Have a Break, Have a Kit Kat Cake!

Who doesn’t love the good ol’ Kit Kat? Dating back to 1935, this milk chocolate wafer and its familiar red packaging has won the hearts of many! Since the rise of its popularity, these Nestle bars have evolved into countless variations of flavours, with Japan taking credit for the majority!ย If you haven’t tried some of those exotic flavours, you’re definitely missing out!

Japanese Kit Kat Flavours

It was Brad’s birthday, and what better cake to make him than one with his favourite Kit Kat bars!

Have a Break, Have a Kit Kat Cake!

First of all, I have to confess that I’m a fan of cake mixes especially when they are on sale for $1! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

INGREDIENTS

This recipe can be made for either 24 medium cupcakes or 1 cake. Or you could do what I did, which was to make 3 cupcakes and 1 cake!

Batter:

  • 1 Duncan Hines Swiss Chocolate Mix
  • 1 1/8 cup milk
  • 1/ 8 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs

Frosting: adapted from The New Southern Cook by John Martin Taylor
I found the quantity of this to be too generous. a quarter of it would suffice!

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder (I added)
  • 1 1/4 cup grated coconut (I replaced with 1 cup pureed banana, just because banana + chocolate = heaven)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (I replaced with 4 Kit Kat fingers)

Decoration: (for cake)

  • 22 mini Kit Kats / 44 Kit Kat fingers
  • 2 tbsp graham cracker
  • 1 medium banana

Decoration: (for cupcakes)

  • 10 mini Kit Kats / 20 Kit Kat fingers
I am submittingย my post toย Aspiring Bakers #13:ย Enjoy Cupcakes!ย (November 2011)ย hosted by Min of Min’s Blog.

Kit Kat Cupcakes

Prepare the batter as the directions on the box indicates. For a cake, divide the batter into 2 round 8-inch pans and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. For cupcakes, divide the batter into 24 cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in the middle.

Meanwhile make the frosting. Mash 1 cup of bananas (about 3) until they become puree. In a saucepan, combine the cream, sugar, egg yolks and butter. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until the mixture turns thick, for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Fold in banana puree. Let cool completely.

For the cupcakes, i stuck half a Kit Kat on the top and topped it with the frosting and some crushed Kit Kat.

Kit Kat Cupcakes!

As for the “cake”, frost between both cakes and on the sides but I added 4 crushed Kit Kat fingers only in between the two cakes. I then topped it with graham crumbs and sliced banana with a little bit of frosting.

Kit Kat Cake with Bananas

If you asked me, I definitely preferred the cupcakes over the cake! I loved that the Kit Kat fingers were crushed and that I could savour them together with the flavour of the cake! However, with the barrel of Kit Kat fingers around the cake, it felt like Kit Kat overload!!! It’s still one of my favourite chocolate wafers though..

I took Brad to Zachary’s on Robson for his birthday too! I got a coupon for 50% off ($25 for $50 worth of food) and Brad was craving lobster! Can’t pass off lobster and steak for $13 now, can we? Here’s a short food review on the place

For the appetizer we shared a plate of Calamari for $7.95

Calamari with tzatziki sauce

I personally did not enjoy this very much. Although I usually favour simplicity in most dishes, I found this a tad too bland. It didn’t have much flavour in it.

Brad obviously tried to satisfy his intense craving for lobster, thus he got the Steak and Lobster Special for $24.95

Steak and Lobster Special

He opted for mash potatoes instead of jasmine rice. I loved the mash potatoes! It melted in my mouth and I immediately regretted my decision on the jasmine rice option. Unfortunately, I felt that the mash potatoes was my favourite part in his dish. That’s quite a shame because both the lobster and the steak did not stand out at all.

BB eating his steak and lobster

Braised Lamb Shank with a rosemary garlic demi

This was my dish $15.95. The lamb was very tender and delicious! Brad who’s not a lamb fan, also enjoyed it! I don’t know what went through my head when i opted for the rice option because mash potatoes would have gone so much better with it!

Oh yes, I did cut my hair too. It used to be touching my belly button but I chopped it off into a bob! And no, I do not miss my long hair at all.

The final bill including tax came up to about $54 but since I bought the $25 coupon for $50, I only had to pay the remaining $4 and add on tips. Wasn’t too bad at all!

Would I come back here though? Maybe…. There are a lot of awesome restaurants on Robson that I’ve been wanting to try out too though.

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After dinner we went back to Brad’s place for cake!!

SPARKLERS!

My sillyface cutting his cake! โค you

Slice of Kit Kat Cake

Brad said he enjoyed the cake! But he thought it tasted better the day after when it was sitting in the fridge for a while!

Kobo!!

Happy Birthday BB!! Hope you liked your Kobo. hohoho…

New CAD$100 bills!

Oh yes, totally random, but we just got new bills for our Canadian dollar! Honestly when I first saw it, I immediately was reminded of the new Singaporean bills which felt like plastic as well. To me, the CAD felt like a total rip-off from the SGD! ๐Ÿ˜›

Can’t really go wrong when there’s KIT KAT!!!

Laters!

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