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Kitkat Gems Chocolate Cake | Wholewheat and healthy

Kitkat gems cake was in my drafts and I have no idea why it was there for so long. I had made it for my kid’s birthday 2 years ago, and I had followed Priya Sri’s unfailable Eggless Wholewheat Chocolate cake recipe. For a cake novice like me, this cake was a huge deal, although my kids have stopped asking for cakes often I know that they would be mighty pleased if I learnt frosting and made them a couple of ‘bakery stye topped’ cupcakes now and then.

Till then, let’s get to it, and although I have made this again twice for a baking order (with gluten free flour) and once with Orange for the neighbours, this remains my favourite after the Ragi Chocolate Cake. 


Kitkat Gems Cake

For the Wholewheat eggless Chocolate Buttermilk Cake (Priya Sri’s recipe repeated verbatim) 

Makes two 6” cakes.  

Prep time : 15 mins 

Baking time : 35~40 mins 

Chilling time : 45 mins~60 mins

You would need:

Wholewheat atta / flour – 1.25 cups

Cocoa Powder – 1/4 cup

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Sugar (I used Coconut Sugar) – 3/4 cup

Buttermilk (thickish) – 1 cup

Neutral Oil – 1/3 cup + 2 TBSP (I needed that 2 TBSP extra)

Sugar syrup:

1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup water 


Frosting / Ganache :

Chocolate Chips / Chopped Chocolate – 2/3 cup

Cream – 1/4 cup

Vanilla Essence – 1/4 tsp


Broken / halved kitkat fingers and Gems / M’n’Ms to decorate

How to:

In a large bowl / flattish dish, 

Sift the dry ingredients for the cake, preheat oven to 170C. 

Mix sugar, oil and Buttermilk.

Make a well in the flour mix, and add the liquids from previous step. 

Mix well with a spatula till no dry streaks are seen.

Pour into two 6 inch moulds and bake for 35-40 mins.

Place cakes on a cooling rack, de-mould gently and chill well with cakes cling wrapped for over 45~60 mins.   


In a sauce pan, boil together sugar and water till sugar is melted (no syrup consistency / string needs to be made). Cool thoroughly. 

Take cakes out of the fridge, and make tiny holes all over and pour the syrup (I didn’t use the sugar syrup as we personally like a slightly bitter chocolate cake, so this step is entirely optional). Let the cakes soak the syrup and sit for some time. 

In a microwave, warm the cream for 15 seconds, keep outside and pour in the choco-chips / chopped chocolate. do NOT mix. let it stand for 2 mins, and then with a whisk, mix to a thick smooth, glossy ganache. add the dash of vanilla essence as desired. 

On a wire rack, place the cakes with a bit of ganache stuck at the bottom. Place one cake and place the other cake . Now pour enough  ganache to cover it fully and gently smoothen the edges and top including the sides. Chill the cake at this stage.

While the cake / ganache is still moist, place kitkat fingers around the circumference of the cake, taking care to ensure that they look like a tallish picket fence. Tie a ribbon securely around it with a bow. Place gems  / M&Ms on the cake.  Chill further till served 🙂

Enjoy happy faces all around you as they dig into chocolatey goodness 🙂 


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  1. Priya Suresh

    Such a beautiful cake for celebration. Wish i get a slice of this gorgeous chocolate cake. Some cake recipes are seriously tremendous. Well done.

  2. vaishali sabnani

    Kalyani , the cake looks well made , don’t under estimate yourself ! Seriously you are good , you should frost cakes more often , the girls will be happy !
    The cake looks lovely and perfect for a Birthday !

  3. Wow!! KitKat and gems are a love of kids. And using wheat is such a wonderful thought!

  4. I remember making this cake for my elder one's birthday a couple of years ago… the girls really loved them but the cake was too big for us to finish, and thankfully we had guests that day, so the whole thing got wiped off! The cake recipe is very interesting, especially it is wholewheat and without eggs, and with buttermilk! Wow…

  5. Gayathri Kumar

    I have always wanted to make a kit kat cake for my daughter but never did it. Your cake looks so beautiful and with the wheat flour cake it is more healthier than the maida cake.

  6. Who wouldn't love this rich, decadent and chocolaty treat. I love the kit kat collar — makes it so pretty and perfect for celebrations.

  7. Nalini's Kitchen

    Such a pretty looking cake,perfect for celebrations.

  8. Sharmila kingsly

    Easy and beautiful birthday cake.. Looks perfect

  9. Varada's Kitchen

    Very festive cake. It was very popular a few years back. The Kitkat adds a nice crunch.

  10. I have this one coming up for today and really surprised that yours was 2 years old..:)..your cake with decoration looks stunning!..

  11. Chef Mireille

    so pretty with those gems on top – lovely chocolate bake that I am sure was much loved

  12. That's beautiful cake I am sure kids must have adored this kit kat and gems cake!!So perfect for birthday celebrations!!

  13. The cake looks beautiful. I think every baker mother wants to bake this cake for her kids atleast once

  14. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Cake looks very pretty kalyani!! A perfect cake for any celebration! Thanks for the mention 🙂

  15. Suma Gandlur

    Cake looks pretty and those kitkats and gems make this cake kid friendly.

  16. cookwithrenu

    Such a yummy and delicious cake. Kitkat and topped with gems is sure a winner and perfect for celebrations.

  17. Wow KitKat chocolate cake looks so delicious and healthy and especially I loved the topping with gems. My kids going to love if I make this means.


    Kids would certainly go gaga over this cake..,beautiful cake

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