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Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake

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Last week was Ray’s birthday, he’s the middle child in our family and his birthday falls right after Christmas and is always hard to throw together…especially if you’re me and don’t plan as well as you should!  Every year our family travels to Colorado to visit my sister and her family during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  The problem with this is that we get home, usually, the day or two before his birthday.  I know…tiny violins are playing for me now…I just need to get it together, right?!

Anyway, this year while scrambling to make Ray a cake, I rushed right away to one of my favorite places for inspiration…Pinterest!  I LOVE it!  I went straight to my Sweet Stuff board where I had pinned a Kit Kat Cake that I thought was really cool and decided that it would be perfect for my little man, Ray!  Since he loves ice cream cakes, I decided to break out my Wilton Fanci Fill Cake Pan set and make this Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake!  By the way, if you hadn’t noticed,  I’m totally addicted to Pinterest…here’s a link to my boards.

These pans are really great…they have an indention so that the ice cream can be filled neatly in the center without having to try to cut it out yourself.  Plus you can use these pans to fill cakes with other things like mousse, fruit fillings, cream cheese, or fill the whole thing with two different flavors of ice cream, like this Dreamy Ice Cream Cake.

Follow Me on Pinterest I used a cake mix for this recipe, but you could use your favorite cake recipe instead.  All it takes is enough batter to make a two layer 9-inch cake.

Bake the cake according to recipe instructions, but check it before the listed bake time because the pan has deep indentions and can cause the cake to bake faster.


Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake

Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake


  • 1 cake mix (used: Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • Filling:
  • 2 quarts chocolate ice cream (used: Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate)
  • Toppings:
  • 10 standard size Kit Kat candy bars
  • 2 cups M&Ms


  1. Bake cake according to package directions. Cool, remove from pans, and then freeze for about 1 hour. While cake is freezing, prepare icing.
  2. Place ice cream into refrigerator for 30 minutes to soften. Fill frozen cake layers with ice cream, smoothing it out evenly with spatula. Sandwich layers together with ice cream facing ice cream. Place filled cake on serving platter and freeze for another 2 hours.
  3. Remove from freezer and ice with icing. Break apart Kit Kat bars into single bars and line them around cake, allowing each one to stand above the cake's edge by about 1/4". Fill top with 1 cup M&Ms, then fill bottom with remaining M&Ms. Tie with bow if desired and keep in freezer until ready to serve.
  4. Allow cake to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting to make for easier cutting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (used: Sonoma Syrup Co. “Crush”)
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Using a stand mixer, cream butter until smooth on medium speed. Turn off mixer, remove paddle and bowl, and sift in 3 cups powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl. Replace bowl and paddle onto mixer stand and mix (on low to start) to combine sugar mixture with butter. Once combined, Turn mixer to medium-high. Add vanilla, salt, and cream and beat for about 3 minutes. Adjust frosting consistency with more sugar or cream to reach desired texture.

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Jennifer Locklin is the writer of Jennifer Cooks, a vibrant food blog that features all kinds of recipes from home cooking to foods from around the world. She is passionate about cooking and food photography.


  1. joanna says:

    Oh my gosh! This looks SO amazing!

  2. Kristen says:

    That is one great looking cake! I love the ice cream filling inside, too. I never make pretty cakes, but I think I could actually get this one to work!

  3. Natalie from Cooking for My Kids says:

    Perfect! It looks absolutely beautiful. We made one for Christmas – our annual Happy Birthday, Jesus cake. Mine was not as pretty as yours. I would like to say that it was because I had little hands helping me (which I did). But, the truth has more to do with the fact that cake decorating (even with candy) is not my specialty…yet.

  4. Dorothy from Crazy for Crust says:

    What a great cake! It’s beautiful.

  5. Cara says:

    My husband’s birthday is soon and I’ve been looking for “the Cake” and I think I have found it! He loves ice cream and candy! Great looking cake!

  6. Simple Girl says:

    What a fun cake pan! Cake, Ice Cream and Candy all in one!

  7. beti says:

    this is such a lovely idea! the cake looks delicious and the inside really beautiful

  8. Winnie says:

    What a gorgeous and delicious looking cake!!
    I’ll bet each slice is a great treat!

  9. Oh wow, this is just incredible!! So impressive looking. Ice cream cakes are my favorite!

  10. Samantha says:

    That is amazing!! I’m saving this to my pinterest board right now for my sons birthday – he loves kit kats and ice cream cake :) saw this on TT&J!

  11. Donna from My Tasty Journey says:

    That is just mighty gorgeous! What a great job!!!! :)

  12. Alice says:

    Looks awesome! I made a similar cake about a month ago. Her is a link: http://alice-inwonderland.blogspot.com/2011/12/lots-of-blessings-birthday-cake-and.html.

  13. Misfit says:

    Wow – I found you through The Confessions of a Semi-Domesticated Mama, and I’m so glad I did. This cake looks amazing, and is perfect for the chocolate lover. However, I have a child that does not like chocolate – I know, I know! I can’t believe it’s even possible to NOT like chocolate. Anyway, as an alternative, I can see this cake done with a yellow or butter cake, strawberry ice cream or maybe even a sherbert, Twizzlers and Skittles. I can’t wait to try both versions. Thanks!!

  14. Margo says:

    I have to get me some of those pans, how fun!

  15. those pans are so neat! And I have been seeing this cake, but never filled with ice cream! Great idea.

  16. Sarah says:

    Um…YUM! And it’s beautiful! My boys would LOVE this cake! I’ve pinned it and would love for you to come share at my link party: http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/01/dwell-on-fridays-two.html

    Have a great week!

  17. Mandy says:

    This looks so good! I so want to eat it!
    Following you from the Tasty Tuesday linky.

  18. jewels says:

    WOW! That is amazing! So glad I found your site! I am your newest follower! :)

  19. lamb411 says:

    That is what i’m talking about. What a fabulous looking cake. There are too many delicious things on that cake for one person to handle!

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