Monday, January 6, 2014

Polka Dot Cake

My daughter celebrated her birthday a few months ago and I made her this fun and cute cake with pink and purple polka dots (her favorite colors).   I know I am seriously late sharing this with you, but with all the holidays this past fall and Christmas... this got pushed to the side.  It's too special to not share so here it is at last.   I saw this idea on Facebook and knew I had to try it.  So this is by no means a recipe for a cake... I used boxed cake mix to make it easy (but a scratch cake can be used as well).  Today's post is all about how to achieve this fun cake.   You can make the cake and polka dots any color/flavor you wish, so customize away for any holiday or occasion.   I used a white vanilla cake mix and topped it with strawberry frosting.  She loved it and so did everyone who saw and tasted the cake.  Since this was my first time doing this cake and it was so easy, I am definitely going to keep playing around with the colors and flavors.

2 boxes of cake mix   ( I used white cake to get the color I wanted, but you can do any color or flavor)
food coloring of choice
1-2 tubs of frosting (your choice)
sprinkles or cake decorations of choice

Special tools:  cake pop machine or cake pop pan

  Recipe idea Source

Here are so tips and tricks from Paula Deen to make that box cake mix taste more like a scratch cake:
1.  Add an extra egg than the box suggests
2.  Cream butter for the oil they recommend
3.  Substitute milk for the water
Make cake batter according to package instructions.  Separate out some batter and dye it for your desired polka dot color(s).  I did two colors of pink and purple.

 Make the polka dots using the cake pop machine or a cake pop pan then set aside.  Grease and lay a parchment layer in your cake pan.  Pour half the white cake batter into your pan(s).  Then place the prepared cake pops into the batter.  I recommend you make more cake pops dots than you think.  I wish I had put more so each slice when cut had polka dots.

Pour remaining batter on top of cake pops.  Bake according to box instructions or until cake is fully baked.  You cake pops will not bake more... they will still remain soft.  Cool cake and frost as desired. Slice and serve.  Enjoy.

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  2. Thats a lovely cake!i've seen many people post it and still awed by the results!

  3. What a fun birthday cake! I am partial to pink frosting and sprinkles. The polka dot balls are an extra special treat. I must have been in a whole this fall since this is the first time I have seen this cake.

    1. Don't worry.. You didn't miss it Emily... I posted it for the first time today. :) Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas posts pushed this one out for me... but I had to share even though it's late. Now how about sharing your brownie cookies... I love that idea. :)

  4. What a beautiful and fun cake, Im sure she's more than happy with this special birthday cake:)

  5. Oh my gosh, this is such a beautiful and popping eye candy of a cake that I am sure your daughter is totally delighted!:-) She is blessed to have you as a great mom!
    I want a birthday cake like this too, maybe you want another daughter? LOL :-P
    Happy New Year to you and your family!~ :-D


  6. What a fun cake! You did an amazing job Ramona!!

  7. Well, happy belated birthday to your daughter! I'm sure she was thrilled by that cake. I know I would be. I wondered how you made the circles so thank you for cluing us in on your secret.

  8. What a lucky girl to have an amazing mom like you! Until this day, I've never made anyone a birthday cake. =P This is so pretty! It's a lot of work to make a polka dot cake, but it must be so worth it when the cake is cut...and revealed the polka dots! :D

  9. You are the best mum ever, have I told you this before? You always amaze me with your colorful cake creations and the time you invest in making each cake to look unique is just breathtaking.

  10. So cute and girly. I will have to keep this in mind for Princess Gabbi, she will love it!

  11. Your little girl would have been so proud. The cake is so lovely.

  12. How very clever and SO cute!! I bet your daughter was tickled to death when she cut into it. What fun! Happy belated birthday to your daughter!

  13. wow wow fantastic polka dots inside the cake :) looks so attractive !!

  14. Oh man I've always wanted to make one of these polka dot cakes but they are so intimidating! What an amazing birthday cake, Ramona. :D I bet your daughter was overjoyed heehee.

  15. The best cake-pop makers work the same way as a waffle maker. You pour the cake batter into the shaped bowls of the machine, which has a heating unit on the inside.

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