Kit Kat & M&M’s Candy Cake and Cupcakes

Kit Kat M&M's Candy Cake

Sometimes I go all out for my kids birthdays (that was 1280 tiny squares!!) and sometimes I’m a complete failure and sometimes, I hit the middle ground.  This birthday was middle ground :)

These cakes are so easy to put together and even if you have no cake decorating experience – you can do this cake!!

CakeMate Galaxy Nonpariels

Caleb loves the color blue, and I had some ribbon that was blue and green, and these fun Cake Mate “Galaxy” nonpariels that were black, blue, green and white… so I let that be my color palette!

KitKat Candy Cake

I baked two 8″ round layers of confetti cake, then filled and frosted it with blue vanilla buttercream.

Next, I unwrapped probably ten full-size Kit Kats and stuck them on the sides.  All you need to do this is just have fresh (un-crusted) buttercream and the Kit Kats will easily stick!!

Kit Kat Candy Cake

When that was done, I put an extra layer of buttercream on top, then I filled up the center with blue, green and dark brown M&M’s.   Yeah – I had to pick out all the other colors.  But no worries… they didn’t go to waste ;)

Sprinkled Cupcake with KitKat Cake

We were having family over to have birthday cake and ice cream with us,  so I also made some cupcakes to be sure we wouldn’t run out of dessert.  I piled up the blue buttercream and that’s where I used the “Galaxy” nonpariels.

KitKat Candy Cake and Cupcakes

Sprinkles Cupcake

Aren’t those pretty?  I really loved the way it all turned out and so did Caleb…

Caleb birthday

Later that night we cut the cake and Caleb blue out his candles.    This might be one of my favorite birthday photos of my kids:

Caleb is 12

If you’re wondering what it looked like on the inside, I did snap a couple of pictures (although they aren’t great).

Cut KitKat Cake

The only problem with these cakes are my kids want to pull off the Kit Kats and M&M’s and they don’t always finish the cake ;)

Kit Kat Cake and Cupakes

 I think that’s it…  did I miss anything?  If you have any questions about this cake or cupcakes, leave me a comment!!  And if you’ve ever made a Kit Kat Cake, please share a link so I can have a look!

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Sofia the First Cake

Sofia the 1st Cake above

Good morning!!  It’s Monday ya’ll and this week is going to be a doozy!    In addition to my three cake orders (and cupcakes and cookies), we have to be at our church for the next seven days in a row (8 if you count yesterday).

You see, it’s Vacation Bible School this week and that means busy, busy, busy!   Five days of regular VBS, then a Fun Day on Saturday and Commencement on Sunday.

Did I mention I’m also trying to diet?  Yeah… I’m not sane.  But I am looking forward to all of the kids and the fun and learning about Jesus… but it’s gonna be a lot of work and I’m sure I’ll be asleep standing up by the end of it!

Sofia the 1st Cake

In the meantime, I wanted to share this sweet little Sofia the First Cake I made last summer and all of my cake decorating tips for making this cake!  It was an 8″ round vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream filling and frosting and then decorated with homemade marshmallow fondant.

Now, let me tell you about the details…

Sofia the 1st Tiara on Cake

For the tiara, I used the largest round disc on my extruder to make ropes of fondant.   I then shaped them on the cake to match Sofia’s tiara (as best I could).  After they were secured on the cake, I painted them silver.  For the silver paint, I mixed together Nu Silver Luster Dust with a few drops of vodka.

I used a wheel on this Wilton ribbon cutter to do the texture along the bottom of the tiara, then I added lavender sugar pearls and an edible diamond to finish out the details.

Sugar Pearls

Around the top edge of the cake, I used white sugar pearls in different sizes to make bunting.  They were attached to the cake with tiny dots of royal icing.

Funky Alphabet Tappit Cutters

I used my favorite Funky Alphabet Tappit Cutters to do Carson’s name – you can see how I use tappit cutters here.

Sofia the 1st Cake back

For the bottom border of the cake, except on the front where the tiara was, I used my silicone pearl molds.  You can see how I use silicone pearl molds here.

Sofia the 1st

And of course, there was Sofia the First.  She was a real toy/doll … I used a rubber band to attach her to a dowel rod (under her dress), then stood her up on the center of the cake!

 I think that’s it…  did I miss anything?  If you have any questions about this cake, leave me a comment!!

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How to Make a Giant S’Mores Cake

  How to Make a Giant S'Mores Cake

Update:  This cake was originally made in September 2011 and posted in April 2012.  But I’ve got a lot more readers than I had way back then and since it’s summertime and the perfect season for camping and bonfires and s’mores… I thought I’d share it again!    My photography has improved a little since 2011, but the photos aren’t too bad and if you’re in the market to make  a giant s’mores cake, I hope my notes will help you out!  

S'mores Cake

This Giant S’mores Cake is almost all chocolate!  I made this cake last fall and I have to tell you… I wasn’t sure it was going to work out with that cake teetering on top… but it did!   And since it was a success, I thought I’d share How to Make a Giant S’mores Cake!

And note… when I say giant – I mean really really BIG!  This cake will serve 50-70 people (depending on serving size).

The “graham crackers” are each 10″ square chocolate cakes (I have Magic Line pans… love ‘em!!) covered with brown sugar butter cream (very similar to the frosting on these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes).  After frosting the cakes (and before the frosting crusted), I pressed graham cracker crumbs  all over the surface then added butterscotch chips for the “holes”.

The “chocolate bar” on the s’mores is a thin layer of brownie covered in dark chocolate fondant, and the “marshmallow” is 2 layers of chocolate cake covered and filled with vanilla buttercream and deliberately ripply marshmallow fondant (so it looks melty).  I also trimmed the top of the 8″ round cake a little bit so that the top would sit a little wonky.

It’s supported with bubble tea straws in two layers and a dowel through the middle!  Altogether, this cake was about 10″ tall!  You can see step-by-step how I stack cakes here!

While this is not every detail, here’s a summary of how to stack it up:

  • Put a 10″ square cake on a prepared 12″ square board (it should already be frosted and covered with graham cracker crumbs).
  • Lay a 8″ square of brownies in the center (already covered in dark brown fondant or frosting)
  • Mark the cake for where you’ll need to center the 8″ round cake, then measure, cut and push in the bubble tea straws.  See more details about this here.
  • Put the assembled 8″ round cake on top of the bubble tea straws and make sure it’s centered.
  • Repeat the steps with bubble tea straws, preparing the 8″ round cake to hold the 10″ square on top.
  • Next stack the other finished 10″ square cake on top (it has a 10″ square cake board underneath it).
  • Drive a sharpened dowel rod through the center of all the cakes – top to bottom.  Again, see this post for more info about doweling.
  • Touch up the top of the cake to cover the dowel hole and you’re finished.

This post is linked up at Mix It Up Monday and Cookies & Cups S’mores Week Round-Up!

Did I miss anything?   Any questions about this cake?   Please leave them in the comments and I’m happy to answer & help!

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