Polka Dot Cake

Want to do something different this Easter? Finding colorful polka dots in your cake is a fun surprise kids and adults are sure to love. When I saw this polka dot cake from Once Upon A Pedestal, I couldn’t wait to try it. I received a Babycakes Cake Pop Maker for Christmas and this was a perfect opportunity to try it out. The polka dots in the cake reminded me of colored Easter eggs, so I thought it would be fun with an Easter theme. And as you know from my Kit Kat  M&M Cake, I like decorating cakes with candy.

First, I mixed up a box of white cake mix following the instructions. Then I portioned the batter into 6 small bowls. The batter was a bit thin, so I added 2-4 TBSP flour to each bowl so that the cake balls would hold up well in the cake pop maker. Then I added 1/4 tsp Wilton gel coloring in blue, purple, orange, yellow, green and pink. I put about 1 TBSP batter into each well, closed the lid and flipped it over. It took about a minute and a half for them to cook. Cool on wire rack.

Then, I mixed up two more boxes of white cake mix. I added almond extract for an extra bit of flavor. I put a thin layer of batter in three greased and floured 8 inch round cake pans and placed the cake balls in. Next, I spooned batter over each ball making sure they were coated. Then baked the cakes and frosted them with almond extract flavored homemade buttercream. I added peeps and jelly beans for an Easter theme. Then came the big reveal! Cutting into the cake to see if it worked.

It did!

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  1. Such a cute cake! I love it! Would love for you to come share this & any other recipes over at Sweet & Savory Saturdays! http://dessertnowdinnerlater.blogspot.com/2013/02/sweet-savory-saturdays-1.html
    Hope to see you there!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

    • Thanks for the invite Amber. I love the name of your blog. I can totally get on board with that. We will link right up with ya!

  2. This is soooo darn cute! I love how you did step-by-step pictures. That is always so helpful on these “complicated” dishes :) I really want a piece of this cake…now! I think I just gained 10 pounds looking at it.

  3. What do you do if you don’t have a Babycakes Cake Pop Maker????

    • Mindy – Great question. You have two options for making cake pops. You can either get a Babycakes Cake Pop Maker or you can purchase a cake pop pan at a store that sells kitchen supplies. The difference is that the cake pop maker is electric, while the pan you would fill, put on the lid and bake in the oven. You will need one of these pieces of equipment to be able to make this cake. Thanks for asking and for visiting our site.

    • Mindy- I also don’t have a cake pop maker and my nephew wanted to make this for his mom for her birthday. I just took a miniature cupcake pan and baked them. They obviously aren’t completely round but since it was all that I had I just went with it but it still looked cute with the different colors on the inside.

  4. This cake is SO cute! I especially love the peeps & decor on the outside of the cake. Love love love!

  5. That’s so cool! My kids would LOVE this idea. I’m so glad you tested it for us. :) Thanks for sharing!

    • Meg,
      I am so happy you like the idea. I don’t know how old your kids are, but mine are teenagers and they loved it too. Glad we linked up.

  6. Traci Marcotte says:

    Being twice-baked doesn’t make the polka dots too tough?

    • Traci,I worried about the same thing. They do have a more dense texture than the rest of the cake, but they are not dry and crumbly at all. I think the are protected because they are surrounded by batter and pick up some moisture from that.

  7. This polka dot cake is soooo cute! And we are huge Peep fans! :) Have a great week!
    -The Six Sisters

  8. Thanks so much for giving the tutorial a try! Happy Caking!

    • I have had two friends do this for their children’s birthday cakes. You are an a amazing blogger. Thank you for your kind comment.

  9. That’s way cool!!


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