M&M Kit Kat Cake {Appreciation Post}

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HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY, MATT!!!!!

Surprise 30th Birthday Party

Above photo from his surprise party this past Saturday night

A couple of weeks ago, Amanda over at i am baker suggested a day where bloggers write a significant other appreciation post.  Since she happened to pick Matt’s birthday, I figured it was the perfect excuse to participate.  Scroll down for some fun Q&A with my husband.

MandM Kit Kat Cake - quite the showstopper and easier than you would think!

To Matt- Whew, 30.  It seems like just yesterday we were meeting for the first time.  Me at the ripe old age of 19, you at the much older age of 20.  I remember the first time we met, thinking you were so cute.  Then the second time we met, when you didn’t remember me.  I tried to be cool and pretend like I didn’t remember you either.  I tried not to like you.  We all see how that worked out.

I’d like to say that I can’t believe we made it here, as real (or almost real) live adults.  But that would be a lie.  I knew from the start that I wanted to be with someone like you long-term.  I just didn’t know I’d be lucky enough to end up with you. 

This past Saturday night we celebrated your birthday.  You, me, your closest friends, and most of our family.  It made me happy to see you so happy.  I hope that party showed you in some small way how much I appreciate you. 

So let’s celebrate YOU today.  We might not have any cake left, but I think this post and a fancy dinner will do.

MandM Kit Kat Cake - quite the showstopper and easier than you would think!

I took Amanda’s questions and did a little face-to-face interview with Matt.  Here is what went down.

Lauren: What is my favorite blog called?

Matt:  Young Married Chic or Bakerella or the one you get the swiss meringue buttercream from (Sweetapolita).  I don’t even think you have a favorite blog, fyi.  Note from L – I probably don’t have a favorite blog but it was impressive that he at least remembered two names of other blogs!

L: What is my favorite prop?

M: Prop? For what?

L: Photography

M:  The coffee table.  It’s the background to every picture you take.  Note from L- should I take that as a hint?

L: What is the weirdest thing you have seen me do for a blog post?

M:  Weird?

L: If you could have your own blog what would you call it?

M: I had a blog for about four weeks.  I wasn’t that enthusiastic about it.  I really enjoyed the act of eating, more than waiting to eat while taking a picture of the food. The blog  was called Matt Eats Food.

L: What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies?

M:  I’m a numbers guy and I like to play golf every chance I get.

L: Who does the dishes?

M: How do you define “doing the dishes”?  If it is actually emptying the dishwasher, then it’s Lauren, but if you define it as actually putting things away after they’ve been emptied from the dishwasher, then it is me.  Note from L- some things need to dry before putting them away, just saying. 

L: What is your favorite recipe from my blog?

M: I liked the Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes, the Meyer Lemon Shortbread Bars, and the Blueberry Pretzel Clusters.   I also liked the Blueberry Blintz Cake, Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes and the Salted Caramel Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bars.  Note from L- I gave him some help with the titles.

L: What do you wish I would post about?

M: Steak, garlic mashed potatoes, chicken parm, and your top ten favorite golf courses.

L: Anything else you want to tell my blog readers?

M: I’m really impressed with how many close friends you’ve made through blogging and how nice so many of the people out there are.  That being said, there are some real crazy ones, too.

MandM Kit Kat Cake - quite the showstopper and easier than you would think!

Finally, the cake.  I first saw the M&M Kit Kat Cake on Lori’s blog a couple of years ago.  M&Ms and Kit Kats just happen to be Matt’s favorite candies (Crunch bars and then Twix being next in line), so I knew that it would be the perfect thing for a special occasion.  Saving this cake for his surprise party seemed to be the right choice because guests were oohing and ahhhing at it like crazy.  Little did they know the cake was extremely easy to put together.  I used one of my favorite yellow cake recipes (double the cupcake recipe and bake in 9-inch round cake pans) and Sweetapolita’s perfect whipped chocolate buttercream (you can halve the chocolate frosting ingredients).  The result was a show-stopping cake that tasted pretty amazing.  I can’t tell you how many people asked if I really made that cake (Maybe my friends forget what I do for a living).

Want to see some of the other significant other appreciation posts?

And don’t you worry, more surprise party details coming soon!

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81 Responses to “M&M Kit Kat Cake {Appreciation Post}”

  1. Amanda September 12, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    So fun! Love getting to know your hubby better… he seems like a great guy! And I second his ideas for what he wants to see more of on the blog! ;)

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      Haha gotta love a man who wants meat and golf on a dessert blog:-)

  2. Amy @Very Culinary September 12, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    How perfect that this round-up fell on his birthday! So cute. We didn’t answer any questions we were supposed to. I hope I don’t get blacklisted. Lol.

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      Right? How could I not participate?!

  3. DessertForTwo September 12, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Awww this is so sweet :)

    I love the idea of an appreciation post.

    Matt is lucky :)

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      Haha thanks, Christina! Usually I feel like I am lucky:-)

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 12, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    I can’t get over that amazing cake!!!! Seriously that is incredible!!

  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 12, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    bahahaaa I love your interview with Matt-so funny! And also so sweet :) This cake looks delicious too, btw-what a lucky birthday boy!

    (here’s hoping I’m not one of the crazies :P)

  6. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me September 12, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Sweet interview! And fun that this landed on his birthday! Your husband gets a sticker for helping with the dishes. Or an extra slice of cake.

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks, Heather! Trust me, he got plenty of cake:-)

  7. Shanna@ pineapple and coconut September 12, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    I love that he wants you to write about his top ten favorite golf courses. ha ha!! Love the post and cake and happy birthday to your hubby!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:53 am #

      Thanks, Shanna! I imagine if I wrote that post I’d get crickets on the blog;-)

  8. Betsy @JavaCupcake September 12, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Happy Birthday, Matty!! GREAT Cake! :)

  9. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious September 12, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I’m the world’s worst wide… the only thing Shawn asked me to get for his birthday was a kit kat cake… and I *knew* there was something he asked for but I couldn’t remember what the heck it was!

    We have the same dishwasher issue… it usually gets unloaded onto the dining room table. The china cabinet is all of 5 feet away, but they never seem to make it inside.

  10. Stef September 12, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Happy Birthday Matt! And, if you’ve got a great coffee table – I say use it! :)

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks, Stef! Right? If he could make me a background like the other husbands I would have something else I could use… just saying!

  11. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats September 12, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    LOVE the dishwasher question :) Crack me up! This cake looks amazing!

  12. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 12, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I love the cake, I wish my husband liked chocolate candy, because I would make it in a heartbeat! Happy Birthday to Matt! What a great post for him today.

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Thanks, Erin! I almost wish I didn’t like chocolate candy:-)

  13. Rachel Cooks September 12, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    So cute! Loved this :)

  14. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 12, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Ha! Your exchange went like ours. :) Love the cake!

  15. Nikki @Seeded at the Table September 12, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Amazing cake! I’m cracking up while your hubs was talking about having his own blog for 4 weeks…but he likes the act of eating more than photographing his food! haha!!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks, Nikki! He read the other posts and couldn’t believe that people would wait for photos to eat dinner. I told him how lucky he is that this is primarily a dessert blog:-)

  16. Kate@Diethood September 12, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    SO SWEET!!! Happy Birthday, Matt!

  17. Sues September 12, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    This cake is glorious!! Matt sounds like a fabulous husband :)

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks, Sues! He is:-)

  18. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray September 12, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Ahaha, I sincerely hope I am not one of the “crazy” ones he mentioned…

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Oh don’t worry, you are are on the good side:-)

  19. Susan September 12, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Happy birthday to Matt! What a great Q&A with you too and he’s a pretty luck guy to get such an awesome cake for his birthday!

  20. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain September 12, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Your hubby is so sweet! Love this post! And OMG on this kit kat cake! Can you say epic??!!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      Thanks so much, Lauren!!

  21. meaghan September 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Wow to the cake, AND wow for the great answers! Whatta sweetie. I love that he knew all that stuff!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      Thanks, Meaghan! I was so impressed that he knew a couple of blog names lol

  22. Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama September 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Very impressive that he actually knew the names of 2 blogs you read! Great post and great looking cake!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      Right? If only he knew QUITE how many blogs I actually read……

  23. Taylor @ greens & chocolate September 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    What great timing with his birthday and the appreciation post! Your letter was too stinkin’ cute…as are you two!

  24. Melanie @ carmelmoments.com September 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    That looks like eye candy. Haha. Look delicious. Love the interview.

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Hahaha, thanks, Melanie!

  25. Erin | The Law Student's Wife September 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    SO FUN! Your write up is so incredibly sweet too. Also, I love that bday cake for a 30th. It’s both a little boy’s (and a man’s!) dream.

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks, Erin! It was definitely a fun cake to make and eat!

  26. Rachael @ Set the Table September 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    I love how fun this cake is! What a great way to celebrate. I know which blog I’ll be visiting when I have a major sweet tooth attack!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks, Rachael:-) Always lots of sweets here!

  27. Cassie | Bake Your Day September 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    This is so sweet, Lauren. You are adorable together!

  28. Kris September 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    We (here in Regency) heart Matt!! :) Happy Birthday!

  29. Diane {Created by Diane} September 13, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    oh so funny that there are some “crazy” ones too :) I’m still laughing! The cake looks yummy and I’m glad to get to know your hubby better!

  30. Julia September 13, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Cute!!!! Also, how random, but I’m making the kit kat cake tomorrow for my husband’s birthday. They’re his favorite candy too!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      Belated response but yay for kit kat cakes! Yours looked so amazing (and a little more adult:-))

  31. Kim - Liv Life September 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    First of all… Happy Birthday Mr. Keep it Sweet!!!
    And second, what a fun idea for the interview. I love guys answers, they are too funny!
    and third… the cake. OH MY! Liv would ADORE that cake!! Do I dare show her?? Love it!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      Thanks, Kim! The good news is that if she wants this cake it is SO easy!

  32. Joanne September 14, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Awww this was so sweet!! Happy birthday to Matt!! You guys are so adorable together. And that cake is a showstopper!!

  33. Erin @ Texanerin Baking September 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    “That being said, there are some real crazy ones, too.” Lol.

    Best answer of all the interviews yet. Yes, Matt, there ARE a lot of crazy ones out there. And more and more are coming out of the woodwork.

    Anyway, Matt sounds awesome! I love that he had his own food blog for a few weeks. Fun!

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      Hahaha SO many crazies lol. Thanks, Erin!

  34. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet September 18, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Lovely, Lauren! I think I have a slight obsession with Kit Kats and this cake would definitely hit the spot…right about NOW! :)

    • Keep It Sweet September 18, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      If you are obsessed with kit kats you definitely need to make this cake!

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