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Polka Dot Cake!!!

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Polka Dot Cake!!!It just makes you smile, doesn’t it?  I don’t think I can adequately express how happy this cake makes me.

I made this cake for my friend Nikki’s birthday and it made her happy too…

Happy Birthday!!!                      Surprise!!!!

I simply can’t take credit for the idea behind this cake,  that credit goes to an adorable blog called “Once Upon a Pedestal”.  I can’t even take credit for finding the idea… that goes to my wonderful Pinterest addicted friend Laura.  I can tell you this: it is NOT hard to make.  It does take some time, but it is very easy to put together, and the “wow” factor?  Incredible!

Polka Dot Cake!!!!!!

The 1st question everyone asks is “How did you get the polka dots INSIDE the cake?” They are cake balls.  To make this recipe, you will need one piece of special equipment: a cake pop/ doughnut hole maker.  I feel like I walked by those like 100 times over the holidays in various stores and every time I thought, “I wonder why you would ever buy one of those?”  Now I know!  Here’s the one I got: Bella Sensio Cake Pop Maker

Cake pop maker

There are several brands and varieties- I’m sure they all work great- I would look for one that does 12 at once, just as a time saver!  The good news?  Once you make this cake, your friends will all want to borrow your cake pop maker and you won’t have to store it anywhere!

Are you ready to see how this is done?  Here we go: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 boxed white cake mixes (plus the oil, water and eggs to make them according to the package)
  • You favorite frosting (I used my buttercream recipe, doubled, which you can get by clicking here)
  • Sprinkles or candy to decorate the cake.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Plug in/turn on your cake pop maker to warm it up.
  • Make one of the cakes according to package directions.
  • Divide batter evenly into smaller bowls based on the number of colors you want to use (I did 4)
  • Color the batter using color gels (I love the Wilton brand in particular because it gives such a vivid color)
  • Following the directions for your particular cake pop maker, make cake balls using each of the colors.

(with mine I sprayed it with Pam, used a small (2 tsp) cookie scoop, rapidly scooped batter in and immediately closed the lid.  My directions said 4-5 minutes and they all were burnt to a crisp– about 2 minutes worked perfectly for me.  I just set them out on a plate to cool then…be prepared to experiment a little with this– you will have some extra pops at the end, so its ok if you mess some up!)

Polka Dot Cake Pops

  • While cake balls are cooling, preheat oven to 350F, and make the second cake mix according to package.
  • Spray 3 – 6″ round pans with non-stick spray and set a circle of parchment paper in the bottom of each one (to keep your layers pretty!)
  • Spread a thin layer of batter in the bottom of each pan, place cake balls on top in any pattern you choose and divide remaining batter over the top of the balls so they are completely covered.

Assembling a Polka Dot Cake

Ready to bake!

 

 

 

  • Bake layers at 350F degrees for about 30 minutes.  You can use the toothpick test (I recommend it!) but be careful to hit cake and not cake balls….you can kind of tell where they are- they bump up just a bit.
  • When cooked all the way through, tip over on a cake rack to cool completely.
  • Trim, if needed, to flatten layers and use frosting to stack all three layers and cover the entire cake with frosting.
  • Decorate as desired.


Polka Dot Cake!!!!!My thoughts:  I’m not a cake decorator, and my buttercream is a whipped frosting that is OH so yummy, but not very good for a smooth cake surface….it still makes me smile…bumps and all.  You can decorate your cake however you like.  I used Wilton Jumbo Confetti Sprinkles on this one.  I really hope you give this cake a try– if you have any questions about the process just ask!!  — or check out “Once Upon a Pedestal”, as her pictures were very helpful.  She also uses a different type of cake pop pan than I did.  I hope this recipe idea made you smile on this cold winter morning– enjoy!!!!!  ~r

Polka Dot Cake!!!!

Polka Dot Cake Tips

Other Easybaked cake recipes you might enjoy: (click on the photo to see the recipe)

Chocolate Mousse CakeOld fashioned Red velvet cakeStrawberry-Lemonade CakeTie-Dye Cake with Blue Raspberry Frosting!

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Red Velvet Cake Balls- filled with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Surprise!!!  These red velvet cake balls are filled with cream cheese frosting!  A fun treat for birthdays, holidays, showers….it is all in the decorating!

INGREDIENTS:

  • One red velvet cake mix (with oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
  • One tub of ready-made cheesecake frosting.
  • 2 (12 oz.) bags of Wilton White Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles or dark chocolate candy melts to use for decorating.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Bake cake mix according to package and cool
  • While cake is baking/cooling- spoon 1/2 of the tub of frosting into a ziptop bag.  Clip a corner and pipe dime-size dollops of frosting onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper (pipe about 35-40) Place in freezer.

  • Cut cooled cake into pieces and chop into fine crumbs using a food processor or food chopper.
  • Mix cake crumbs with remaining frosting until it can be formed into balls that hold together (you may not need all the frosting).
  • Roll about one tablespoon of cake into a ball, press it flat and put a frozen frosting bit in the center.  Wrap cake dough around frosting and smooth into a ball. (try to keep the frosting bits frozen- I did only 5 at a time and kept the rest in the freezer.  The frosting will not freeze hard- it will be more like taffy when you peel it from the parchment paper).

  • Refrigerate cake balls for a few hours.
  • Melt Candy Melts in microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
  • Dip cold cake balls into white chocolate candy melts (this is the hardest part for me….I made a huge mess trying different techniques and finally settled on a fork, tapping it against the edge of the bowl until excess has drained away.  Some people use toothpicks or spoons or special dipping tools….I think this part is just a mess for me no matter how I do it!)
  • Place dipped cake balls on parchment paper to harden.  If you are decorating with sprinkles, do this before the chocolate hardens.  Otherwise, just drizzle with some dark chocolate for a more elegant look:

My thoughts: These are SO good.  The frosting in the middle is a fun surprise and it adds a yummy creaminess to the cake balls.  Hassle?  Yes.  I am convinced that cake balls and cake pops are not my gifting– so many people make them look effortless and that is NOT the case for me!  I love the taste though….so once in awhile….ENJOY!!!

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