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Chocolate Fruit Basket Cake

Basic ingredients jazz up this easy cake, one that’s sure to bring “oohs” and “aahs!” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • 11 Kit Kat candy bars (1-1/2 ounces each)
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves, warmed
  • Fresh mint leaves, optional


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Separate candy bars; lightly press into sides of cake. Arrange berries on top; brush with preserves. Garnish with mint if desired.
How-To: To keep the cake stand clean while frosting, line the edge with 3-in. strips of waxed paper. Center the first cake layer over the strips. When finished frosting, carefully remove strips one piece at a time. See cake stand»
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 673 calories, 31g fat (13g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 440mg sodium, 94g carbohydrate (66g sugars, 5g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • sandytucker
    Jun 18, 2018

    A perfect cake to impress both in appearance and in deliciousness! Not hard to make and it looks like it was done by a professional bakery! Lots of compliments on this cake!

  • Aman
    Dec 16, 2017

    Really nice cake. You have really done a nice job. As you have shared the best things for me. Even this recipes can be made in busy time also. It's really special for me.

  • jennifer.sheremetta
    Jan 25, 2015

    ok so Im rating this cake 5 stars for the way it tasted after I made some changes ;) I used a devils food cake mix BUT i added 1 extra egg and instead of water I used milk in its place. Made the mix more homemade tasting and much more moist! Then I frosted the ENTIRE bottom layer and added some sliced strawberries then added the top layer and frosted it completely as well. I placed the kit kats around it and it takes 44 sticks of kit kat to cover the 9" round cake ;) then I added fruits of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. I left off the apricot preserves...instead just add a little cool whip on the top along with the mint :) the cake was super moist and so delicious! Just a side note...if you use fresh fruit like i did, make sure you wash the fruit in enough time for it to completely dry before adding to the cake otherwise youre going to have a mess with the fruit juice and the water that didnt dry. It will make the frosting "run" as well. I washed the fruit then put it in a spinner and laid it all out on wax paper with paper towels on and under it to dry it out about 2 hours before putting it on the cake. Turned out just fine :) I did tie a ribbon very snug around it to help hold everything together as I transported it from my house to our friends' house :) Made it cute and held everything in place during the ride :) Everyone was crazy about this cake including myself and I NEVER like anything I make ;) happy eating! :)

  • mtjs13
    Aug 13, 2013

    Made this for my own birthday and everyone loved it. Made two more smaller versions the next day for friends. I tied a ribbon around the "basket" to make it more festive. Very easy to make and people are impressed.

  • LauraLap
    Sep 6, 2011

    Loved this! Impressive looking and delicious. One thing to note... since we did not eat all of the cake right away, we took the fruit back off - we thought the cake would get too "mushy" if we left this on.

  • mkimmell
    May 4, 2011

    I made this cake for our local fire dept and they loved it!! I diced up some of the berries and added them to the top of the bottom layer for an added bonus. Also if traveling with this cake, tie a ribbon around the kit kats to keep them in place.

  • mrsjean
    Feb 19, 2011

    I have made this cake 2 years in a row for our dessert auction at church. Everyone loves it! Its easy to make and looks like you fussed.

  • pj84411
    Jan 12, 2011

    Surprisingly easy to make and totally worth it. Made it for a get-together and it was a hit!!

  • meanmary5
    Apr 30, 2010

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  • rusas
    Mar 15, 2010

    I made this cake for a party and all my friends loved it! With Kit Kats, how can you go wrong? The fruit on top made the boxed cake especially moist, but I should not have put it on the night before, as some of the juice ran down onto the platter and it was a bit messy. I recommend adding the fruit within a few hours of serving.