Monday, April 23, 2012

Kit Kat Cake

Have you seen these cakes around the internet?

They seem to be all the rage so of course I had to participate and try it out.

Plus the little girl who had a birthday a little while ago was convinced that this is what she wanted to give her friends to eat at her party.  Perfect excuse!

I decided I really love this cake (it's not really a particular cake because you can do anything as the cake and then decorate with the kit kats).  It covers all the imperfections of decorating and every kid thinks it's awesome.

I love that.  The presentation looks like you have spent hours on it but not the case.  The particular cake recipe I used was super easy, the frosting was delicious, and decorating it was a piece of cake (ha, ha no pun intended!!).

Kit Kat Cake

(click here for printable version)

2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

To decorate:
12 Kit Kats
1 large package M&Ms (I used easter candy because that's what my daughter wanted but you can do whatever)

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour two 9" round baking pans.  Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.  Beat with mixer for 2 minutes.  Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).  Divide equally between found baking pans.

3.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes and then remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

4. To make frosting: In a medium bowl, melt butter.  Whisk in cocoa.  Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to a spreadable consistency.  Add additional milk if it's too thick (I usually don't have to). Stir in vanilla.

5.  To assemble cake:  When cake is completely cool, trim tops to make them flat, if needed.  On a cake plate, place one round.  Spread 1/2 cup frosting on top.  Place second round cake on top of frosting.  Using the rest of the frosting, frost top and sides of cake.  Place Kit Kats all around the the sides of the cake, pushing gently into frosting.  Put ribbon around Kit Kats and tie in a bow.  Place M&Ms (or whatever you are using) all over the top.  Serve and enjoy!

Cake from Hershey's 
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