Birthday Cake

Yes it's been a very long blog hiatus. In fact, January had ZERO posts! Sometimes, it turns out, life is too busy for blogging.

Since my last post:

1. I've worked crazy hours preparing for a huge event at work (which is now DONE!)

2. Holidays have come and gone: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, MLK Jr. Day, Australia Day, and my half-birthday (everyone else celebrated that, right?)

3. I became an AUNT!

4. My boyfriend turned 26.

Enter a birthday cake!

Much to my surprise, Nate requested chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. He's not nearly the chocolate nut that I am, so I expected a more vanilla-centric request. (He did, however, specify that he did NOT want it to be fancy dark chocolate.)

My favorite chocolate cake is Silver Palate's Decadent Chocolate Cake, but I was afraid this might be too dense and chocolatey for Nate's taste. So after some online research, I settled on using Sandy's Chocolate Cake. I wasn't sure about her frosting (included with the cake recipe), so I went with this chocolate buttercream recipe from the blog Savory Sweet Life.

Since two layers of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting really isn't enough dessert, I decided to take it to the next level. I'd seen some photos of a Kit Kat/M&M cake online, which seemed like an easy and fun way to glitz up the cake.

Bring on some Kit Kat. I used two layers of cake (the recipe called for three - instead of scaling everything down I just made an extra layer), one batch of the frosting, four extra-jumbo Kit Kat bars (each one had 12 sticks), and a party bag of M&Ms.

I simply frosted my cake, pressed Kit Kat sticks around the entire edge, and filled the top in with M&Ms!

Oh, yeah. And I tied a ribbon around it. I like ribbon.

Isn't it pretty?

More importantly (to some), it tastes amazing! Moist and chocolately but still light and fluffy, the cake also stayed fresh for days. And the frosting. Man oh man. I'm not a frosting fan but this basically tasted like chocolate mousse.

If you're looking for a delicious cake with a relatively easy wow factor, give this a go. Just cut small pieces.

Savory Sweet Life's Chocolate Buttercream
Sandy's Chocolate Cake


  1. I think it's a bit sweet for my taste. But it sure looks great. Did you separate the individual Kit-Kats to fit to the curve, or warm them up a bit and bend the group?

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Molly! You should make it should an excuse arise. :)

  3. Everyone has asked me about the Kit Kat application process! I separated all the Kit Kat sticks, but I applied them to the cake in the exact order I broke them apart - so they fit together perfectly and looked smooth.

  4. Thanks so much for the great idea! I made this for my boyfriend's 26th birthday today (with yellow cake!) and he loved it! Your tip about the Kit Kats was very helpful. Thanks again!

    1. I'm glad plenty of 26-year-olds are experiencing this cake! :) Yellow cake sounds delicious - I probably would've made it with that had my bf not requested chocolate on chocolate.

      Thanks for visiting!

  5. Haha I'm making a square version of this cake for a colleague and I just was browsing around trying to find kit kat numbers per cake and I noticed you used the same buttercream recipe I found and was going to use too haha high five!

  6. Very nice and fun !! Thanks for this recipe !!

  7. Wow, that's the coolest birthday chocolate cake I've seen recently. It is super easy too. My mom is going to turn 50 years old and I would surely be hosting the grand party at one of the NYC venues and this cake will definitely be the part of the bash. Thanks for the step by step tutorial my friend!


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