Need to entertain the kids this Easter Season? This fun and simple Easter Kit Kat Cake tutorial is the perfect family activity that everyone will love!
This post was originally published March 25, 2013, but has been renovated with updated photos, new techniques, and updated tools to help make the project easier. Affiliate links are used to point you in the right direction to find the supplies that you might not already have on your shelves.
One thing my kids love about holidays is that it brings out my baking side! I love to bake during the holidays and Easter is no exception. Our Favorite Easter Baking surprise actually morphed from an idea that originated from my sister.
She created a super cute cake based on Pigs in mud Kit Kat cake for my nephew for his birthday. Super cute!
So I thought, HEY! That would be a fun starting point for an Easter Kit Kat cake! So I’m going to show you how to pull it off so you can have the most popular Easter Kit Kat cake this Holiday Season!
Now this was our original Design in 2013— (please forgive the horrible photography, this was before I learned anything and was still using a point and click)
This is our current Remake–
Both are super easy to make. So I’ll leave instructions for both each step of the way. They are very slightly different, and you’ll see why as you read along.
Easter Kit Kat Cake Tutorial
To begin you need
- two 8 or 9 inch round cake. I prefer using my Grandmother’s Devil’s Food cake. Super easy recipe and amazing flavor.
- Frosting- Because of all the sweet candy this uses, I opted for a sweet and tart Cream cheese frosting. I used lemon juice in place of the milk. Turns out A-MA-ZING!
- 4-6 King Size Kit Kat Candy bars
- Shredded Coconut
- Wiltons Kelly Green food coloring
- Yellow Ribbon
- Easter candy of choice for decorating.
- Twizzlers Pull & Peel licorice for the handles of the basket.
**UPDATE– This year I didn’t have time to bake the cake from scratch like I almost always do. Kids were sick, and I had a teething baby. So this year I purchased a big 8-inch cake from the grocery store bakery department. That is the first big difference in the remake. If you don’t have time to bake a cake, just grab one from the bakery department.
If you are doing the updated method, skip ahead to KIT KAT BAR step.
But, if you are baking from scratch, Bake your cake and allow to cool completely.
Take one cake and put on a Wilton 10-Inch Cake Circle. You need to ensure that the top of the cake is flat. Simply slice off the top evently to achieve the flat surface. Frost just the top of the first layer. Then very gently place the 2nd cake on top of the first.
Then frost the entire cake. You can use any frosting flavor or a delicious chocolate Ganache recipe. Since the cake will be covered in Kit Kat Candy bars and other Easter Candy, I’m not worried about the frosting color.
But if I wasn’t going to be covering up the frosting with candy decorations, I definitely would have used something different than white. It’s too easy to see the cake crumbs through the white cream cheese frosting.
KIT KAT BAR STEP.
Now we will be placing Kit Kat Bars around the cake. Break the Kit Kats into pieces of 2.
Gently place the Kit Kats around the cake and gently press into the frosting.
If you have trouble with the Kit Kat bars staying put, you can use more frosting on the back.
If you are doing the updated version, and don’t have frosting on hand – I simply grabbed a jar of hazelnut spread (NUTELLA works too) and put a little on the back of the Kit Kat Bar. Either that or maybe even Peanut Butter. Anything that will still taste good with chocolate but is slightly sticky to help it stick in place.
Gently tie the Ribbon around the Kit Kat Bars to keep them in place. If you want you can even tie a bow. I’m horrible at bows. But I tried it just for you!
Original — If you can find them… You can then insert the Twizzlers as Easter Basket handles on each side. Any flavor will do really. But I really like the color of the green. Not to mention that Green Apple candy is a major weakness of mine.
**Updated version – Not a single store in my area currently carries Green Apple Pull n’ Peel Twizzlers. I literally drove to 6 different stores looking JUST for the Green Apple flavor. I’m quite disappointed. I love those! So I opted to skip the basket handles this year. It’s really up to you – basket handles or not, it works either way.
Now we need to color our Coconut. It really it quite simple once you know how to do it. I wanted grass color. But you can use any color you want. Just add some coconut to a ziplock bag. Add in a few drops of food coloring.
Then seal the bag and shake. I used 8 drops of green.
**UPDATE: I wanted a richer color this year, so I used Wilton kelly Green Food Coloring paste instead of the liquid food coloring. The color came out much richer and I needed to use a lot LESS food coloring.
Then sprinkle the colored Coconut across the entire top of the cake until you can no longer see the frosting underneath.
Easter Kit Kat Cake Decorating
Now we are at the final step. The decorating of our Easter Kit Kat cake! Call in the troops! This is the part the kids love the best! Let them help you place the Easter candy on the cake!
In the original version, we used two chocolate covered marshmallow eggs as “rocks”. A chick peep and rabbit peeps the boys picked out. And Jelly Beans and mini Robin Eggs that Jade picked out.
Updated Version: This year, I wanted to surprise the kids with the Kit Kat Cake when they come home. So I decorated it myself. I still used the traditional PEEPs bunny and Chicks. And the marshmallow covered Egg. And of course the Robbins Egg.
If you have trouble getting the PEEPS to stay upright, again just use from frosting or hazelnut spread to keep them to stand up.
No matter which version you decide to create, it turns out quite well. It is a lot of fun to create and the kids loved it. Not to mention, just think about what a great conversation started this will be if this is on your Easter Dinner Table for dessert!
But let me tell you, it is RICH! You definitely don’t need a big slice of this! When you are ready to eat it, just untie the ribbon and cut between the Kit Kat bars. You only need a small slice.
It is best served with ice cream.
And it is even better when you share with neighbors so you don’t have the entire cake left over in your house taunting you!
Yeah, my neighbors may love me at first, but I am a huge hindrance to anyone’s weight loss goals when I start baking. I just have to share! Ha-ha! But the teenaged boys in those homes truly love us as neighbors!
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How would you decorate your Easter Kit Kat Cake?