M & M (Gems) Cake with Chocolate Buttercream


Which child does not like M&Ms (Gems)? I loved these as a kid and still love them – although, I cannot stand the ones with peanut butter!.  Ishaan became a fan when both set of grandparents pampered him with Gems, he continued his love for these chocolaty goodness after coming back. My parents sent some more with my brother last week. He gets some after his swimming class these days.

I have been thinking about this cake for a long time. I thought kids would love it. I did not want the cake to be too chocolaty. So I chose a basic yellow cake recipe which my family loves. The cake became a huge hit. Since many of you who saw the cake on FB asked for the recipe, here it is.

I wanted to make a chocolaty filling/icing to cover the cake. A simple chocolate frosting would have done the job, but buttercream gives such a nice finishing. So I prepared the following chocolate buttercream, it was not as sweet as buttercream because of the amount of cocoa used.

Ingredients for chocolate buttercream :
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tea spn vanilla extract
1/2 cup (approx) milk

Keep the butter at room temperature for few hours, so it becomes soft(not melted).
Mix butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract. Keep adding milk in small quantities until you get required consistency.

How to put all together
Bake the cake. Cut it horizontally.
Spread a thick layer of chocolate buttercream. Then spread some chocolate chips – just for some added crunch.
Keep the other layer. Cover the cake with chocolate buttercream and decorate as needed.
Spread the M&Ms on top.



9 Comments for “M & M (Gems) Cake with Chocolate Buttercream”

Ridhi arora


Hi,could u please give some low fat recipe for both cake as well as icing.My little one is on a low fat diet….so I always hav a struggle on her bday which comes on 22 july



Thanks Shilpa. But do the chocolate chips make it too sweet? Am sure my Lil one will love it and the other kids, but it might be too sweet for the grown ups?
I am also making cupcakes for the lil ones, which recipe would you recommend for that from your website i.e fast and tasty.
Also am going to make the cakes and cupcakes a day or two earlier, how should I store them, please share. Thanks

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