Thursday, June 7, 2012
1:38 PM | Posted by Brandy K | | Edit Post
We are well into our first week of summer vacation. All that means for my kids is more time to harass one another. I looked up the word "harass" and it's defined as: to disturb persistently, torment, bother continually, pester, persecute.
Are the dictionary.com folks HIDING IN MY HOUSE?! Holy. Smokes. Accurate definition.
Anyway, my little antagonists called a truce for 37 minutes yesterday afternoon. It was beautiful. They suspended the hostilities between themselves, but decided their toys needed to BATTLE!
It seems that mermaids really like robots, so much so that they are compelled to aggressively attack them until the robots give up and MARRY the mermaids. That's right, beat them down, girls! That's really the best way to start a marriage.
The problem here though, is that the robots already have too many wives, just too many. They simply cannot stand any more wives. (After watching Sister Wives, I can understand how
Anyhoo, the mermaids attack, the robots beat them back with their tiny mechanical arm weapons.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
I just enjoyed the 37 minutes, folks. I'm not here to judge the robots for their polygamy. I'm not here to judge the mermaids, they just want love. I just wanted 37 minutes.
***Disclaimer: Neither of my children watch Sister Wives, that's just me. Neither of my children have ever known anyone with multiple wives, I don't think. ? I have no idea why in the world it occurred to them to fight this particular battle. I can only assume it's my fault, somehow, of course. I did not intervene...mostly because I didn't know where to start, and they were not scratching and spitting at one another. I call that good.***
Would you like to talk about cake now? I know I would!
I got a request recently for a birthday treat for a lovely teacher-lady. She's a big fan of M&M candies and I've had this cake pinned on Pinterest for waaaaay too long. Bingo! I love it when things come together like that. :)
I followed the directions from Recipe Girl's post and the cake came together quickly and easily! It's a real show-stopper of a cake! Make one and pat yourself on the back, I did!
Chocolate M&M Cake
by Brandy's Baking
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Ingredients (2 layer 9" cake)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 6 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 5-6 cups powdered sugar
- 4-6 Tbsp whipping cream
- Three 4.5-ounce regular size Kit Kat Bars (you'll need 36 Kit Kat sticks total)
- One 12.6-ounce bag M&M's
InstructionsMake the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9x2" round cake pans, and then line with waxed paper.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the chocolate, mixing until well incorporated. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk and vanilla, beating after each addition until smooth. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and cool completely on wire racks. (Be sure you remove the waxed paper, it's not tasty.)Make the Frosting:
Cream together the butter and the cocoa powder. Add in vanilla and 4 cups of the powdered sugar, blend well. Add in remaining powdered sugar and cream until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.Assemble the Cake:
Place one cake layer on cake plate/stand and cover the top with frosting. Top with second layer and frost top and sides. Working quickly, separate Kit Kat sticks and stick them onto the sides of the cake, all the way around. Leave a small space (1/4") between the Kit Kats. Tie a ribbon around the cake to keep the Kit Kats secure. Pour the M&Ms on the top of the cake. Refrigerate the cake for several hours, it will be much easier to slice and serve. Of course, please do remove the bow before slicing & serving. :)Helpful Tips:
You can bake whatever flavor cake you want. You don't have to make a chocolate cake. It tastes pretty good with a butter/yellow cake.
Be certain that you use 9" pans. 8" pans will give you cake layers that are too tall. Your cake layers need to be less than about 1 1/2" tall, or they will be too tall for the Kit Kats to act as a fence for the M&Ms.
You need to use the regular (large) size Kit Kat bars. There are some little bars (snack size) that are sold in bags, but those are way too small.
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