Have you seen these super cute Kit Kat Candy Cakes on Pinterest?! I have seen several versions of them, but had yet to make one. Until…I got a message off Instagram from a mutual friend of James and I, asking if I could make a golf themed Kit Kat Cake for her boyfriends upcoming 35th birthday. I was super excited to make this cake because I just knew it would turn out super cute! Have you seen the new Custom Dessert Shoppe page I added to the blog?! If you are on a mobile device, click on the menu (the three lines at the top left hand side, below my logo) and you will see it there! Check it out…it is a collection of some of the cakes and cupcake orders I have created. If you are interested in an order or dessert catering, just check out the page and email me. I can work within your budget and don’t usually make anything off of my orders. I just like baking and creating, and then I can blog about it! The cost I charge covers the ingredients and materials (anything over cost that is donated, goes right back into the blog!).
For this Kit Kat Cake I made a chocolate cake and frosted and filled it with my chocolate buttercream frosting. Buttercream frosting recipe can be found here. I used vanilla fondant and gel dye to dye the fondant grey for the letters and green for the golfing green. The golf ball was also made out of the plain, vanilla fondant and I used the back of a long skewer to make the golf ball impressions. I used a silicon mould to form the letters and the golf green I rolled out and shaped by hand.
This cake took me several steps. Three days before the cake was due, I did all my fondant work so the fondant could dry and harden a little. I placed my completed fondant items on a flat surface, covered with saran wrap and left at room temperature until I was ready to decorate cake. The next day I baked my chocolate cakes. After the cakes cooled, I wrapped each cake round individually, tightly in saran wrap and stored at room temperature. The day before the cake was due, I made my chocolate buttercream frosting and gathered everything together to assemble my Kit Kat Cake.
Now time to assemble! I leveled both round cakes using a serrated knife. I placed the top side of the cake down on a round cake board and removed the parchment paper from the bottom (so the top of the cake is now the bottom because the bottom of the cake is always flatter). I scooped a few bigs scoops of the chocolate buttercream frosting onto the middle of the cake on the cake board, and leveled the frosting so it was an even layer. Next, I topped my frosted round with my second cake round, top side down. Remove parchment paper and add huge scoops of frosting to the middle of the top cake layer. Use an offset cake icing spatula to work icing to cover the top layer of the cake and down the sides of the cake. If you have a turn table or lazy susan, this will make even icing so much easier. Use all the frosting…because why not? The beauty of this cake is that your frosting doesn’t have to look smooth and perfect, because we are going to cover it up with candy anyways. But for structure reasons, make sure your frosting is level all the way around and on top.
Immediately add the individual Kit Kat sticks, vertically, to the sides of the freshly frosted cake. I used 5 regular sized Kit Kat bars to cover this cake. Fun size Kit Kats are smaller in length, so you don’t want to use those. Continue to add the Kit Kats, spacing them slightly apart, until every inch of the side of the cake is covered in Kit Kats. Take a long piece of ribbon and wrap it around the center of the Kit Kats and tie in a pretty bow. This helps keep the Kit Kats in place and vertical (I am not sure it’s totally necessary, but it looks pretty). If you don’t want to add ribbon, my suggestion would be to make sure you firmly press the Kit Kats into the freshly frosted cake and then refrigerate the cake so it sets together.
Next, add your M&M’s, using enough M&M’s to cover the top of the cake to the top of the Kit Kats. Add your desired decorations! For my golf themed cake I added the green fondant green, fondant golf ball and for the hole in the golf green I covered a chocolate coin in my chocolate frosting. I cut out a hole in the golf green to sink the chocolate coin “hole” into. I used frosting to stick the golfball to the fondant green. For the flag, I used a Pirouline Cookie stick and attached a triangle cut piece of fruit leather that I iced with the number 35. I added “Happy Birthday Jay” fondant letters onto the M&M’s. I like the jumbled look for the letters, rather than everything in a straight line. And that’s it! Regina and Jay loved the birthday cake I made for Jay’s birthday celebration!! I know like it may sound like a lot of steps, but compared to some of the other desserts I have made, I think it was one of the easiest and I was so proud of how it turned out.
Chocolate Kit Kat Candy CakePrint Recipe
- CHOCOLATE CAKE:
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups white granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup freshly brewed, hot coffee
- KIT KAT DECORATIONS:
- 5 regular sized Kit Kat candy bars
- 1 to 1-1/2 pounds M&M's
Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer add the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Use the paddle attachment to beat the ingredients until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, with the mixer on low. Mix only until just incorporated. Slowly add the hot coffee to the mixture and mix on low until combined. Mixture will be thin.
Pour batter evenly between the two prepared cake round pans. Bake cakes in 350-degree oven for 23-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without raw batter on it.
Let cakes cool before frosting. Prepare frosting using above link to chocolate buttercream frosting recipe.
ASSEMBLE KIT KAT CAKE:
Level cooled cakes. Add frosting to the top of one round cake to create the filling between the layers of cake. Top with the remaining cake round. Add frosting to the top of the cake round and work frosting across the cake and the sides, until all frosting is evenly distributed on the cake. Break Kit Kats into single sticks and place each Kit Kat stick vertically around the cake, leaving just a slight gap in between sticks. Tie ribbon around the center of the Kit Kats. Top the cake with M&M's, filling to the top of the Kit Kats. Decorate for your desired theme.
Store in refrigerator if not serving the same day as the day the cake was frosted.
The cool thing about this super sweet Kit Kat Candy Cake is you can decorate it to fit any theme!! Just be advised that when you buy all one color of M&M’s they are super expensive. I spent close to $25 in just M&M’s and Kit Kat bars.