I guess that you all know this one; I love planning birthday parties! It gives me a wonderful opportunity to spoil the birthday boy/girl and make him/her feel special on that special day. It makes me happy to see the surprised look on their face when I bring them a birthday gift, or more commonly, a birthday cake. It is so much easier to bake a cake that to hunt for a fitting present and you almost always have time to do it from the minute you spot their birthday alert on facebook.

It comes as no surprise that I have elaborate plans for my own birthday and always end up baking my own cake. This year I cheated a bit and chose to ‘show off’ with the famous Kit Kat cake. The ideal cake to bring to children’s parties, it can be assembled by anyone with novice cake decorating skills, like me. Hide all the fugly bits of cake with chocolate buttercream, do not even bother to smooth it out too much. Stick Kit Kat bars all around and fill the top of this tower-like structure with tons of colourful M&Ms and for the final touch, tie the whole thing with a pretty ribbon. And there, you have a birthday cake all dressed to impress!



For the Chocolate Cake

One 500 g box of chocolate cake mix

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated white sugar

3/4 tsp table salt

1 1/3 cups water

2 tbs vegetable or canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream or yogurt

4 large eggs, room temperature

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature

100 g cream cheese, at room temperature

500 g powdered sugar, sifted

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

For the Decor

Three 125 g Giant Kit Kat Bars or 36 Kit Kat sticks

One 350 g bag of M&M’s


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans and line a cupcake pan with 6 liners.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Beat with hand mixer for 2 minutes, or until well blended. Scoop the batter into 6 cupcake liners 3/4-full.

  • Divide the remaining batter into the prepared round pans. Bake the cupcakes for about 25 minutes.
  • Bake the cake rounds about 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan 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 plate and tuck waxed paper underneath.
  • For the frosting, 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.

  • Slowly add milk and vanilla, beating until smooth. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave at medium for 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. 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.

Happy Birthday To Me!