Autumn Kit Kat Layer Cake (W/ Reeses Pieces)

"I found this super simple, but fantastic looking, recipe when I was looking for an idea for a cake to make for a cake walk at the carnival at my daughter's school. Everyone oohed and ahhed over it and a picture of it was on the cover of the school newsletter that month. It is insanely easy but I promise that you will have everyone asking for your recipe! You can also change the theme of the cake by substituting seasonal M&M's on top."
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  • CAKE

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box duncan hines devil's food cake mix
  • 1 13 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 12 cup canola oil
  • 1 (1 1/2 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix (the small box)

  • 1 (16 ounce) container white frosting
  • 34 cup peanut butter

  • 12 (1 1/2 ounce) Kit Kat bars (not snack size)
  • 1 (1 lb) bag Reese's pieces
  • autumn themed ribbon


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • To make the cake:

  • In a large bowl, combine the Duncan Hine's cake mix, milk, eggs, canola oil and chocolate pudding mix . Mix until everything is moist and then mix on Medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Divide cake mix evenly between two 9" greased round cake pans.
  • Bake for 28-31 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes then remove cakes and cool completely on wire rack.
  • To make the icing:

  • Spoon vanilla icing into a bowl and add peanut butter. Mix with hand mixer until combined. Add more peanut butter, to taste.
  • To assemble the cake:

  • Place one cake on whatever plate you are using to serve it and icing like normal, adding some extra on the top.
  • Place the second cake on top of the first cake. Icing the second cake to create a layer cake. It does not have to look pretty -- you won't see it anyway.
  • Break Kit Kats in half so that 2 bars are still stuck together. You will use between 10 and 12 (4 packs) of Kit Kats depending on the size of your cake.
  • Spread some icing on the back of each Kit Kat section and begin placing them around the cake (vertically and right next to each other). It will begin to resemble a fence going around the cake.
  • When you've gone the whole way around, tie the Autumn themed ribbon around the cake to keep the Kit Kats in place.
  • Fill the top of the cake with Reese's Pieces (you will probably use a whole bag).
  • Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately.
  • You can also use different cake and icing combinations or top it with seasonal or regular M&M's to fit any occasion. Coordinate ribbon to match!

Questions & Replies

  1. could you use angel food cake instead of devils food cake cake cause my family are more like angels!!!! still awsome


  1. Never thought I will be able to make such a fun cake by myself but I did - needless to say kids had a blast!


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