I have some fun news today! It’s my birthday! Yay! And I made a Kit Kat Cake! Yum! Watch the video showing you how to make this Kit Kat Cake, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can bake it at home.
I signed a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to write The Recipe Girl Cookbook when this cake was originally shared in 2013. And I celebrated with this fun cake!
I saw this idea on the internet somewhere… surrounding a cake with Kit Kats, presenting it with a bow and topping it with M&M’s. I couldn’t get it out of my head, so I had to give it a shot myself.
It’s really very simple to make. You’ll just need your favorite layer cake recipe (or a boxed mix), frosting, Kit Kat’s, M&M’s and ribbon.
How to Make a Kit Kat Cake:
I think you’ll be surprised just how incredibly easy it is to pull this off. Frost a layer cake just as you would normally do- first one layer, then add the second and frost all the way around. Then stick Kit Kat’s all the way around the cake- they will just stick to the frosting. Then pour M&M’s on top. That’s it!
Can you use this method for any kind of layer cake?
Yes! Use your favorite two-layer cake, frost it, attach the Kit Kats, and pour M&M’s on top.
I love how the “sea” of M&M’s makes this cake look so pretty. I can envision making this cake on all of the holidays where special-colored M&M’s are available… red, white & green for a Christmas Kit Kat Cake… pink, white and red for a Valentine’s Kit Kat Cake. The possibilities are endless!
Wrap your brightest, cutest bow around the Kit Kat’s.
It makes a fun birthday cake.
And this Kit Kat Cake is delicious too! Happy birthday to me!
When I quit teaching and debuted my recipe website back in 2006 and then added the blog in 2008, I never imagined that my life would take such a positive turn… that I would end up with a career that I love so much! I’m actually excited to wake up everyday and get to work in the kitchen, behind the camera and on the computer.
I pinch myself every single day to make sure this is all real, and I’m so grateful to my readers for making all of this cooking and recipe stuff possible. And I’ve written a cookbook! All of it is pretty much a dream come true. I love my job.
If you’re looking for more cake recipes that are great for celebrations, you might also enjoy my Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake or this Coconut Cake with Raspberry Buttercream Filling. Chocolate Stout Cake, Yellow Cake and Drumstick Cake are also fun cakes to bake!
Kit Kat Cake
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 large eggs
CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
- 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 16 ounces powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate)
- 36 Kit Kat candy bar sticks (13.5 ounces of Kit Kats)
- One 12-ounce bag M&M's
- Ribbon, optional
PREPARE THE CAKE:
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans and line a cupcake pan with 6 liners (you're going to have 6 cupcakes to munch on along with your cake!)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Add the remaining ingredients and beat with a hand mixer for 2 minutes, or until well blended.
- Scoop the batter into 6 cupcake liners 3/4-full. Divide the remaining batter between the two prepared round pans. Bake the cupcakes for about 25 minutes, and bake the cake rounds 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pans for 20 minutes, then remove the cake layers to a wire rack to cool completely.
- When the cake is cool, you're ready to assemble. Place one layer on a serving plate, and tuck strips of waxed paper underneath the sides of the cake.
PREPARE THE FROSTING:
- In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Increase speed to medium, and slowly add milk and vanilla, beating until smooth. Microwave chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30 second intervals. Gradually add melted chocolate to mixture; beat until blended and smooth.
ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
- Frost the 1st cake layer. Set the 2nd layer on top of the first. Frost the 2nd layer and along the sides of the cake too. Stick Kit Kat's to the sides of the cake, leaving a very small space in between each Kit Kat (1/4-inch). Wrap a bow around the cake, securing the Kit Kat's. Fill the top of the cake with M&M's. Pull out the strips of waxed paper and discard. Use any extra frosting to frost your 6 extra cupcakes.
- If you refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours or so, it will be much easier to cut and serve. Of course, you'll need to remove the bow just before serving.
- *You can certainly use your favorite layer cake recipe for this cake. The doctored-up cake mix recipe that is included here is actually quite good!
- You can also use a yellow cake or your favorite flavor... following the same instructions here for jazzing it up.
- Technically, you can use all of the batter in two 9-inch round pans, but it might make the cake too high to work for this recipe. You don't want the cake to stand higher than the height of the Kit Kat's- or they will not be able to act as a "fence" to hold in the M&M's.
I used Mini M&M’s for the Topping. ❤️
Can you make this cake ahead of date served.
What size KitKat do you use
was looking at the recipe for cranberry bliss bars and “recipe girl” sounded oddly familiar to me! turns out i had used ( and bookmarked) your kit kat barrel cake recipe! i made it for my first childs 1st birthday back in 2014! it looked stunning, and every one oohed and aah’d. just wanted to say thank you!! better late than never right!
Great to hear!!
Hi, My name is Andi and I want to make this cake for my brother’s birthday but I would like to do it with a “Black Forest (german) cake” I think it would go well because it would add the cherry flavor. Let me know if you think it is a good idea thanks.
Sure, it’s worth a try!
Hi Lori, if I make this cake 2 days in advance from my daughter’s birthday, would it be good to cut and eat? I know it will not go bad in 2 days, but I am more concerned about the quality. I thought to ask you since you are the expert here. Can you please advice? Thank you,
I guess if you have it stored well in a sealed container or well-wrapped, it should be okay.
In the recipe it states to tuck strips of waxed paper underneath the sides of the cake. What is the reason for this?
After frosting both cakes it simply states to pull them out. I just don’t know what purpose the was paper strips serves.
When you frost a cake, the frosting messes up the platter. If you stick wax paper underneath the cake while frosting and then slide them out later, it’ll be clean around the bottom edge of the cake instead of messy.
Please could u put the video on….it does say there is a video but doesn’t seem to have one there
It’s there! Scroll down a little bit. It’s after the first photo…
Hi, Can you share the whole video as to how can one prepare the layer & frosting as the same does not appear in the video shared. It would be really helpful as I am preparing a cake for the first time. Thank You
Make any two-layer cake recipe (you can use a boxed cake mix) and then prepare the Kit Kat cake.
Would I be able to use a funfetti cake mix for this?
I think you could make a Kit Kat cake with any cake!
Did you use the extra large Kit Kat’s or the normal size, I know the minis wouldn’t work but not sure on which other size I need. Thanks!
Just the regular sized Kit Kats!
I love this cake. So fun and so delicious!
This cake is so fun! Always a hit at parties!
This cake is so much fun to look at and eat!
This was SO easy and festive! It looks so much better than my frosted cake. Such a terrific recipe!
My neighbor made this cake. It’s so good.
It looks perfect for a child birthday. So sweet. Thanks for sharing
I am wanting to make one foe my son’s birthday but now sure how many it will feed.
It’s just like a regular two-layer cake– so probably 10 to 14 pieces, depending on how big you cut the pieces.
If you cannot find the 18.25 oz. size box mix and have to use the 15.25 size, do you need to make any adjustments to the other ingredients you add to the cake mix?
No, you can use the smaller mix with the same results!
So excited I bumped into this recipe. My daughter is not into sweets but loves Kit Kat, so for her 17th birthday I decided to make this wonderful cake. Only difference was instead of decorating it with m & m’s I used chocolate covered strawberries, not only was it beautiful it was absolutely delicious. I know the recipe calls for 18.25 ounce cake mix but learned that in the past few years the cake mix now is 15.25 ounce. I searched and searched and it was a toss between adding 3 more ounces of cake mix or just using the 15.25 ounce. So I decided just to use the 15.25 ounce cake mix and it came out perfect. Must also mention that after making this delicious homemade frosting I will never again use the store brought kind. Thank You for such an awesome recipe it was a complete hit!
My son wants a cake like this but with red velvet and cream cheese frosting. How do you think the kit Kats and M&Ms would taste with the cream cheese frosting?
Well, I personally think they’d be great!
Hi i saw this cake at the supermarket but I forgot how to do it, so today i Google it so I found the recipe but it looks so good and thank you for posting the cake and the recipe, and please can you tell me what else can I put o how many candy bars should I put ps. Socerily Michael madrid
Just follow the recipe (print it out) and that gives you all of the details. You’ll need about 36 Kit Kat sticks.
how many bags of kit kats and m&ms do we need?
Instructions and amounts are all in the recipe.
This cake looks good…… what is regular size kit kats? How tall are they? I don’t want to get ones that are too small………..Thanks
Just regular size… like the size that you would buy as a candy bar.
Made this Cake for my son’s 30th Birthday and was delighted to hear what every mother loves ” Mom, this is the best cake you ever made”. You can be sure I will make it again!!
so happy to hear that!
Hi!! Congratulations on your book!! I had a quick question is it possible to manually blend these ingredients rather than a mixer?
That should probably be just fine.
opps sorry say that you just answered that!
Lori now that they changed the size of the cake mixes, will this still work?
Hi, curious if using boxed mix do i use 2 boxes or make one and pour in two round pans ? Or possible 1 in one pan and half in the other ?
Just follow instructions as they are written… one mix is divided between the two round pans 🙂
Thanks for the easy to follow instructions Lori. I attempted to make my first cake, ever, for my girlfriend’s birthday. It came out very nice and I couldn’t have done it without your recipe! I’m going to try another for the Holday’s with the mint M&M’s. Why can’t something this good be lower in calories haha..
happy for your success!
Do you think this would work with a cheesecake??
No idea- I have not tried that yet!
Hi, just made this for my daughters birthday. It was absolutely lovely, I’ll defiantly be making it again.
So, I’m not much of a baker so i have what might be silly questions. First, I didn’t see any 18.25 oz. cake mixes…the standard size seemed to be 15.25. Should I compensate in some way? Also, do you make the cake mix as it states on the box or just use the mix dry and add your “extra” ingredients?
You can use the smaller mix- they changed the size of it somewhere along the way, but the smaller size works just the same. Use it as a dry mix and just add the other ingredients in the recipe.
I would love to make this for my partners birthday!
Do you think pods on top would be way too much? One of his favourites however I wouldn’t want to take away anything from this delicious looking cake!!?
I’m not sure what “pods” are, so I don’t know!
Hi i think that the cake looks amazing ad tastes delicious, but what can i use instead of sour cream?
maybe Greek yogurt?
I made this with a twist. I used box cake without the added steps then did the Kit-Kat around it added the ribbon. Then it took a little bit of a twist. I added
The treasure chest from this site. to the top of the cake. then added candy around the base of the chest and added crumbled cake inside the chest and then poured whoppers added chocolate coins added candy necklaces, put in m&m candies then added those to the outside of the cake as well. I then poured sixlets around for a shinny candy.
I was making this for an auction and it sold well. the whole thing was worth it. And so simple to make. I will definitely do this again for someone.
Where did you get giant kitkat bars from can’t find them any where
Phoned Nestle and say they don’t do them
Thankyou Sue Beckham
The Kit Kat bar itself isn’t any larger, but it’s a giant/King size package.
A moderately sized slice of this cake is not going to send anyone into a diabetic coma. Moderation is key.
Hi! I’ve got your chocolate cake recipe baking right now! I wanted to know if I could substitute a yellow cake mix for the chocolate? Thanks!
Just made this for my brother’s 12th birthday tomorrow and looks fabulous! I can’t wait to eat it!
Wow thank, my friend was thinking of doing something creative for her mothers birthday so I suggested this, it was very helpful and colorful and just great!:)
I have just finished making this cake for my girlfriend and I litterally cannot thank you enough this litterally is the icing on the cake for her birthday along with her presents , I shall definitely be making this again ! Now just gotta see how it tastes ;)!
this was so insanely good tasting. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.
Can this cake be made with TimTams instead of Kit Kat bars? 🙂 Your opinion
I’m afraid I do not know what Tim Tams are!
I made this cake last weekend for my daughter’s 5th birthday and it was a huge success! Everyone absolutely loved the look of it. The only difference we had was that we only used orange M&M’s in the center (my daughter will only eat those). Just wanted to say thanks for making here bday extra special.
That’s cute that she will only eat the orange ones… how on earth did that come about? 🙂
This cake was a huge hit! It was easy to make with easy directions and turned out wonderful. I took a twist and make a bunt cake and used some of the cupcakes to make a buttercream/cake filling in the middle. I loved the part about making cupcakes! That make me literally laugh out loud.
Thanks for the recipe!!
This is amazing this was my dads birthday present this year!! Thank you and keep up the great recipes! 🙂
I’ve been scoping out this cake idea for a while and i’ve decided to make it for my sons first birthday at the park!! Just one question- where can i find “giant kitkat bars”?… (i know ur not refering to kitkat chunky)
i live in Toronto, Canada and i don’t think i’ve ever seen anything other than the reg kitkat, chunky , mini bite size and ofcourse kitkat bites. any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
You don’t actually need “giant Kit Kats,” but rather the jumbo sized bar that has a lot of Kit Kats attached to it.
Thank you for this idea and recipe. We needed to make something special for my sister who is the designated “cake-baker” for all celebrations in our large family. With the help of my 3 daughters we made this cake and truly surprised my sister who was expecting a cake from Costco!!!!! It not only looked impressive, it was delicious too!
Great to hear!
Is it ok to use milk chocolate for the icing instead?
Looks great! Can’t wait!
Use any icing you’d like!
how much is 1 pound powdered sugar, in grams 1/2 cup salted butter
I don’t know, but Googling that sort of thing will fetch you an answer.
Hi, Lori I was wanting to ask you if it was hard to make this cake , i am taking a foods class and we only have 45 mins to make something and I really wanted to make this .. Do you think that maybe I should make the cake before and then decorate it when I get to class
If you brought the cake part in already baked, it’s super easy to assemble and decorate after that. Great idea!
why are we adding flower the the cake mix?
It’s a doctored up cake mix recipe (the extra ingredients make it taste much better than a boxed mix)… if you prefer to just make a boxed mix and follow the directions on the box, that’s okay too.
Hi I want to make this cake but I cant find sour cream. Can you tell me a subsitute for it? 🙂
The cake looks lovely, planning to make it this weekend, but have a question- what do you mean by “One 18.25-ounce box of chocolate cake mix” from where can i get it and which brand is recomended. M in the UAE……..
Are you in the US? Any brand of cake mix will do. If you do not have access to cake mix, you can make any two layer cake recipe and then frost and place the Kit Kats around.
i love this site I made one of your cakes and it turned out great.
boxed cake(betty crocker devil food pudding in the mix) is 15.25 oz do I still use the same measurement of ingredients?
You can follow the same instructions with that box.
I just wanted to say, i love this! It was my last minute idea and my kids loved it!
This looks so good!! You must love baking! I am so trying this, it looks so easy!
Oh my goodniss!!! This cake was a huge life saver!! You really know how to make a cake!! I love this recipe and oh how easy it was to make!! I loved it. So did my kids!!
Loved this! made this for my brothers bday and it was a great success!
Can i make a kitkat cake using a cake that can be bought at a cake shop?
I haven’t done so, but I’m assuming it would be fine.
Where can i buy All-purpose flour? can’t seem to find it.
Do you live outside the US? In that case, it’s just regular old flour. In the US, regular flour is sold as all-purpose flour.
i forgot to add milk in the frosting and its already on the cake. its getting hard. any suggestion what should i do? i have some frosting left. maybe i should add another layer? please reply asap my guests are coming in a few hours. thankyou
Sorry for the delay in response- I was away on vacation! What did you end up doing? Adding another layer sounds like it might have worked…
my question is why do you put the waxed paper down. Thanks
You don’t have to… but it makes frosting the cake neater (you can just pull away the waxed paper after frosting and you won’t get any of the frosting on the bottom of the platter.
what is the size of the pan used???
It calls for two 9-inch round pans in the recipe.
Loved it! I made a birthday cake inspired by your post – see it here http://eatmystyleb.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/kit-kat-m-birthday-cake.html. My boyfriend loved it.
thankyou for posting this recipe. everyone loved it. i have a question. for how long long can you freeze this batter?
i got the !5.25 oz cake mix of betty crocker. would it make any difference? or should i jut bake two 9 inch cakes and not the cupcakes? 18.25 isnt available. thanks
You should be okay with two 9-inch layers… if the batter looks like too much, just leave a little bit out.
hi. i wanted to asked how many table spoons/cups are there in 3 ounce of creem cheese?
hi. i wanted to asked how many table spoons are there in 3 ounce of creem cheese?
Google: “conversion ounces to tablespoons” and I suppose that might give you an answer. I don’t know how to convert off the top of my head. Good luck!
What a cute cake. Love it. Check out this kit kat cake I made for my son’s third Birthday.
Hi, I have a question. Would the smaller Kit-Kats work instead, that way they don’t stick up so much at the top?? It looks like there’s too much space…
They’re just regular-sized Kit Kats… they just come in the giant package.
is the mixture suppose to be runny?
The batter? Yes.
i’ve just made the cake…..added some coffee to the recipe and it tastes amazing
Oh. My. Word!!! This is going to be PERFECT for my daughter’s 5th birthday!!! It’s in August, so I’ve saved this to my ziplist recipe box. She LOVES chocolate and her favorite candy is KitKat – second fave is M&M’s. 🙂 YEA!!
This is precious! I’m going to make it for Easter and use pastel M&M’s.
Can’t wait to try this recipe. Adding the extra ingredients, does this make a denser cake? What is the texture, moist?
No, I wouldn’t say more dense… light and fluffy. Moist.
I have some questions for you on this wonderful cake! I could only find cake mix boxes of 16.5oz. Should I use the extra ingredients or just make the regular box mix? I am scared that the extra two ounces that I am missing from my cake mix will affect the ingredients you have listed.
I think you’ll be fine using the slightly reduced box weight and making it as prepared.
Hi, once you make the sponges how much in advance can you assemble the cake? If you do it too quickly will the kit kats go soggy?
The Kit Kats don’t really get soggy. I’d say assembly the night before should be fine.
Hi! I think it’s really sweet that u answer al this comments, I’m doing this cake next week, wish me luck!
YOU. ARE. AWESOME.
no brasil e diferente..agente coloca bis e confeti fica uma delicia
So you’re supposed to use two boxes of chocolate cake mix if you want to make two layers of 9 inch or just one box? I don’t want it to be too thick or too thin if I just use one box..
One box of cake mix = 2 9-inch layers.
Hi 🙂 im 13 and loooovvveeee baking! i was looking for a recipe on how to make this cake everywhere! I came across your page and it was so simple and explained it way easier than others! Thank you 🙂
You’re welcome! Have fun!
I made this for my sons birthday yesterday! It was wonderful. I will make again. Thank you so much
fantastic! I will make this for my boy!!! he will be 1 next week! 🙂
My soon to be 9 year old picked this cake out for her birhday party. We’re very excited to make this cake together. Kit Kats and M&M’s are her favorite!! Looking forward to eating the cake!!!
I love this cake! I am going to bake it right now! thank you for this recipe!! xx
Making this cake tonight for my sons b-day my doughter us going to decorate it. She is 6 will be great.. cant wait to taste
Hi there… this looks amazing! Definitely going to make it, but have a question. Just wondering what the reasoning is behind adding all the extra ingredients to the ready to make cake mix from a box, that normally only requires eggs and oil…? I am sure you have a good reason, just wondering. Thank you and thanks you so much for posting this beautiful cake!! 🙂
Well, there are cake mixes… and they definitely taste like cake mixes (and you are most welcome to use one for this recipe), and then there are “jazzed up cake mix recipes” like this one– that actually make it taste less like a cake mix and 10 times more delicious!
Im so excited to make your kit kat cake. I wanted to surprise my 12 yr old niece with a special cake and this is it!!! shes a major choclate lover. thanks, Stacy
Thanks so much for sharing this I’ve seen one with chocolate fingers and wanted to make it for my Niece’s third birthday next week, now I can! X
what a wonderful cake. It looks great and I loved it. I’ll try it as soon as possible.
Will be making this Wednesday..cannot wait!! I am using Reese Pieces instead of M&M’s though…like those better!!
É uma pena o Kit Kat ser caro aqui no Brasil, mas mesmo assim, eu vou testar (:
I’m planning on making this cake for my mother’s birthday, she will be 57 on sunday. I’m sure it will turn out awesome just like yours. Thanks for sharing this recipe & pictures with us.
wow I need one of those 😀
The design was great. I made this for my birthday. It look great when it was done. The cake just seemed below par for recipe girl. I think if she changed it to a homemade recipe instead of adding sour cream to a box mix. That said I am not a sour cream fan. If you are not a huge sour cream I suggest just following the box recipe or your own homemade recipe.
You can certainly use the Kit Kat/M&M concept w/ any cake recipe- not just a boxed cake! Use your favorite homemade layer cake recipe.
Love this idea for a quick and easy but GREAt looking cake!!
–Would this cake recipe work the same if I used a yellow cake mix instead of choclate???
Made this for my 5 year old (twin) nephews for their birthday party, and it was a hit! Used mini M & M’s instead, everyone loved it! Thanks!
Awesome cake! And congratzzz!!
Hello! I am also a M & M lover. What a great candy they are. Speaking of great, I love the cake! How cool…is it difficult to cut slices, do the little guys fall all over the place? This combo of M & M’s and Kit Kat is just too awesome not to try. I plan on making ths real soon.
I am having difficulty in sigining up for emails from you…any hints what I amy be doing wrong?
Thanks so much for sharing such a novel idea! ~ Holly
I like to chill the cake and then cut slices from there. Makes it easier to cut! No idea about the emails… where are you clicking to sign up?
Just made this for my twins’ birthday but I decided to make a second cake for those that don’t like chocolate as much and used Twizzlers in place of the Kit Kat and Skittles in place of the M&M’s! My girls were thrilled!
I LOVE IT, I MADE IT WITH SMARTIES INSTEAD OF MM’S BUT IT WAS SO EASY TO MAKE! TY FOR SHARING
Just made this for my son’s birthday, and definitely making it for the school cake sale – thank you so much; I’m a clumsy baker, so having something that looks impressive and is almost impossible to screw up is awesome!
We made this cake for my mom’s birthday this past weekend but slightly differently. We made one round layer and one heart-shaped layer and kept them separate (i.e. served two cakes – each with a thin red ribbon around it). Cutting the Kit-Kat’s in half for each layer and put halved strawberries just around the inside of the Kit-Kat’s and spread the M&M’s around the outside of the cake on the large fancy plate. We made whipping cream to be served with it, but didn’t put it right on the cake. The cake looked terrific. We used dark chocolate Kit-Kat’s and dark chocolate M&M’s. The icing was fabulous. It was a real hit!
Awesome- thanks for sharing what you did with it!
Cake looks awesome 🙂 I’m not familiar with American candy… do you know any gluten free candy i could use instead of kitkats?
I’m not sure… anything that is tall like what is pictured and known to be GF.
I saw this cake on Tumblr!! I was wondering if there was a recipe somewhere! That’s really cool
THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this recipe! I made this today for a friend. Absolutely adorable idea & very fun to make and share!!
I like this cake my mom she make this for my birthday <3 .
I can also see this made with the chocolate hard candy covered eggs for Easter!
Made this for my granddaughters 6th birthday and she loved it, along with all the guests and family! Great cake
How many cups equal 1 lb of sifted powdered sugar?
4 to 4 1/4 cups = 16 ounces of powdered sugar
This cake looks amazingly good! Thanks for sharing the idea…I may just have found this year’s b-day splurge!
I think the cake is wonderful and I know I will enjoy making it and EATING IT!!!!!
Congratulations on the idea I know most people will think it is out of this world
This cake is sooo sexy! I mean not to be informal or anything, haha. But I love to bake &+ I look forward to surprising my family with a cake like this. Thanks for posting how to do it! (:
i am making this today for my sons 30th birthday (the grandkids will love it), but this cake reminds me of easter picture it with the cadbury choc egg mini’s, would make a great easter desert treat!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with everyone. : )
I can’t wait to make this!! The only thing I’m worried about is the ribbon (I’ve always had bad luck with making them!) Any suggestions as to how to get the ribbon to turn out so pretty?
I did mine a little fancier, but all you really need to do is wrap it around and tie a bow.
Cake is GORG ! but just wondering- whereeeee do you get those kitkats from ? how tall is each stick ? ive been looking everywhere for them but i cant find !
They are just regular Kit Kats! Just buy the giant bars of them in the candy aisle so you aren’t paying so much for the individual bars.
I made this cake for my friends 30th birthday…it turned out really well, and everyone was super impressed! It was so easy to make, thanks for the great recipe!
Thanks Lori! I cant wait to make it for my friends birthday tomorrow!
I really want to make this cake but I am having trouble finding Giant Kit Kat bars. Any suggestions?
They are regular-sized Kit Kat bars, but I bought the giant Kit Kat bars in the candy aisle to save money. They are sold in giant form (along w/ Hershey’s etc), but the Kit Kat sticks are the same size… just more kit kat in the package.
I so love your website and you have inspired me and given me such great ideas!!! May God continue to bless you
XO thank you 🙂
Quite impressive. This is the first of those fun candy-cakes that I would still be interested in eating.
How ever in the world did I miss this????!!!! OMG I am beyond excited and happy for you!! This looks a lot like the chocolate cake I make with pirouette cookies and a red bow- this version though is so fun! So, so, happy for you!!
love this! sooo cute!
Congratulations! That is fantastic news and this would be the perfect cake for my 12 year old!
Late to the game – as always – but congratulations and happy belated birthday 🙂
I’ve been making my way through your blog, and love it!! xx
Congratulations on the cookbook!!! Wonderful news!!!!!!!!
This looks sooo delicious! I will be trying this soon!
Hi Lori a couple of weeks ago I made the white wedding cake and asked you if Chocolate cake can be used and came back to see if you had posted an answer to my question and here it is, can’t wait to make this…thank you
Yes, any cake mix! Sorry- I must have missed that originally!!
When I asked my 10 year old daughter today what kind of birthday cake she would like this year, and she said a Kit Kat cake mom! My heart sank since I have never made nor seen a Kit Kat cake before! And how do you do justice to a Kit Kat…the perfect candy bar!? I googled it and came up first with your gorgeous cake image…she was sold! Imagine my delight when I looked up the recipe and realized how simple it would be to make, I was on board too! Thank you for sharing your birthday cake with us! Happy Happy!!
Congrats on the Cookbook deal! So very exciting and I am sure anxiously awaited by all of us! I am a bit of a cookbook junkie. Going by your gorgeous mouthwatering pictures…it will not only be a great cookbook, but also one of those I will look through just to google over!
Best of luck to you!!
Congratulations Lori. This is certainly well deserved. Can’t wait to get a copy. The cake looks amazing, it’s always been on my mind too, ever since I saw it 🙂
Lori, Congratulations!! YAY! I can’t wait to see your book–it’s gonna be gorgeous. And of course, a belated happy birthday!! xo
congradulations on the book news, I have seen this cake before and I always say I will make it one of these days, it looks so good.
Wow, this cake looks so great! I’m planning on making it this weekend for a potluck and putting pictures of it on my blog, do you mind if I reference your site?
Congrats on the book!
Of course! And thank you 🙂
I’m so happy for you Lori! It was only a matter of time : )
On another note, my teen daughter is a chocoholic, she would simply love this cake!!
I’m a bit late, but congratulations! I imagine it must be super difficult for you to not include mostly recipes you’ve already posted, being as you’ve probably posted your very favorite things. Will it be available outside of the U.S.? The cake is lovely! Very pretty. 🙂
Yes, that will be tough. But you wouldn’t believe how many other ideas have been living in my head for a very long time!! I’ll have to find out about outside the US- I would imagine so, but this is all so new to me that I will have to inquire about that! Thank you!
Congratulations on the book! I look forward to buying a copy. 🙂
Happy birthday, congrats on the book, and I want this cake!
How exciting – congrats on your book deal! That cake looks like a great deal of fun – yum!
I love the cake and a huge congratulations to you!!!! Well-deserved, Lori! I can’t wait to see the book now!!!
Congratulations on your book deal! I love your website and recipes. I am definitely going to bake this cake. I cannot imagine the look on my 5 year old’s face when she see’s it.
Congrats!!! That’s so exciting!!! Happy Birthday…what a wonderful birthday present.
What a great recipe….Im always looking for something a bit different, and the kit kat cake is just that.
Well done with the book deal. Please keep us posted as to your progress and I wish you lots of luck.
Wow congratulations! What an achievement. Bet RecipeBoy is super excited too (will he get a section in the book? 🙂
This cake looks epic
Congratulations, Lori, on your book deal! I love the simplicity, creativity, and humor of your blog and can’t wait to get the cookbook. Traditional publishing is a wonderful adventure with amazing people who care deeply about books and readers. Enjoy the journey!! Hugs and happy writing!
What awesome news! Congratulations! I volunteer to recipe test for you as well. How can I pre-order several copies of your book?
As for the cake…..that is so festive! The chocolate buttercream with cream cheese caught my eye. I’ll be giving that a try for sure.
Thanks Joanie, & thanks for following me from CLBB to here 🙂
MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! If you need any recipe testers, I’d be happy to accept that position 😀
Congratulations Lori!! That is so exciting!! Now that is a cookbook I cannot wait to have in my hands! And, Happy Birthday, the cake looks so awesome. You have much to celebrate!!
What a fun cake!! My birthday is today as well but will not have time to make this. Bummer. Would have been fun to take to dinner with us. I will have to make this for one of my kids birthdays. Too cute.
Hope you have an amazing day.
How wonderful!! Can’t wait for the book to come out!!
Happy Birthday! The cake looks SO yummy!!!
Was just checking out what Recipe Girl had cooking and read about your book! So exciting! HUGE congratulations….and happy birthday, too :0)
Hey Keri! Thanks so much!
i’m going to make this cake this weekend! soo excited!
Happy birthday and congrats on the book!
Really cute idea. Kids would love to help make this. And eat it too of course!
I love the idea of kids helping. Like building a little fence around the cake!
Congrats on the cookbook! Love the look of that Kit Kat cake!
Happy birthday and congratulations!! I must now check my son’s candy bag to see if we have the candy to make this.
Thanks- yep, go raid that bag!
Huge congrats and happy birthday! That’s going to be exciting having your own cook book coming out.
And that cake… Too cute!
Thank you, heather!
Yay, Lori! Congratulations on the book (and the birthday!) That cake is gorgeous – imagine how it would look with seasonal M&Ms. Or Cadbury mini eggs for Easter!
Thanks! Oh, I love the idea of using the Cadbury mini eggs!
Happy Birthday and Congratulations! What great news…and a beautiful cake. I have my own obsession with M&Ms…so anytime I can make them/top a cake with them…I’m good to go! =)
Such great news…you deserve it!
Thanks! It’s a good cake for M&M lovers. And Kit Kat lovers too!
Congratulations AND Happy Birthday!! What a great day for you!
Love the cake idea. Totally pinning it right now!
Thanks! Yes, it’s a happy day for sure!
I am sure this will be the first of many cookbooks! Congrats Lori! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY too! 😀
Thanks, Oh Lordy, I cannot imagine writing a 2nd after being completely absorbed in work right now… but you never know, I guess!
That’s fantastic news!! CONGRATULATIONS =) I know your cook book will be stunning and filled with endless amounts of yummy treats.
Hopefully, this cake makes the cut – – can you imagine how crazy this would make kids at a birthday party?!?!
Thanks! I think kids would really love this cake as a bday cake. Though it’s way chocolate overload (maybe small slices for kids!)
Happy Birthday my dear friend – am so happy for you, the book deal and now a huge and beautiful cake! Bet it tastes as good 🙂 Cheers!
Thanks, Kiran! I’d share some w/ you if I could 🙂
Congrats and happy birthday!!! What a fun cake to celebrate with 🙂 I love the rim of kitkats. yum.
Thank you! Kind of fun to celebrate with Kit Kat’s and M&Ms!
Yay, Congratulations!! That HAD to happen one day and sure enough the day is here 🙂 So happy for you!
And that cake is WICKED!
Thank you! I think it’s one of those things that you think, “That will never happen to me,” but thankfully it did! Yep, “wicked” is def the word to describe that cake!
Woot! Nice job Lori, it was only a matter of time for this big announcement. Can’t wait to celebrate it with you. But HOW will you choose from your millions of recipes? Ahhh, what a cross to bear 🙂
Thanks, Heidi! Yeah, it’s tough to choose, but I’ll include the fun and yummy ones 🙂
Congrats Lori!! How exciting! Can’t wait to have your book in my hands!
Thank you!!! Me too!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And uh, CONGRATS on the deal! You have a lot to celebrate today!
I hope you stuck your whole head in that cake.
I just adore you. Thank you 🙂
First of all – Happy Happy Birthday from one Scorpio to another 🙂 Secondly, CONGRATS on the cookbook deal. Wiley is a fabulous publisher and I’m looking forward to reading The Recipe Girl Cookbook when it comes out!
Thanks! Happy birthday month to you too! LOVE Wiley and everyone I’m involved with there. They make things so easy.
LOVE the cake, LOVE you and soooooo excited about your book.
Happy Birthday my friend 🙂 xxoo
Love you too, Marla! And I have no doubt that you will be following with a book soon as well!! Shooting your own photography!!
Happy birthday and a huge congrats to you!
Thank you, Kristen! XO
holy crap I want that cake!!!
Congrats Lori!! I am so happy for you. I bet that entertaining section is going to ROCK, you always put together great menus!!
OH, thank you! I’m very excited about the entertaining menus chapter actually. It’s one of my favorite things to share on my website since I have so many parties with my Gourmet Friends!
Happy Birthday Lori! I am SO excited for your cookbook! I have made so many wonderful desserts from your website and everything has turned out beautifully. And this cake……OMG……I am totally making this. 🙂
Thank you, Kim! Glad you’ve had some great successes!
So glad you have announced the big news! Happy Birthday and I can’t wait to follow your journey!! We’ll have to do some signings together when your book is out!! xoxo
Thank you, my sweet friend! I think we’ll have to schedule a book-signing road trip together. How fun would that be??
Oh, sorry! I pressed “enter” before I finished typing! Happy birthday! Hope it’s a fantastic day!
Thank you so much!
Congratulations on the book! And OMG…that cake will put in a happy chocolate coma…Oh, I will have to make it soon! Thanks for sharing!
Fun cake, Lori! And congratulations on the book deal! So exciting!
Happy Birthday, and congratulations on the book deal! The cake looks like the perfect way to celebrate both 🙂
Thanks, and yes… good reasons to celebrate with a bright and fun cake!
Happy Birthday, Lori!! And biggest congratulations on the cookbook deal. Can’t wait to see it in print!
Thank you!! Me too!
I’ve seen this cake around too – Pinterest, probably! 🙂 Congratulations on the book and Happy Birthday!!
Thanks! Pinterest needs to send you some sort of blue ribbon for participation 🙂
That’s amazing news, Lori! Congratulations! Best of luck with your developing, creating and testing. Can’t wait to see the finished product.
Thanks! It’s lots of fun, aggravating at times and rewarding when things go well 🙂
Congratulations! What an exciting time for you!
Thanks- yes, def exciting!
Congratulations and happy birthday!! That cake just gave me sugar overload in a really good way!
Thanks- and you’ve got that right on the sugar overload part for sure!
I’ve seen this floating around the web too. It’s a fun idea! And, congratulations, miss Lori! Can’t wait to get your cookbook in my hands!
Thanks, Lauren! I’m happy to know you through this world of blogging & Twitter. We’ll meet one of these days, I’m sure!
How awesome Lori! You can’t ask for much better of a birthday gift than a book deal! Congratulations and wishing you much success and of course Happy Birthday as well!!! I’ll look forward to adding your cookbook to my collection!
Thank you so much, Renee! I figured my birthday would be a fun day to share the news!
congratulations!! 🙂 love the cake – I’ve seen that somewhere too, but can’t remember where. Its’ a great idea!
Thanks! Yeah, I fell in love with the cake idea. It’s one of those things where you think… “why didn’t I come up with that idea myself??”
Happy Birthday and Congrats on the cookbook deal. I am envious 😀 that is wonderful!
Thanks so much!
Happy Birthday Lori and congratulations not the book! I can’t wait to buy it:) Have a great day!
Thanks! And I’m pretty sure I can score you a free copy 😉
Such a fun cake. Congratulations on the cookbook!
Thanks Barbara… so happy to know you in this world of blogging!
First of all Happy Birthday! Second: That Cake Looks like lots of delicious FUN! Third: Cookbook deal? That is awesome! It is great to see your hard-work rewarded, right? I am happy I found you through Twitter! I am definitely following you now! 🙂
So many things to celebrate! Enjoy your moment!
Thank you, Paloma! What wonderful, warm congratulations 🙂
Woot! Woot!!! What FUN and FABULOUS birthday news!!! Yay, Lori!!!
Thanks! You’re doing a cookie cookbook too, right? We’ll be sure to clink a glass of wine or too on our upcoming TX trip!
Happy Birthday, Lori, and congratulations on the cookbook deal!! Can’t wait to see it!
New to your site but I have tried numerous recipes they don’t always look as good as yours but taste amazing. My kids love the pumpkin cinamon roll pancakes. Can’t wait for the cookbook- CONGRATS
Thank you, Sarah. The cinnamon roll pancakes are the toughest to get looking just right, aren’t they?? Glad they still tasted good!
Congratulations, Lori! I can’t wait to see what recipes you develop to publish. I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic book
Happy Birthday!! And thanks for making *us* a birthday cake on *your* birthday! 🙂 I think I’ll have to make this one for my sweet-toothed younger sister….
My family thought it was funny that I made my own birthday cake, but oh well. Had to share it with my readers 🙂
Congratulations on the cookbook deal! There are tons of bloggers out there who have cookbooks (or have them in the works), even some of my favorites, but yours is the first I’ve come across that I think I would actually consider buying as a supplement to the website. I don’t think a single recipe of yours has ever failed me, either in execution or satisfaction. Yay Lori!
Wow, that’s a really nice compliment!! Thank you so much!
I think I just fainted. That cake…there are no words.
*runs to store to buy Kit Kats and M&M’s*
Congrats on the cookbook deal! I know it’ll be in my kitchen!
Aw, thanks! I made it, and now I’m trying very hard to forget that it’s still in my refrigerator!
Hooray! So happy for you, Lori! And happy birthday too! The cake looks delicious, I saw something similar on Pinterest and it definitely caught my eye too.
Loving this! I keep seeing it on Pinterest… awesome job!
Thanks! I haven’t been on Pinterest in a while, but perhaps that’s where I saw the idea!
This would be a perfect cake for my DH. Loves choc w choc frosting and M&ms are his favorite candy. Will have to tag this for Feb. congrats on cookbook and your birthday.
Thanks! I think most anyone would like this cake. What’s not to like, right?
Great Cake and Happy Birthday, it is my Birthday also, so I just might have to make your cake!
Congrats Lori! So happy for you. Have a great birthday!
Thank you XO
Congrats, Lori!! I had a feeling that this was coming. I mean, you deserve it, have earned it, have amazing recipes…and I know it’s gonna be a bestseller!
Thank you, Averie. I so appreciate you visiting and commenting on my blog, like every single post XO
happy birthday my friend! so glad the cat’s out of the bag… and your hair in that pic?! love!
Thanks sweet friend! Can’t wait until you get a book going yourself! My hair… still needs some work. Next appointment coming up soon!
Congrats!! This is such wonderful news. I can’t wait until your book comes out! This is such a fun birthday cake! I had this bookmarked from another blog for a while now. Sooo yummy!
Thanks! I wanted to make the brightest, prettiest, most fun cake ever. And this one worked for me!
Congrats on your book deal – how exciting!
This cake is so clever. My kids would love it – as a matter of fact I could probably make it for them right now from all of their Halloween candy!
thanks! I suppose it would be great to use up extra Halloween candy if you have a surplus of Kit Kat’s and M&Ms!
What a happy post! Have a wonderful post and many, many, many congratulations on your book deal – I’m sure it’s going to be brilliant!!
Thanks, I hope so!
Congratulations, what fabulous news! Your passion for what you do is so clear on the blog and I am so happy for you. What a perfect cake to celebrate with!
Thank you- yep, I’ve got a bit of passion for all of this. Love every minute of it!!