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Recipe: Kit Kat Cake, or How to Get Rid of Extra Halloween Candy

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If you've been saddled with the unconscionable burden of having leftover Halloween candy, this recipe is for you.

If you can't imagine how anyone celebrates Halloween without consuming all available candy, this recipe is also for you, though you'll have to go to the grocery store to stock up on some ingredients.

Since the Kit Kat cake debuted on the interwebs a few years ago, there have been many variations. So many, in fact, that entire Pinterest pages are devoted to this spectacular confection.

The basic components of the Kit Kat cake are (shockingly) Kit Kats (broken down into sticks), a single- or double-layer cake, icing, and candy of your choice for adornment. Most early versions of the Kit Kat cake featured a one-story round chocolate cake covered in chocolate frosting, rimmed with vertically stacked regular Kit Kats, and crowned with a layer of M&Ms. Although a thick layer of icing is usually sufficient to adhere the Kit Kat pieces to the circumference of the cake, a festive ribbon may also be used for additional support.

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But, my goodness, don't restrict yourself to those flavors, colors and candies, as the point (and most of the fun) of the Kit Kat cake is in using it as a vehicle for incorporating an obscene amount of candy into a sliceable baked good.

This year I had surplus miniature Heath bars and Reese's pieces, so all three were incorporated into a post-modern candy college atop the cake. To provide some flavor contrast, yellow rather than chocolate cake was used for the base. And because I had a mix of Halloween (orange-colored) and regular Kit Kats, the border took on a striped pattern.

The downside of making a Kit Kat cake just after Halloween, in America, at least? You probably won't be in a position to incorporate lots of funky-flavored (green tea, white peach, bean) Kit Kats available in Asia.

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