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Baking… a Polka Dot Cake

Polka Dots are fun! And perfect for my MIL’s birthday cake.

Initially, I was going to make cake balls (cake crumbs + frosting) but after a little bit of research discovered they were not ideal.

STEP ONE – Bake your polka dots!
I made three 5″ rounds in different colors, white cake mix & gel food coloring. Then cut out round slugs with a cookie cutter.

STEP TWO – Strategically place your polka dots!
This is important. You want them to look round when you CUT. That means placing the circles on their sides. Yes, they will roll but we will take care of that in step 3.

STEP THREE – Rebake your cake!
To keep your dots in place, pour a little batter around the outside ring and then the inside ring. Then gently flow over top. I probably should have put a little batter in the bottom of the pan before placing my dots to center them in the cake.

STEP FOUR – Assemble!
Easy as pie… umm, yeah. Level your tops, frost and serve. Be prepared to hear astonished “ohhh”s and “ahhh”s with the first slice!


Cutting out the polka dots.


The polka dots fit together into a round tube. Batter on the outside, then on the inside. Don’t worry about leveling… the cake will rise to cover the dots.


Baked cakes waiting to be frosted.


Finished frosted birthday cake!


Polka dot cake! Next time I will make one set of polka dots tighter in the center of the pan so they are staggered.


My slice!



5 comments on “Baking… a Polka Dot Cake

  1. Janine
    May 30, 2013

    Looks great, neat idea!

  2. tinylittlesoprano
    June 3, 2013

    It’s almost like traffic lights! Awesome!

  3. ndyles
    June 5, 2013

    What a super cute idea! And great photos for the tutorial.

    • Miranda
      June 6, 2013

      Thank you! 🙂 It was fun. I’m definitely going to make it again.

  4. pippamoore1961
    June 13, 2013

    what an amazing cake looks fabxx

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