Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kit Kat Cake

Kit Kat Cake

Ta-da!

I’ve done so much baking over the years, but this is the first time I’ve fully decorated a whole cake. Of course, using kit kats makes it much easier but it also looks pretty cool too doesn’t it?
Kit Kat Cake
I’ve been toying with doing a whole cake, completely with layers and decoration for a while. I was going to make one for DH’s birthday, but he asked for a very minimalist birthday this year. He wanted a weekend of doing nothing. No running errands, no making a mess in the kitchen. He wanted to sleep in, play his computer game, hang out and watch TV. Our downtime is usually quite busy, so I could understand why he wanted this break.
Kit Kat Cake
So I honored his wishes and we did nothing for a day. It was actually a challenge for me because I am constantly on the go. Though by the end of the afternoon, I quite enjoyed doing nothing and had no desire to ever cook, work or clean again.
Kit Kat Cake
Of course after his birthday was over, life resumed back to normal and my desire to make the cake was still there. I came across a design for a kit kat cake that I knew would fit him perfectly. He recently received some good news worth celebrating so it gave me the excuse to make him this cake. The kit kats represent the kid in him and the glazed strawberries are his favorite.
Kit Kat Cake
I baked a regular chocolate cake, sliced it in half, did a chocolate whipped cream and fresh strawberries filling, then spread more whipped cream outside the cake before sticking on the kit kats and topping with piles of fresh strawberries.
Kit Kat Cake
I had no idea how many kit kats would be needed for this cake. If you’re making it, be prepared to go through a lot! I actually used the extra large kit kats which I got from Costco Business Center. They are about double the width of a standard kit kat and I only baked a six inch cake, but I needed 17 of the large sticks to line the entire cake. i can’t imagine how many regular kit kats would be needed on a standard 8 or 9 inch round cake.

Even though the decorating is fairly simple, it did take about an hour or so to get everything on there. And the end result was super heavy!


I surprised DH with the cake and he was thrilled. I was a little sad when we had to cut in and ruin the masterpiece. Oh well.
Kit Kat Cake
Now that I’ve accomplished this one, I can’t wait to start making other fully decorated cakes. I really want to try the chinese sponge cakes with fresh fruit filling and whipped cream frosting. I also want to do a chocolate mousse cake for DH later as he loves chocolate mousse.
Kit Kat Cake

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Kit Kat Cake

Ingredients:

favorite chocolate cake recipe (I used a really easy one but I actually thought it came out a little dry so I'm not going to include the cake recipe I used here)
2 packs of fresh strawberries
3-4 cups of heavy cream
1/2 cup of sugar
4 tbsp of high quality cocoa powder
Kit Kats (17 extra large ones needed for a 6 inch cake, likely you will need about 30 regular ones, or more for an 8 inch cake)
1/2 cup apricot preserves

Directions:

1. Bake cake according to instructions in a round springform pan or 2 round cake pans. Let cake cool completely. If you used one springform pan you will need to slice the cake to make two round cakes. If you baked in 2 round cake pans, gently slice uneven top surface so that you are working with two level round cakes.
2. Make whipped cream by combining cream, sugar, and cocoa powder on high speed until stiff peaks form. You may want to add more sugar or cocoa powder, depending on your preference. I chose to use a less sweet whipped cream to balance out the kit kats and cake.
3. Using a spatula, spread a thin layer of whipped cream across the surface of one of the cake rounds. Slice up 6-7 strawberries and place on top of the whipped cream layer, scattering evenly across the cake surface. Spread another layer of whipped cream on top of the strawberries. Place the untouched cake round on top of the whipped cream layer.
4. Using remaining whipped cream, spread across exterior of cake, until every part of the cake has a thin layer of whipped cream. Unwrap kit kats and press onto outside rim of cake until entire outside is lined with kit kats. The kit kats should hold their place with the help of the whipped cream. Fill the top of the cake with fresh strawberries (you can use other fruit as well).
5. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup apricot preserves with 2 tbsp of water until it begins to thicken and bubble. Strain out the apricot pieces. Brush strawberries with glaze.

 

46 Responses to “Kit Kat Cake”

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    Soo — April 16, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    That cake looks so awesome! Wish you had a bakery so I could buy a slice!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 16th, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

      Haha, I don’t think I could ever open a bakery. I feel so much pressure when I bake for others.

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    Tina — April 17, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    This looks awesome! DH is a lucky guy :)

    • Kirbie replied: — April 17th, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

      I tell him that often ;-)

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    Lizzie — April 21, 2013 @ 2:52 am

    This cake looks amazing!! Am going to make it as a birthday cake, how long do you reckon it would keep with the strawberries on top? Was hoping to make it a day in advance! Thanks :-)

    • Kirbie replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

      A day in advance should be fine. The strawberries last longer if you coat them in the preserves.

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    Ronata — April 22, 2013 @ 4:08 am

    What a cute cake. Love it. Check out this kit kat cake I made for my son’s third Birthday.

    http://ronata.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/keess-3rd-birthday-cake/

    • Kirbie replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

      Your cake looks nice too!

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    lilkunta — April 25, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    please make this for me.i will pay for it.
    i will pay for it be shipped in a refridgerated container overnight? P L E A S E!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 25th, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

      I’m sorry, but I do not ship and sell my baked items. Perhaps you can pay someone to make it for you. It’s not very hard to do.

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    Morgan — April 27, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    I posted this link to my mothers wall, and she made it for my birthday. IT IS SO GOOD! Not too rich, not too sweet, it was phenomenal.

    • Kirbie replied: — April 29th, 2013 @ 9:55 am

      Lucky you!

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    lunaaa — April 28, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    this is my first time trying to make cake. while placing kit kat onto rim of cake, did you put the cake on springform? and after finish decorating the cake, you bake on oven or cold it?

    • Kirbie replied: — April 29th, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      You don’t need to rebake the cake after it is decorated. I just put it in the fridge. You can put the kit kat cake on a plate, cake stand, etc, while decorating it with the kit kats

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    Josefina — May 21, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Hi, It looks really good, will make it soon ; ) I have a question on the type of sugar, is it regular sugar or powdered?

    • Kirbie replied: — May 21st, 2013 @ 11:58 am

      Regular sugar.

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    Carole — May 23, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    Have you done anything similar with twix candy bars? Not sure if they would hold up the same way. Thoughts?

    • Kirbie replied: — May 23rd, 2013 @ 8:26 am

      I have not tried it with twix. I think it would work, though my two concerns are the height of the twix (aren’t they shorter than kit kats? even the large packs I remember are broken down into smaller ones), and the twix surfaces usually aren’t as smooth compared to a kit kat so it might not look as nice.

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    Alexandria — June 26, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    Can I substitute a strawberry preserves or jam for the apricot in the glaze? Don’t know if the apricot affects the flavor of the strawberries and I am making for a picky eater.

    • Kirbie replied: — June 27th, 2013 @ 12:03 am

      Well you can but it might affect how it looks. The shiny glaze uses a clear or light colored jam like apricot. If you use something like strawberry it won’t really look as much like a shiny glaze and will look more like a red coating over the berries.

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    Alexandria — June 28, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Does the apricot jam affect the flavor of the strawberries?

    • Kirbie replied: — June 28th, 2013 @ 9:01 am

      Well it has a slight taste of apricots. The flavor of the jam doesn’t disappear or anything. I think it just makes the strawberries sweeter and fruitier.

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    tyesha jackson — June 30, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    I love to bake and am excited to bake this cake this weekend..yours looks fabulous so I’m nervous mine may not come out as good looking as yours. I do love to bake so keeping my fingers crossed it comes out pretty.

    *by the way love your easy to follow directions*

    • Kirbie replied: — July 1st, 2013 @ 11:30 am

      Good luck! I’m sure yours will come out great!

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    Steph — July 12, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    Loved this! I used a favorite box chocolate cake mix and strawberry glaze you find in the grocery. It was wonderful! Next time I want to try making the cake layer out of brownie mix. OMG! :) ) yum

    • Kirbie replied: — July 15th, 2013 @ 7:54 am

      Nice! Glad you like it!

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    Bridgett — July 15, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    I wonder you could use chocolate cool whip?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 15th, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

      I’m not sure. I haven’t worked with cool whip so I don’t know if it will melt.

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    Kate — July 25, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    Do you accept orders?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 25th, 2013 @ 8:52 am

      Aw, unfortunately no. But it’s pretty easy to make on your own!

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    Renae — August 13, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    Hello! I spotted this on pinterest and thought it looked amazing and delicious, so I followed the link… and didn’t end up here. Instead I was on a site littered with ads. Thinking this was suspicious I google image searched ‘kit kat strawberry cake’ and found this post, clearly the original post. I thought you might like to know that you’re photos are being pinned from another source. I won’t link them here, as that gives them trackbacks but if you want it, mail me.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 14th, 2013 @ 9:49 am

      Thank you for letting me know. I’ve reported the issue. I actually found a few spam-type websites that took my photos and recipe without permission.

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    Cheryl Godwin — August 15, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    10 Full size Kit-Kat bars will cover an 8 inch cake! I know because I just did one! I bought a 6-pack of the full size bars since there is four Kit-Kat’s in a full size bar thinking it would be enough then had to go back and get another package which I ended up with two full size bars left.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 15th, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

      thanks for letting people know!

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    Traci — September 18, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Hey, Im planning to make this cake tomorrow. Im confused in the icing tho. The heavy cream, is it the heavy whipping cream?

    • Kirbie replied: — September 18th, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      You can use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream

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    JustOneMoreBite — September 20, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kirbie replied: — September 21st, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

      welcome =)

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    Steves Kitchen — November 3, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    This cake was made to celebrate the launch of the new Android OS which was launched a couple of days ago. All the candies made it super sweet but it was fun to make and eat Take a look here

    • Kirbie replied: — November 3rd, 2013 @ 8:44 am

      I agree it’s really sweet, but it looks pretty cool!

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    Carly — December 4, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    This looks so good! Real quick, how hard was it to cut? The kit kats and strawberries must’ve made it pretty hard I can imagine.

    • Kirbie replied: — December 4th, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

      It is a little hard to cut. I sliced between the kit kats so I wouldn’t have to slice through them.

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    lelee — December 11, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    would it be just as good if I used whipped frosting from the jar

    • Kirbie replied: — December 11th, 2013 @ 11:38 am

      It will work. I found the jar frosting super sweet though so it’s up to you.

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    Brenda Cole — February 7, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    This is so awesome! I think I will make it for our Valentines dinner for us & another couple! I hmade a Twix-M&M cake for Halloween & it went over big & was very good!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 7th, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

      sounds yummy!

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