups Bulk Barn Deluxe Chocolate Cake Mix (requires 120mL Vegetable Oil and 150mL whole egg)
    720g Bulk Barn Chocolate Icing
    480g M&Ms
    39 Kit Kat fingers.

    That’s 828 calories for a 3 Kit Kat-wide slice. Crazy.

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    No-name — December 9, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    My brother would LOVE these! This will make a great b-day present for him! Thank you! I’m much grateful!

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    viki — January 4, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

    people make those in stores for money, and it looked exactly like that one. cause my mom got me one from Jewel Osco or Woodmans for my birthday, and it looked JUST like that. Even the ribbons!

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