Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pretzel M&M Cake






It's pretty clear why Pinterest has quickly become my new favorite site. It's a watering hole for creative minds, with inspirational photos ranging from food and drinks, to weddings, fashion and great reads. Pinterest lets users create virtual pinboards to organize and share unique ideas which they find on the web. Browsing pinboards lets you find users with common interests, enabling you to connect with users all over the world.

Last week, I came across this fun and creative cake idea originally pinned by Plaidpoppy onto Kid food. Anytime you combine candy and cake together, it is sure to result in yummy goodness! The idea was so cute, I couldn't wait to try my own version of it! With a few minor adaptions, my attempt was a success and a piece of cake to make!

For the Cake:

I took the easy way out this time and resorted to using a box mix. You can adapt this by using any of your favorite cake recipes, but I opted for the Pillsbury Funfetti mix to compliment the color of the M&Ms.

Follow the directions on the back of the box and pour the mixture into two 8 inch round pans. Bake according to directions and let cool completely. Place cakes in the freezer for one to two hours to make frosting easier. While cakes are in the freezer, start making the chocolate covered pretzels. The original version of this cake uses KitKat bars instead of chocolate covered pretzels. However, I was working on a budget and found the KitKat bars to be quite costly.
I used the Utz Country Rod Pretzels and they were the perfect size! Dip the top half into melted chocolate and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper. It took about 42 pretzels to completely encircle the cake. Place chocolate covered pretzels in the freezer for 30 minutes or until chocolate has completely hardened.

Frost the cake with your favorite icing recipe. I used a simple buttercream. Next, Place the chocolate covered pretzels along the outside of the cake, gently pushing into the frosting to secure. Using a colorful or satin ribbon, tie a bow around the outside of the cake. This will help hold the pretzels or KitKat bars in place. Fill the top of the cake with Pretzel M&Ms (about 1 large bag). To show off the beauty of this cake, I recommend placing on a crystal or clear cake stand for presentation. I used my Kate Spade Larabee Dot cake plate, perched on top a colorful crystal bowl.

This cuteness of this cake is sure to please your guests, while the sweet and crunchy flavor will melt in their mouth.



1 comment:

Rachel Page said...

This is definitely THE chocolate cake for kids!

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