Kit Kat Piano Cake

Kit Kat Piano Cake
Hi friends! Well, I got my computer working again...I was having issues with my operating system not being updated. I seem to be back in business, and not a moment too soon. I wish I were more tech-savvy so these little glitches wouldn't derail my plans. Anyway, yesterday I shared about my daughter's Music-Themed Birthday Party. I wanted to give you a step-by-step tutorial to de-mystify the Kit Kat Piano Cake.
Kit Kat Piano Cake
I made the cake using 2 cake mixes...The chocolate cake was baked in a 13 x 9 inch and the yellow cake mix was baked in a 9 x 9 inch square pan and 8 cupcakes (put in the freezer for a later time). When the cakes were cooled, I began assembling the piano cake. First, I shaved the top off the cakes with a serrated knife to make a nice, flat surface upon which to build. After covering a cookie sheet with a sheet music paper runner, I placed strips of wax paper around the top of the pan. Then, I set the 13 x 9 cake on top of the wax paper and spread the cake with a layer of my favorite chocolate frosting. (I made a double batch of the frosting.)
Kit Kat Piano Cake
Next came the yellow 9 x 9 inch cake, which I set off to one side of the chocolate cake. This left just enough room for the "piano keys".
Kit Kat Piano Cake
Because the cake now looked a bit like an old car (and that wasn't the look I was going for), I decided to turn it into a Grand Piano. Using a toothpick to freehand "draw" a line, I cut the corner off the double layer with a serrated knife to give it the look of a grand.
Kit Kat Piano Cake
The next step was frosting the rest of the cake and then laying down the "piano keys". The ivory keys were made with 3 packages of White Chocolate Kit Kat bars, and the dark keys were made with regular milk chocolate Kit Kat bars that I cut in half. I simply used the frosting as glue to hold the keys in place.
Kit Kat Piano Cake
Once I was finished frosting the cake, I carefully removed the strips of wax paper, revealing a clean surface for the cake. I showed pictures of the cake to our piano teacher and she has already asked me to make one for our next piano recital. I think I might need to use larger pans, or perhaps make two for dueling pianos.
Kit Kat Piano Cake
I finally realized this year that I don't have to settle for lettering that goes off in different directions. To keep the lettering in a straight line, I lightly drew a guide line in the frosting for the letters to rest upon.
Kit Kat Piano Cake
That's it! Just a couple of cakes and some Kit Kats and you've got yourself a piano. This was such a fun and easy cake to make. I love when cakes turn out exactly as I plan them in my head, especially since I don't usually do a test run. I did have the cupcakes as a back up plan just in case the cake was a disaster. Thankfully, I was able to leave them in the freezer for us to enjoy last weekend when my parents came into town.  

Do you make themed birthday cakes for your kiddos? I think I'm at the end of my run, but I have really enjoyed each one I've made over the years. Need some more birthday cake ideas?
 Lots of ideas here in this post of  Girly Birthday Themes.
 These Soccer Ball Cupcakes would be a big hit with your little soccer player!
 How about a Tank Birthday Cake for the guys in your life?
I'm linking up at some of these great parties and


23 comments:

  1. NIci, You daughter is such a sweetie! Don't they grow up so so fast! I think this piano is adorable! What a great tutorial! And such a great idea to add the sheet music to the base of the cake. LOVE IT all! Thanks so much for joining THE SCOOP this week!d Pinning!

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  2. Love all of the beautiful cakes you've created….you are so talented!! xx

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  3. WOW!! This turned out amazing, Nici!!! Pinned ;) ... Happy Birthday to your daughter!!!

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  4. I love how you used Kit Kats for the piano keys! Love the tank cake too--I'll have to remember this for my little guy. :)

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  5. Such a creative idea! It looks great and I love how easy it is.

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  6. This i one of the best cakes I have ever seen - so fun!

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  7. What a fantastic cake! I love how you turned it into a grand piano and used the Kit Kats for keys! Love the other cakes too. You are one cake making diva! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

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  8. Wow, what a fun cake idea! Great Job :) Thank you for linking up to Moonlight and Mason Jars! Pinning!

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  9. Hi Nici! I'm visiting from 504 Main.....I saw your piano cake at the party and just had to come see it! It is so perfect for my 6 year old grand daughter's birthday...thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Penny

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  10. What an adorable and creative cake! I love all the tips in your tutorial. Brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. Woow!Cool idea,Nici! The cake is awesome and easy to doing- dificult to see someting like this!
    Congrats!

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  12. This is such an awesome cake! I love the Kit Kat keys!

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  13. Using Kit Kat Bars for the keys was pure genius. Pinning!

    Beth @ HungryHappenings

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  14. These are sooooooo lovely!! I'm a new follower coming from Its Overflowing! All of you cakes reflect my twins so def coming to you for cake ideas!!! ;)

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  15. What an awesome cake!!!! So creative!!! Looks absolutely beautiful and so yummy too!!!

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  16. I always made themed partied for the kiddo (alligator cake when Zoomobile visited, treasure chest for the pirate party, etc) but I'm making your piano cake for my musician husband. He'll love it! Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  17. Okay this is seriously one of the most creative cake ideas I've ever seen, love it! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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  18. This is so gorgeous! I love the piano, the kit-kats, and of course the sheet music as the finishing touch!! Brilliant....
    I be it was yummy too!!

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  19. I never thought to use kit kats to make a piano cake. What an awesome idea!

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  20. I just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this at What We Accomplished Wednesday tonight! Love it!!

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  21. ADORABLE! I think I may make this for my Mom for her birthday. She is a piano teacher.

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  22. LOVE THIS! And all your other cakes too. Featuring you tomorrow. Thanks so much for linking! Xo

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  23. Your cakes are so lovely! Pinned for future inspiration. :)

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