Several years ago, my oldest son wanted a Super Mario Brothers cake for his birthday. We looked online and found a really cool 3 tier cake. Like all mothers, I set out on a mission to make sure he had this cake for his birthday. WOW! I was ABSOLUTELY shocked and could not believe the prices of cakes. This caused me to start looking around to see if I could make my own cake. I was honestly surprised at how easy it was to get your hands on the right supplies to give it a try.
I was able to make my son the cake he wanted and he was thrilled! I was amazed at the money I had saved on just this one cake. With 2 other children in the house and several other family members, it has been fun coming up with ideas and making their dreams come true.
So, that is how my cake making journey began. I do not claim to make professional looking cakes but they are made from the heart to my children and family. I know this is something they will always remember and you can never take that away!
Recently my niece had her birthday and she wanted a candy bar cake. We searched online and found a Kit Kat Cake. To make this cake, I used:
3 Boxes of Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix
Ingredients per box
Wilton Chocolate Buttercream Recipe Doubled
20-24 Kit Kat Full Size Bars
1 – 1 ½ pound M&M’s
I prepared the cake per directions on the box. I used two boxes of cake mix in the Wilton 12” Decorative Pan and have learned that because it is so much batter, it is best to reduce the cooking temperature by 25-50 degrees, depending on your oven. The smaller cake is one box of cake mix in a Wilton 6” Decorative Pan.
After it was cooled, I put my icing on the cake and stacked them together. One secret is to add straws into the cake to keep the top cake from sliding off. Straws are much cheaper than skewers.
Next, I broke the Kit Kats in half, very carefully! I tried to let the kids help but a few did not break evenly and did not look as ‘pretty’. I put a thin layer of icing on the Kit Kat and placed it on the cake. The icing acts as glue. From personal experience, don’t skip this step! I had a couple of casualties during transportation but was able to fix it once I got it to the final destination.
Lastly, sprinkle your M&M’s around the top. Add as little or as much as you like! Even use your own color combinations! Most importantly – have fun with it!!