Friday, July 15, 2011

the coolest cake ever!

For the past few weeks, I've been traveling through Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma visiting family.  We ended our visit on Route 66 in Oklahoma, visiting Cookie Bandit's family.  While there, I talked my mother-in-law into making a cake that I've been wanting to make for quite some time.  It's an M&Ms Barrel Cake!

Cookie Bandit and his family are the biggest M&M lovers in the world, so this cake was perfect.  They love M&Ms so much, that his parents actually made us a special cookbook when we got married.  I just had to show it to you...

Sounds intriguing, right?  Here are the "recipes"!

Haha!  I love that cookbook and use it often.  So, of course, I had to insist on making the M&Ms cake for our big family birthday celebration.  I first saw this cake on Mommy Topics.  What I love about it is that you can use any cake and frosting recipe that you want to...the secret is in the decorating.

We made a two-layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for filling.  We covered the outside with chocolate frosting and then proceeded to make our barrel out of Kit-Kats.  I don't suggest trying to construct the cake by yourself...the Kit-Kats kept falling off while I was trying to put it together, so my father-in-law came to the rescue.

Once we got all of the Kit-Kats in place, we tied a ribbon around the cake to hold them in.

Then, we filled the top with two medium bags of M&Ms!

The cake was a huge hit...especially with this little guy. :)

This is the perfect way to dress up any cake for a special occasion, and it requires no cake decorating skills!  Hope you love it as much as we did!


  1. I totally am in love with this clever cake!!

  2. I can't wait for the next birthday to make this cake. We love our M&M's also! That cookbook has put a huge grin on my face. I'm gonna steal that idea as well. I'm glad you had such a nice trip and made it back home safe and sound. Blessings!

  3. I had to share this with my facebook friends. :)

  4. Love the cookbook and the cake!!

  5. Our three ten year olds and I, are having a hard time not drooling over this one!! We plan to make this as soon as possible. No celebration necessary! :o)

  6. how absolutely wonderful! I have a granddaughter with a birthday coming fast, I think we will have to have one of these for her birthday at Grandma Deb's house!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. That is so neat. Seems like you have some awesome in-laws (:

  8. that has got to be the funnest cake every...and those kit-kat bars make great barrel staves :) :) Yummy :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  9. LOVE THIS POST!!! LOL I've got to pass this on! :-)

  10. OH my goodness. Chocolate overload.. if there is such a thing. You go girl!!

    Love that cookbook too!!

  11. I love that cookbook!! I would use it all the time!

    Great cake, I can so imagine that it was a hit. So when you untied it, did it come apart or did they eventually "glue" themselves to the frosting? Was it a mess when you cut into it? Doesn't matter, I'll make it anyways!

  12. Thanks! Actually, they did "glue" themselves to the frosting by the time we ate it. For the most part, it actually stayed together!


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