Friday, December 11, 2015

M and M Gravity Chocolate Fudge Cake - 52 Holiday Cake and Pies at Home

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The idea for this cake has been popping around the internet and Pinterest for awhile.  But I was never really able to find directions, just photos.

So I thought about it for a bit, what it would take to get the bag held up, how to get the look of the gravity defying cascading M and Ms.

Turns out, this is about as easy as it gets!

There is one tricky part...

The brace in the cake.

If you are not careful to use a little engineering math, the weight of the M and Ms/Dowel/Frosting will gradually force the whole AMAZING part to fall.

I have made this cake a few times now and the braces turn out to be pretty easy.  I have used a dowel rod as the main center.  In the photo shown to the right I used long skewers (like for BBQing).  The real secret is the extra side pieces that form a tri pod to hold the dowel upright and take the pressure of the weight of gravity.

Remember, Gravity - It's not just a good idea, it's the law!

Other than that, the cake is pretty obvious.  I went ahead and used box mix and canned frosting.  Sure I have scratch versions of each but honestly, no one is eating this based on the taste.

Kit Kat brand candy bars line the edge (use the mini size).

Buy 2 cans of frosting, use extra around the sides to "glue" the bars to the cake.

Then use extra frosting to coat the dowel and support pieces so that you can stick the bag and M and Ms on.

And that's it.  Easy Peasy and an AMAZING CROWD PLEASER!


 OK... Here's what I did...

M and M Gravity Chocolate Fudge Cake

  • 1 BOX Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, Baked according to directions on the box, in 2 (8 Inch) Springform pans
  • 2 CANS Chocolate Fudge Icing (No one is eating this because of your scratch recipe skills, use the boxes and cans for ease)
  • 25 to 30 "Kit Kat" Brand Mini bars (the Halloween give away sizeType)
  • A BIG Bag of M and M Brand Candy
  • A one foot long 3/4 inch thick DOWEL ROD
  • a Single Chopstick, broken in half
  • a metal twist tie from a bread wrapper
Cooking Directions
  1. Please refer to the photos in the post for a better guide to get "the Look".
  2. Bake the cake according to the package directions. Use one can of frosting to frost the cake as you would a "normal" 2 layer cake.
  3. Use 1/4th of the second can of frosting to add an extra thick layer of frosting around the sides. This will make it easier to add the Kit Kat bars.
  4. Add the Kit Kat bars, sticking them to the side of the cake, pressing into the frosting. Work for an even appearance, level across the top and uniform looking around the sides.
  5. Now is the only tricky part... Stick the dowel rod into the cake at about a 120 degree angle. A little higher than a right angle 90 degree angle. Press in until the dowel hits bottom.
  6. Close to where the dowel emerges from the cake. insert the two halves of the chopstick so that when combined with the dowel they form a tripod for stability. arrange the leg braces so that you can wrap a bread wrapper metal twist tie around the meeting point of the dowel and braces (again, see photo).
  7. Coat the dowel and leg braces with the remaining frosting.
  8. Open the bag of M and M Brand Candy in such a way that the bag only has a small opening where you can insert the empty bag onto the top of the dowel rod for the appearance of M and M Brand Candy cascading out of the bag.
  9. Press M&Ms into the frosting covering every inch as best you can except the top one inch. Insert the opening of the M and M Brand Candy bag into the top of the dowel, pressing the bag into the frosting to act as a glue.
  10. Pour remaining M and M Brand Candy on top of the cake so it looks like they have come from the bag. Chill until ready to serve. You don't want the frosting on the dowel to weaken.
  11. Serve chilled to the Oooohs and Aaaahs of amazement and... ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


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