I finally made the bucket cake. I had seen this cake numerous times in different posts and on blogs and it looked awesome. And easy. So I thought I'd give it a try for a party some friends were having. It was an end of summer/birthday, basically, the perfect excuse for a cake that looks for a bucket filled with M&Ms.
So I made it and it turned out alright, but in all honesty, it was kind of a pain in the butt. It was a pain to put together and an even bigger pain to cut. Nobody on the blog posts I had read mentioned that it is almost impossible to cut through M&Ms that had been glued into place with icing and then put in a refrigerator for two days. Although it looked great in the end, and numerous people actually attempted to put their hands in it to reach for candy, I am not sure I would do it again for the pure pain-in-the-butt factor...
I will openly admit that I made these cakes from a mix. Duncan Hines and I have had some nice times together, and I didn't see any reason to break that up now.
I also made two cakes with the full intention of taking them to two different parties. I didn't make it to one party and that cake is now in my freezer where it will probably remain for the next six months when I remember it's in there and throw it away.
Here it is in all it's glory, I think it looked better in person. I found the best way to do it was actually to ice the top and shove the M&Ms in first. I started by dumping a bunch on an pressing them in and the used more to fill in the white spots. It might have worked better if I had started with colored icing, maybe brown. Then, breaking the Kit-Kat bars into twos, I spread frosting on the bottom and pressed it to the side of the cake. This also worked better than putting the frosting on the cake and pushing the Kit-Kats on. The frosting dried to fast.
Although I'm not typically a fan, I might even say canned frosting would work well for this. It would have been slimier than what I made and might have held everything in place better. Maybe the chocolate fudge in a can...
Regardless of my personal issues with the cake, it looked fun and tasted sugary-delicious and people enjoyed it in a "diabetic-coma-inducing" kind of way.