I made this Gravity Defying M&M’s Kit Kat Cake for my eldest daughter’s 9th birthday. I usually make fondant cakes for my kids’ birthdays, but this year I decided to go for something “easier”. I have recently undergone surgery, so I did not have a lot of time for “planning” this cake. Besides, my daughter is 9 and she did not want to have the usual Disney or cartoon cake. I have seen a few M&M’s Kit Kat Cakes on the web before, but I wanted to add a little wow factor to it. My daughter saw this Gravity Defying M&M Candy Cake on YouTube and I thought I could use the same idea for a simpler cake. I used my Eggless Chocolate Cake recipe for this and it worked really well. This cake is really easy to make and it is very forgiving. You don’t need to be a cake decorating expert to make it! And the best part is that it looks spectacular! In fact, when we took it to the party venue everyone was impressed… and the kids LOVED it! It was really fun to see their expressions! Besides, who doesn’t like M&M’s and Kit Kat?? Are you ready to learn how to make this Gravity Defying M&M’s Kit Kat Cake? Let’s start!
Gravity Defying M&M’s Kit Kat Cake
Gravity Defying M&M’s Kit Kat Cake - a very easy cake decorating idea with the wow factor!
- 2 Eggless Chocolate Cakes baked in 1x23 cm – 9 inch tins – click here for the recipe
- Chocolate Icing
- Simple syrup made with 2 tbsp caster sugar and 2 tbsp warm water
- Chocolate melted
- Kit Kat
- 2 straws or a balloon stick
- Empty M&M’s packet
Start by baking the cakes. I made 2 Eggless Chocolate Cakes and froze them.
The day before the party I assembled the cake. I made some chocolate icing for the crumb coating (you can use your favourite icing recipe, just make sure that it is a little less dense as it needs to be smooth and you should be able to apply it easily).
I took the cakes out of the freezer and leveled them while still half frozen with a sharp serrated knife.
I brushed the tops with the simple syrup. This will keep your cake moist.
I put a layer of icing on the the rough side of one of the cakes and topped it with the other cake. Make sure to choose the smoothest and flattest of the cake surfaces for the cake top (it is very likely going to be the bottom of one of the cakes), this will make it easier to ice and decorate the cake.
Now you are ready to crumb coat it. You can do this while the cakes are still frozen and it is much easier this way. Start from the top, then do the sides. Use a cake spatula to make sure the surface of the cake is as smooth as possible. When the cake is all covered in icing, put it in the fridge to harden.
When the icing has dried, make a hole in the middle of the cake. Use a skewer and make sure that the hole goes all the way through the 2 cakes and make it just large enough to fit the straws/balloon stick.
Put some melted chocolate in the middle of a cake board and top it with some fondant. Stick the straws/balloon stick to it and let the chocolate harden.
Transfer the cake onto the cake board, making sure to fit it through the straws/balloon stick. Also, make sure the balloon stick is tall enough to show above the cake top.
Using a sharp knife, cut the Kit Kat by two’s.
Apply another thin coating of fresh chocolate icing to the side of the cake and stick the Kit Kat pieces to it.
Top the cake with M&M’s. Apply some melted chocolate to the visible part of the balloon stick and attach some M&M’s to it. I suggest you do it slowly and let the chocolate harden so that the M&M’s stick before proceeding with the other layer.
Top the balloon stick with an empty packet of M&M’s to make it look as if M&M’s were falling from it (fill it with some cotton buds to make it look “half full”). You can secure it with some melted chocolate.
Use a ribbon to secure the Kit Kat around the cake and serve it.
You can use your favourite cake as the base for this recipe. I used my Eggless Chocolate Cake recipe because one of my daughter’s friends does not eat eggs and because it is not too sweet. Keep in mind that you will add chocolate frosting, M&M’s and Kit Kat to it… so don’t use a very sweet cake as the base.