Polka Dot Cake!

Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) So, how many times have you seen a project or an idea online and thought, “Awesome! I wonder if that really works…” More than once, right? Well, I remember seeing this polka dot cake on Pinterest and thinking how cool it was, but I was a little skeptical that it was actually feasible in real life. Since summer is the season of get togethers and gatherings, I thought it would be a good time to finally try the technique out for a possible party idea, and guess what?! It totally works. Yes!!

Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) Polka Dot Cake
Recipe adapted from Simply Sweet ColorCakes

2 boxes of cake mix with pudding in the mix (15.25 oz)
2 cans of frosting
food coloring
6″ cake pan
silicone cake pop pan

Mix your white cake mixes together with the eggs, water and oil it calls for (to get your cake as white as possible, do the egg white only version). Set aside two cups of the mixture and refrigerate the rest of the mix until needed.

Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) Tint the two cups of batter that you set aside with your food coloring to your desired color. Place your cake pop molds on a baking sheet and oil your cake pop cavities (top and bottom). Fill your bottom cake pop pan with batter, attach the top, and press all around thoroughly to make sure the parts are sealed together. Bake your tray in the oven at the temperature the cake mix calls for until the cake pops are almost cooked through. Just keep checking with a toothpick after 10 minutes until the toothpick comes out almost clean (mine took about 17 minutes at 350°).

Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) Remove the cake balls from the pan and get the rest of your cake mix out of the refrigerator. 

Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) Place 6-7 cake balls into the bottom of a greased 6″ cake pan and spoon in batter just until the cake balls are covered. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, but try more than one spot when you test in case you happen to hit a cake ball that’s already done instead of the new white batter underneath. Mine took about 35 minutes in a 350° oven. Repeat until you have three layers of cake. You can either do this one at a time if you only have one pan, or you can make multiples at once if you have several 6″ pans. Allow the cakes to cool completely on a cooling rack before icing.

Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) If you have rounded cake tops, use a bread knife to even out the tops of your layers so they will sit evenly on each other. Then stack them together with a layer of icing between each. I made the mistake of trying this before the tiers were totally cool with a lighter whipped icing option, and the layers were sliding around all over the place! The second time I let them completely cool and used the thicker regular icing and it worked much better. Once your layers are stacked, ice around the tops and sides, and you’re ready to cut the cake and see the surprise inside!

Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) Too cute! Polka Dot Cake (click through for tutorial) You would think that the colored dots would taste dry since they get baked twice, but they don’t. I think the white cake acts as a “cake barrier” for them so they aren’t exposed in the oven, but who cares! Still tasted great to me.

While this cake would be adorable for a birthday or wedding shower, I was also thinking it would be so cute as a gender reveal cake with either pink or blue dots for a girl or boy. This is definitely one of those “moment of truth” things where you are just dying to cut it open and see how it turned out, so I think it’s extra special for the person who makes the cake too. Put this one in the “it really works” column! xo. Laura

Credits// Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

Polka Dot Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes of cake mix with pudding in the mix 15.25 oz
  • 2 cans of frosting
  • food coloring
  • 6 " cake pan
  • silicone cake pop pan

Instructions

  1. Mix your white cake mixes together with the eggs, water and oil it calls for (to get your cake as white as possible, do the egg white only version). Set aside two cups of the mixture and refrigerate the rest of the mix until needed.
  2. Tint the two cups of batter that you set aside with your food coloring to your desired color. Place your cake pop molds on a baking sheet and oil your cake pop cavities (top and bottom). Fill your bottom cake pop pan with batter, attach the top, and press all around thoroughly to make sure the parts are sealed together. Bake your tray in the oven at the temperature the cake mix calls for until the cake pops are almost cooked through. Just keep checking with a toothpick after 10 minutes until the toothpick comes out almost clean (mine took about 17 minutes at 350°).
  3. Remove the cake balls from the pan and get the rest of your cake mix out of the refrigerator.
  4. Place 6-7 cake balls into the bottom of a greased 6" cake pan and spoon in batter just until the cake balls are covered. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, but try more than one spot when you test in case you happen to hit a cake ball that's already done instead of the new white batter underneath. Mine took about 35 minutes in a 350° oven. Repeat until you have three layers of cake. You can either do this one at a time if you only have one pan, or you can make multiples at once if you have several 6" pans. Allow the cakes to cool completely on a cooling rack before icing.
  5. If you have rounded cake tops, use a bread knife to even out the tops of your layers so they will sit evenly on each other. Then stack them together with a layer of icing between each. I made the mistake of trying this before the tiers were totally cool with a lighter whipped icing option, and the layers were sliding around all over the place! The second time I let them completely cool and used the thicker regular icing and it worked much better. Once your layers are stacked, ice around the tops and sides, and you're ready to cut the cake and see the surprise inside!
  • I love all the baking tutorials , I have got to try the Polka dot cake!

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  • I’m not that much into baking, but this polka dot cake looks amazing!

  • This is such a fun idea! I would try a vanilla bean cake with chocolate polka dots.

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  • This looks so cute!!! And so much easier than you’d think!

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  • So so cute! I wouldn’t have thought that’s how you would do it! I’d try to do it with multiple colors too.

    -M
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  • How fun! I love that the cake looks ordinary on the outside but has something unexpected on the inside! Plus this is super simple!

  • Here is my multicolor polka dot version: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/324962929340491740/ I used a yogurt and lemon recipe. Yummy!

  • This is amazing! With this type of recipe you surely look good between your guests!

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    Bests!

  • I love this so much!! Colorful tip: divide the “confetti balls” batter into smaller bowls and dye them different colors. Then, you’ll have a pretty, colorful confetti look! 🙂

  • I love this so much!! Colorful tip: divide the “confetti balls” batter into smaller bowls and dye them different colors. Then, you’ll have a pretty, colorful confetti look! 🙂

  • This is such an amazing idea! I’ll have to keep it in mind for my birthday! 😀
    -Lauren
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  • Now that is a great looking cake. Makes me hungry…. And Ive never seen an actual polka dot cake where theyre inside the actual cake.

  • This is so pretty. Would love to try make it but I bet it wouldn’t come out as pretty

  • It’s a lot easier than what I thought it would be. Might need to try this for my little one’s birthday! 🙂

  • This looks soo delicious, and it’s so pretty too!

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  • Oh my god I LOVE this recipe!!! Definitely using this for my next friends birthday, it’s so cute!! Never would have thought to use cake pops like that.

    Thanks for sharing it!!
    LucyAnn x

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  • I love this! What a fun idea! I would love to do this for my daughter’s first birthday cake next month!

    Paige
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  • It should work the first time Lisa! Just make sure the cake is totally cool before icing. That was my mistake, it wasn’t and the layers were sliding around with the icing melting between them…

    Laura

  • This is literally the simplest, yet coolest decorating trick! I may or may not tell everyone this polka dot cake secret.

  • SO adorable! My girls would LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

  • This is so cute ^_^ I will definitely make this when I get a cake pop maker!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • This is AWESOME! Such a great idea, Laura. Coming from a girl who owns about five polka dotted skirts, I can definitely get behind the cake version.

    xo,
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  • This is so adorable! And it really doesn’t look that difficult.
    ♥Heather+Melissa

  • ohh it looks delicious!!
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  • This is such a smart idea for a cake, so simple, yet makes a whole world of difference.

  • what a great idea! love the color choice. I think this would be great for a gender reveal cake. thanks for sharing the idea. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

  • This is a really clever idea! I love that its triple layered too! 🙂

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  • Omg what a cute idea! So so creative! And what an adorable outcome. This looks like the happiest, tallest, fluffiest cake ever. Thanks for this idea!
    xx Lane

  • This is so cute and it turned out so well!! I love the idea of showers or gender reveal! I’ll have to stash that idea away for when the time comes 😉

    -Molly

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  • This might be the lazy-o in me, BUT… wouldn’t this be stellar with donut holes in it?!

  • What an awesome idea…I’ve never done a cake like this either, but I sure am gonna bake one soon…have several Birthdays coming up!!! I also want to say this was my first time visiting your awesome blog…found it through my Sister, Mary Freeman’s blog…Blessings,
    Bevie
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  • i would have never thought to make little cake balls and THEN put them in – genius!

  • wow! amazing! I never saw this before. I like soo much in love with baking that I will try this as soon as I get free…
    love those pink cake balls…
    thanks a ton!
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  • Love it!!! My best friend’s birthday is coming up and I’ll try this (is it a recipe that tends to fail if you do it for the first time?)

    Thanks for sharing and love from Germany,

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    Lisa

  • I love Polka Dot cakes, particularly this pretty pink one. I love the idea of a reveal cake for a little one too!

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