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Easy M&M Cake

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Easy M&M Cake

So simple, you children can decorate the top of this Easy M&M Cake for any occasion.

Be sure to use full size Kit Kats instead of the snack size.  The snack size is not tall enough to cover the sides of he M&Ms cake.  Took approximately 12 packages of Kit Kats to surround the entire cake, cut into 2-bar segments.  You can tie a pretty ribbon around the entire cake to decorate and to ensure the Kit Kats don’t move.

Fill the top with M&Ms.  Reserve about 3/4 cup of frosting to dot around the base of the cake.  Dot frosting all around the ridges of the cake & top each dot with an M&M.

May store at room temperature for 24 hours.  If refrigerated (not recommended), let set till room temperature for several hours.  Buttercream frosting tends to become dry/firmer when cold.  Moist & delicious at room temperature.

Don’t know if this works, one cook suggested after removing cake from oven to lightly dampen a clean cotton towel or cheesecloth.  Lay over the entire top of cake.  Start in the middle of the cake & lightly smooth out towards the edges.  Supposedly it smooths out any lumps in the middle of the cake instead of having to cut off the top of the cake to get a smoother surface.

Easy M&M Cake

Original Go To Vanilla Layer Cake

Serves: 14

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter — softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs — room temp
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease and lightly flour three 9×2 inch round cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper.  NOTE: Easy M&M cake baked with two 8-inch layers.  Dome formed on top sawed off to make the cakes perfectly flat on top. (Tip: Sandwich leftover frosting between the 2 cake domes to make an 8-inch whoopie pie for dessert).
  3. In mixing bowl, using medium speed of electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Mix the milk and vanilla together -do not add just yet.
  6. Combine both of the flours and add in two parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla mixture, beating well after each addition. *Do not overbeat, if you do, the cake will not be light and fluffy.
  7. Divide the batter among the prepared pans.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  9. Let cake cool in pans for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
  11. When cake has cooled, ice between layers, then ice top and sides of cake.
  12. If you’re making cupcakes, line 2 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers. Spoon the batter into the cups about 3/4 full. Bake until tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20-22 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and cool completely.

Adapted from Buttercup Bakeshop Cookbook.

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Author: Savory Sweet Life
Makes: 2.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or ½ pound), softened (but not melted!) Ideal texture should be like ice cream.
  • 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

Note: For Easy M&M Cake, use 5 to 5 1/2 cups of powdered sugar & don’t sift per Heather Sheire/livinthepielife.com.  Used a pretty red ribbon to tie around the ouside the outside of the cake to sure the Kit Kats in place.

Instructions
  1. Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed.
  2. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter.
  3. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes.
  4. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar.
  5. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.

Special Thanks To LivinThePieLife For Recipe Posting & Image Screenshots.

Piping Butttercream Flowers

Photo Screenshot: PBS Parents

Watch This Great Video On Piping Beautiful Frosting Flowers Using The Classic Vanilla Buttercream Icing From Above On Cupcakes.

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