The Ultimate Birthday Cake

  • Date September 18, 2013
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You don't need to remind me that my tagline is "making the healthy choice your first choice". However, there are some exceptions. While I do like to try to make after dinner treats that are healthy, I am a FIRM believer that dessert is dessert and you should enjoy it for what it is. Obviously this is a Pinterest inspired cake! With my sister moving and her son's 6th birthday coming up, I offered to make the dessert. This is the ultimate cake! The kids loved it and it was also an amazing rich moist delicious cake from a quick, easy recipe (obviously I wasn't making a cake from scratch!).





The trick to this recipe is to make the cake the night before! It needs to set in the fridge overnight before you decorate it! I also froze my kitkats and reese pieces as it was hot out and I didn't want them all melting as I decorated it!



The cake itself was taken from the Kraft website. With over 500 reviews giving it a 5+ overall rating, I figured you can't go wrong!  The official recipe link is here: "Best-Ever Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake"

I have included the recipe here for the cake as well so you can keep the cake and the decorating instructions together.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate (8 oz)
  • 1 package of chocolate cake mix (2 layer)
  • 1 package of instant jello pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tub cool whip
  • 12 kit kat bars
  • Reese pieces, m&m's, smarties (my bulk purchase was $12 worth)



Directions:

Make the cake:

  • Heat oven to 350'F
  • Chop 1/2 of the chcolate into small chunks
  • Beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water with a mixer till blended
  • Stir in chopped chocolate
  • Pour into 2 (9-inch) round pans sprayed with cooking spray
  • Bake 30-35 min or until tooth pick comes out clean
  • Cool in pans for 10 minutes
  • Loosen cakes from sides and invert onto wire racks
  • Cool cakes completely
  • Store in fridge overnight (covered)


Make the Icing:

  • Microwave chocolate pieces (remaining) until melted, mix in cool whip and microwave again
  • Let sit for 15 min to thicken


Decorate:

  • Check cake heights before icing to make sure kitkats provide at least a one inch overlap. You might have to trim one of the cake pieces
  • Cover cakes with icing (including middle bit)
  • Layer kitkats on outside
  • Use ribbon to secure
  • Fill inner circle with candy!






One happy birthday boy!




2 comments:

Kristy Franzen said...

Is there an age limit to this cake?? I would like to request this for my birthday..

Erinn Pinky said...

I think the adult version would make the following changes.

1. Instead of kitkat bars I picture giant pretzel sticks
2. Instead of chocolate cake mix, perhaps a carrot cake mix
3. Instead of chocolate icing, some sort of delicious vanilla or cream cheese icing
4. Instead of reeses pieces, yogurt covered raisins?

Mmmm. now we have a pretzel, carrot and yogurt style cake. Does that work for you?