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box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Party Rainbow Chip cake mix
containers Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla or creamy white frosting
Rainbow colors for food coloring
Mix the cake mix with the eggs, water and oil until combined.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350°F. Then let them cool completely.
Divide (no need in measuring) one container of frosting into six mini bowls.
Add a few drops of food coloring in a mini bowl. Repeat one color to each bowl to make separate frosting bowls of the colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
With the other container of frosting, frost a layer of white onto each cupcake.
Fill small zipper storage bags with the individual frosting. Cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag and pipe on the dots.
More About This Recipe
- Party Rainbow Chip - It’s like a party every time you take a bite!
Party Rainbow Chip has always been my favorite box cake. I remember asking my mom to make it for several birthdays. They are really cute as cupcakes. To match the adorable dots inside, I pipe rainbow polka dots on the top. I have to say, these little dots add a lot of charm to the cupcakes! Polka Dot Rainbow Cupcakes are adorable and the bright colors are a dose of happiness. :)
Mix the cake mix with the eggs, water and oil until combined. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Then let them cool completely.
Divide (no need in measuring) one container of frosting into six mini bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring in a mini bowl. Use one color for each bowl to make separate frosting bowls of the colors of the rainbow. I used red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
With the other container of frosting, frost a layer of white onto each cupcake.
Fill small zipper storage bags with the individual colored frosting. Quick Tip: When filling the bags with frosting, place the plastic bag into a tall glass and fold the edges of the bag over the sides of the glass. It allows a nice opening to spoon the frosting in without it getting all over your hands.
Cut a tiny (really tiny!) hole in the corner of the bag to pipe on the dots.
Now pipe mini dots onto the top of the cupcakes. The colors look so beautiful together!
Spotted! 20 Pretty Polka Dot Desserts
It’s no secret that we love polka dots here at Brit + Co. Another one of our favorite things? Dessert! Put the two together and you can’t go wrong. We’ve rounded up 20 pretty polka dot desserts you should make ASAP.
Be sure to check out our Cake Baking 101 E-Class, taught by pastry chef and blogger Tessa Huff of Style Sweet CA!
In just 35 minutes you’ll learn how to make a delicious three-layer vanilla buttercream cake with colorful polka dots to show off!
Alright, now let’s get to the good stuff. Read on for some of our favorite polka dot recipes!
1. Polka Dot Rainbow Cupcakes: Let’s start out simple with this adorable cupcakes recipe that will brighten up anyone’s day. (via tablespoon)
2. Polka Dot Cheesecake: Make your cheesecake ultra-adorable by adding chocolate polka dots. (via Zoom Yummy)
3. Polka Dot Cheesecake Brownie: These cheesecake brownies can easily be customized for any upcoming holidays. Umm, pink and red polka dot cheesecake brownies, anyone? (via Bailey Bakes)
4. Polka Dot French Meringues: Decorate simple French meringues with colorful chocolate candies to really make them pop. Plus, the kiddos will love them! (via Chef Nini)
5. Nutella Hot Chocolate: Baby, it’s cold outside. Sip on yummy hot chocolate, complete with whipped cream, cinnamon, chocolate shavings and colorful sprinkles for that polka dot finish. (via Momtastic)
6. Polka Dot Cake with Strawberry and Rhubarb: You’re not even going to want to eat this cake. It’s so pretty. But you have to — there’s strawberry and rhubarb goodness inside! (via Rasberri Cupcakes)
7. Dotted Steam Cupcakes: Oven down? No problem. These adorable cupcakes were steamed. How cool is that? Plus, they’re filled with JAM. (via LRF)
8. Jumbo Sixlets Cookies : Mix Sixlets candies into your favorite cookie dough for a new twist on traditional chocolate chip cookies. Delicious, candy-coated goodness. (via love + olive oil)
9. Surprise-Inside Dotty Cake: You’ll bring a smile to everyone’s face when you slice open this baby. Yummy pound cake with a fun surprise inside? Yes, please! (via In Katrina’s Kitchen)
10. Colorful Buttercream Cake: Learn how to make this lovely cake in no time with a video tutorial from an actual pastry chef. (via Brit + Co)
11. Ladybug Cake: How fun is this ladybug cake? We’re told kids love it, but we’re crazy about it, too. (via My Pastries)
12. Cream Pie: This cake is simple to make and extremely delicious. The kicker? The top and bottom are made out of Oreo cookie crumbs. Come on! (Kanela And Lemon)
13. Polka Dot Inside-And-Out Cake: We’re going dotty over this cake. It’s perfect for a polka dot-themed birthday party, don’t you think? (via Handmade Charlotte)
14. Dotty Heart Cookies: These cookies look like they’re a lot of work, but the recipe is actually quite simple. Show off your decorating skills with these treats. (via The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle)
15. Polka Dot Cheesecake Sandwich Bars: Mini cheesecake bars sandwiched between graham crackers. Need we say more? (via Today Home)
16. Polka Dot Cupcakes: You can completely skip the frosting on these cupcakes. Why, you ask? These colorful cakes have a secret creamy filling. (via Land O Lakes)
17. Polka Dot Cut-Out Cake: This recipe has a lot of steps, but we know that YOU have mad skills. Plus, you’ll be a glorified baker when your friends keep asking how you made this colorful polka dot cake. (via McCormick)
18. Mini White Chocolate Cheesecake: The texture of these mini cheesecakes is mouth-numbingly-addictive. Sprinkled with ginger and coconut, plus polka dots, these minis are the perfect addition to your next dinner party. (via The Kawaii Kitchen)
19. Spotted Banana Bars: Do you have ripe bananas that are about to go bad? Mix them up in this recipe to make these spotted bars. (via Daily Fix)
20. Easter Polka Dot Cake: We’re not going to lie… this springy cake is a little time-consuming, but the steps are pretty easy. Plus, there are SO. MANY. POLKA. DOTS. #loveit (via Sugar Hero)
Do you have a fun polka dot dessert recipe? Share your dotty treats with us on Instagram. Make sure to use #britstagram so we can check them out!
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OMG, I love your post! you have such great sense of humor :)
I just found your blog (through cake central) and I love, love, love it!!
Thank you so very much for sharing how you did your amazing Polka Dot Cake!! :)
Well, I´m in love whith your cake, and you are very fun too! I hope you keep trying more fun ideas. Congratulations
Hi, I would like to know where you bought the cake pops baking tin. I live in South Africa and maybe I can buy it online?
I am going to try the doughnut cake thing today. Very excited.
Thanks so much for your nice remarks!
Elda: The cake pop (round balls) and mini donut pans can both be purchased online at Bed Bath and Beyond. Here are the links for both:
Hope you'll post some pictures so we can all see how yours turned out! Happy Caking!
Well I just love this idea, you are so clever for thinking of it! I tried it last night, and thought I'd let you know my outcome as it might help other people thinking of trying it.
I made the balls out of box mix to ensure they stayed moist as you advised. But the box mixes we can get here in NZ are not very nice, so so I used my favourite vanilla cake recipe for the main cake.
I think this is where I went wrong, maybe the difference in density was my enemy because the balls rose to the top in the oven, and wouldn't stay down! I tried poking them back down, but no joy. So the finished cake had partial balls poking out the top, which I had to carve off. Failure :( It still looked cute, but it didn't give the impact yours has, what a shame! So my lesson is that the cake the balls are made out of has to be the same as the main cake. If I had more time I would try baking the balls out of my regular recipe and soak the bejeezus out of them with simple syrup before baking. Hopefully I'll get another opportunity to try it one day, but it would have looked so cute in the Hungry Caterpillar cake I wanted it for.
Thank you for the wonderful idea, it really is brilliant!
Rachel: So sorry to hear that your 1st attempt didn't go as planned. Thanks for sharing your experience and tips so we can all learn together. Thank you for the compliments! Can't wait to try it again myself sometime soon.
I found your blog via Cakecentral and would love to try this. Question: How can you or did you level the cakes, without fear of cutting off the tops of the cake balls?
This is such a great idea! Question- how can you or did you level the cake without fear of cutting the tops of the balls?
Great post! Is there a way you can level the cakes without cutting the balls?
mbranko24: The balls were buried inside the layer enough that I didn't even worry about it. You'd be able to see the color peeking through before you trimmed if you were trying to avoid them. Since they baked inside the second batter, there was enough white cake to level without running into a polka dot. Hope this helps. Can't wait to see your creation!
This is SO cute- I just love it! My sister loves polka dots. so I'm thinking this is going to be her birthday cake this year. Thanks so much for sharing your idea.
I am a big fan of unusual baking, love this, plan to enter in our local county fair.
How about using an angel food cake pan?
Anonymous: Hope you'll post a picture of your winning entry so that we can all see. Best of luck and happy caking!
That would work too. I think you'll see I was kind of thinking along those same lines a while back. Hope you'll check back when I post my Fourth of July cake. I'm SO excited to finally share the surprise after keeping it quiet for so long. Thanks for looking!
This is amazing! Thank you for sharing!
What an awesome idea, I can't wait to give it a try!
I tried this for the fourth and made the same mistake as above, 2 different cake mixes with the same result. I also used red and blue (well, pink) balls but could only find the pink balls when we cut it. It was still cool and next time I think I will jam more balls for more dots! Great idea! This weekend will be devoted to the leopard cake. I don't want to pay for the tutorial, so I'll be experimenting
Rachel and Azhiker:
I saw some photos of the balls baked by someone before they added them to the batter and I noticed that they were WAY more done than mine. This could be one of the reasons the balls aren't staying put. Please take a close look at the balls I did before I covered them with batter and you'll see that they weren't brown at all. Just done and springy to the touch. Adding moisture to the balls might help. So sorry to hear that your results weren't what you'd hoped for.
On a brighter note, I've come up with a brand new method that will solve the problem of not being able to see the dots when the cake is cut. Stay tuned . . .
I am going to have to try this!! For my youngest daughters first birthday we are doing a ladybug theme! How cute would it be to do a red velvet cake with black polka dots inside!! Love it!
I think it sounds adorable. It was on my list of things to include in my book. Can't wait to see it! Happy Caking!
Love this idea. Perfect for my daughter's b.day cake. What did you use on top of the finished cake?
The colored candies on the outside are chewy Skittles in either Blenders or Tropical flavor I think. The frosting was all white buttercream, which isn't really buttercream at all since the butter is replaced with shortening. Thanks for looking!
I love your blog,every posts amazing. I am trying soon,thanks.
what a great idea! i looove the surprises! :D thanks for sharing.
Brilliant. LOVE all your ideas.
This is the neatest idéa EVER! I just have to try this asap. Thanks for sharing :)
this is the cutest thing ever!
hi whats your secret when bakeing a basic packet cake mix to have is raise even on the top?
Anonymous: for even cakes, I use fabric baking strips (like Magi-Cake or Wilton brand) soaked in water. If there is a slight dome when the cakes come out of the oven, covering the top of the warm cake with a damp paper towel and gently pressing on it or inverting it with even weight on top will compress and flatten the raised area with no need for trimming. Jessicakes prepared a post on this if you'd like to check it out: http://jessicakesblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/korean-birthday-cake.html
You are my saviour!! Ive been debating what type of cake to make for my daughters birthday (I have cakepops tin) and this is PERFECT PERFECT.
Yvette: You are quite welcome. Please send us a link to your creation when you are done! Happy Caking!
Oh my God! This will be my daughter's next birthday cake! She will turn 11 August 29 and I wanted to surprise her, so I have found the WOW factor I was looking for. Thank you so much!
I've been baking my cakes with just plain ol' towels cut into strips and pinning them together around the pans (after soaking in water). Works fantastic and you don't have to buy anything! :-)
I'm so excited to try this cake for my little girl's 1st birthday. I've already bought the cake pop pans and done a test run. the cake pops came out ok, but I need to use the baking spray w/ flour next time. My question is this. HOW do you use the pudding mix with the cake mix? Is it already prepared pudding or JUST the powder mix?
THIS EXPERIMENT IS THE PRETTIEST RAINBOW CAKE/LIKE YET! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
Ruth: the pudding is the dry mix. Happy Caking!
Just made the cake pop cake! Ours did not come out quite as clean and neat as your photo..but not bad for a non baker-first-time- cake maker! I have photos but can't figure out how to attach on this blog. It was fun. thanks for sharing the idea!!
For all of you that want to post pictures of your Polka Dot and Twice Baked Cakes, I created a special Facebook page just for you! Can't wait to see your gorgeous creations!
Here's the link to post your Polka Dot and Twice Baked Cake photos:
Can't wait to see them!
So awesome. Your detailed instructions/report satisfy the engineer in me! Can't wait to try this. :-)
Are the cake pans 2" deep or 3" deep?
The pans were 2 inches deep but any depth can be used with increased baking time and lower temps during the second bake time.
Currently have one baking in a 8x3 pan. It's been in there for 40 min and it's stil very raw in the middle, also my cake balls rose to the top. Any suggestions? I have a second layer to make so I'm think I probably shouldn't put a full box of cake mix in and maybe they won't rise or take so long to bake.
I tried this for my son's birthday and I too had problems with the balls rising, I used the same cake mix for the balls and the main mixture. I only part cooked the balls and then froze them for 24 hrs before baking them into the main cake. I tried to push them down during cooking but the just sprung straight back. The cake was domed on the top, both layers, and I was reluctant to cut the top otherwise the effect would have been ruined. I packed up the middle part with extra icing to try to even it out. looked ok, not a professional job by any means but everyone loved it when we cut it open. big surprises :)
I absolutely love this idea! Absolutely hillarious!
Just a few question! :)
1. What exact white icing did you use?
2. Did you freeze the cake before icing & to cool the cake down faster?
3. What is the topping you used around the cake & to make the question mark?
Thanks so much! Love this blog! :D
I too had problems with the cake pops rising to the top! How do I stop this?
ohh! it's really beautiful and funny. :D
I´m wonderig wich is your technique for the perfect covered you have done
I LOVE this idea- you are so brilliant!
I just added a featured your idea on my blog today!
Thanks for the inspiration! Here's how mine turned out: http://www.findingpinsandneedles.com/2012/09/ladybug-cake.html
I linked back to you, thanks again!
What a cool idea. Definitely will try to make my own polka dot cake, a Gluten Free version. Thanks for posting this.
I am wondering what the outcome would be if you used the large "dots" from the cake pop pan along with the tiny cylinders you later used with the donut pan version.
Could you maybe "layer" each 6" round by
adding the initial bottom layer of batter
add the pre-baked large dots as you originally did, but also toss in some of the tiny cylinders
pour a very thin layer of batter
adding another "layer" of the tiny pieces
another very thin layer of batter
the rest of the tiny pieces
finally topping it off with the rest of the batter.
Or would all of the tiny pieces just sink to the bottom anyway?
I absolutely adore your idea and so badly want to attempt for my son's first birthday as we've chosen a bold colored polka dot theme from a party supply store. I'm just afraid my end creation won't be perfect (as I would want and MUST have) and I'd end up calling a local bakery and putting in a rush order! Maybe I'll just try a small version for his personal cake and make mini cupcakes for the guests. (I may cheat and use the confetti cake mix for added pops of color.)
I don't think the tiny pieces would sink. As long as they are surrounded by batter, they should stay where you place them. The only issue I can foresee is that the cylinders might look like stripes or lines depending on how you place them and how the cake is cut. If you use a loaf pan instead of a round, it would be really easy to predict the outcome and placement.
If you are looking for multi sized dots, perhaps you might try making the smaller balls using the crumbled cake crumb method for cake pops but leave out the frosting. If your crumbs are moist enough, they shouldn't need the added frosting to get them to form balls. For a little moistness, you could try adding some simple syrup to the crumbs before forming. A small scoop might help you get even sized portions.
Best of luck! Hope you'll share your photos when you're done. Hope this helps!
Wouldn't this be the perfect cake for a 'reveal' of the gender of your baby? Just make all the balls pink or blue. Would be a great baby shower cake too!
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This is lovely!! thanks for sharing this. I am looking forward to give it a try and will post the pictures for you to see. Thanks
Thank you all for the nice sentiments. Can't wait to see your creations!
Just wondering if any one has found a solution to the balls rising? My two attempts failed
Sorry to hear that you had problems. You must be really frustrated after two trys.
Since I haven't experienced this yet I can only offer some thoughts. You might try brushing your baked balls with simple syrup to rehydrate them a little if they are at all dry or overbaked. Also, make sure there is enough batter surrounding the balls so that they are weighted down by the batter. Did your balls actually rise or sink? It can be confusing since we sometimes flip our pans when cooling but perhaps the bottoms were really the tops. If this is the case, adding a bit more batter under the balls should fix it. I'll post any solutions to this as I find them. Happy Caking!
Thank you for your reply, I will also try, wrapping the cake tins with a wet towel,
What a creative and FUN idea! Thanks for sharing your experiment!
OK, I'm game to give this a try. I heart your polka dot decorations. Are those Sixlets?
Amy - I think they are chewy Skittles in either Blenders or Tropical flavor. Sixlets would also work since they are about the same size. Just don't refrigerate the cake for too long after you apply them or the coating will start to dissolve and you'll end up with a muddy looking watered down chocolatey puddle and dull candies. Not so pretty. Just happened to me a few days ago with M&Ms. : (
Happy Caking and hope you'll share some photos!
Really mouthwatering cake. Beautiful.
I brought the cake pops for my daughter, wish me luck I am not good at baking.
I tried your method but my pops floated to the top of the cake whilst baking. So when you cut the cake - they were all at the top and not in the middle. Any reason why this would happen?
Simply amazing. A good idea to try with my Santa's cakepop mould :-)
Love this idea! SO clever and original! Can't wait to try it!!
WOW. I am astounded. I'm going to attempt this for my daughter's birthday cake in a few weeks!!
Not trying to be a tattle tale, but I just saw this on a page on Facebook. It's called Quaint Cakes from UK. your watermarks were cropped off. Give credit where credit is due! I kindly posted the link to our page for her followers to see. :).
This great! I love it! What are the little balls on the outside made of? The ones you used to make the question mark and outside decorations.
This is brilliant! I purchased the same cake pop pan after Christmas at my grocery store on clearance for $6! Can't wait to make this cake! Seriously, I am GIDDY.
I am absolutely going to try this and perhaps (if it's successful) I'll use my hearts cake pop tray and do a red velvet cake pop and place them into a white cake . I will let you know! Thank you so much for having the nerve and creativity to try this out for all of us out in virtual cakeland. <3
Such a gorgeous cake. and such a lot of work went into it! Well worth the effort.
I just found your blog and love it!
Oh my goodness, that is ADORABLE. Definitely pinning this! ♥
I may never try this technique of hiding dots, etc., but I have thoroughly enjoyed your adventure to create this creation. Kudos to you.
I have your link posted on my Pinterest account!
Great Post thank for sharing.
Would this work too if you wanted all your polka dots the same colour
bake a sheet cake and cut out rounds with a small cookie/patry cutter. I made mini-brownie towers one time, you get a lot from a sheet 9x13 pan. wondering if you thought that would work.
Absolutely adorable. My daughter's bday is today, she pinned this cake and asked me to make it for her! I bought the cake pan and as fortune has it, the pans are on clearance at BB&B for $9.99 and used a 20% off coupon for a deal! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
Hehe, well, my balls popped up too. I wonder if I put more batter in the pan if it would matter?
I love your post because it is full of taste. yummy cakes.
This is BRILLIANT!Thank you so much for sharing!
This cake looks great am from uk would I need to change anything to make it and what colour best use for balls
Marvellous cake. I just checked mine in the oven and all the bals have risen. Would it still work if the balls were made as per the cake mix and not made like cake pops?
Hello from the Texas coast! Thanks for the idea of a Polka Dot Cake. My daughter is pregnant and her sonogram is next week. We're having a reveal party and I'm making the cake. No one except me will know the sex of the baby, not even my daughter, until we have the reveal party that night with all the friends and family there. The out of town ones will be there via Skype. I plan on making this cake with either pink or blue polka dots in it. She will love it. Around the outside of it will be colored pink and blue circles of fondant with written on top "Boy or girl which will it be?" Love your sense of humor also. Thanks so much, in advance, for making our party next week be so much fun!
Who makes the pans used to bake these cakes?
Hi! I am planning to make this for my little ones 1st birthday in a couple weeks. Would the balls work if I made them in a cake pop maker? (You know it is kind of like a waffle maker?) Also, The cake looks decent size in the pic but when I see a 6" cake pan, it looks pretty small. Just want to be sure how many people it would feed or if I could still make it work with more balls in bigger pans? I would greatly appreciate your ideas. Thanks!!
What are the little balls that you use on top of the cake?
I teach culinary arts and am having my Baking & Pastry class help me test this idea out today. I have the kids use a cake mix for all of our cakes, however instead of 3 egg whites, we just use 2 whole eggs. The color really is not affected that much and you end up with a more moist cake. Trust me, we end up using up to 25 mixes a week to keep up with the demand for cupcakes and cake order on campus. Love the new idea! Thanks!
I love this. I did a polka dot theme for DD1's second birthday. Your cake has inspired me to do the same for DD2! I don't have that brand of cake pop pan and mine has no alterations listed for cake mix. Are you able to share those?? I would be forever grateful! You can e-mail me if that would be easier! [email protected]
Is the pudding you add to the cake mix instant pudding or the cook type. Can't wait to try this!
The pudding is instant. So sorry to be away for so long but we are in the middle of an out of state (or is it out of body experience?) move that is a taking way too long. Thanks so much for all of your enthusiasm and patience in the mean time.
I'll post the frosting recipe as soon as I am able to find it among the tunnels of boxes. If you want to look it up in the interim, it is Wilton's Snow White buttercream made with all shortening instead of butter. I also add a bit of almond extract to make it a little more interesting. Happy caking.
I love your cake and am going to try mkaing it myself for a friend. A quick question - did you have to stabilise the cake at all or were the layers light enough to not sink into each other?
Do you know how you would adjust for high altitude? I live at 10,000 feet! But I want to make this for my mom's birthday!
Do you think this would work in cupcakes and with a scratch recipe instead of boxed? I'm making cupcakes for a bridal shower and thought it might be cute to hide the wedding color inside of white on white.
WOOO!! Polka dot cake for my sons birthday tomorrow is baking right now!! Thank you for your post!I hope this works!!
So brilliant. We just had a bubble party for my daughter and I made this cake white dots in blue. It turned out fantastic. Thank you for sharing your creativity!!
Soo cute! Mine is in the oven now. the anticipation is killing me! Yea we all need to get lives, but at least the silly thing we do puts smiles on other people's faces. This one is for my two grown daughter's birthday dinner. Yes at 27 and 29 they will be tickeld pink by this cake. Waiting. keeping fingers crossed still!
I loved it, what did you use for the outer decore, what candy is it, so cute
A friend posted this adorable cake on my Facebook page as a hint shortly before her birthday. I wasn't able to find a cake-pop pan, but I did find a Babycakes cake-pop baker (like a waffle iron, but makes spheres the size of golf balls), which cost more but was VERY quick and easy to use. I happen to have a Pampered Chef one-tablespoon scoop (like a mini icecream scoop), which made it easy to fill the depressions in the cake-pop baker. And the scratch recipe that came with the Babycakes baker was delicious and came out great.
The only disadvantage was that the bottom halves of the cake balls browned a little on the outsides. Because of this, I made chocolate cake batter instead of vanilla to camouflage it.
I also made the cake in a tube pan instead of layer pans, putting in about half an inch of batter, some balls, then covered the balls with some more batter, then added more balls, then covered those with batter. I frosted the outside with white buttercream and coated it with rainbow sugar crystals, then added some buttercream rosettes with pastel-coated chocolate eggs in the middle. Not as gorgeous and professional-looking as yours, but cute, and my friend loved it!
So, I'm sorry if this question has been asked, but you just place the cake pops in the baking pan and cover them lightly with the batter and pour the batter around the rest of the pan? And the batter just rises over the balls as it bakes?
I LOVE this idea! It is so cute!!
I am making this cake as we speak.. Both of my girls are having a princess party so I am using pink and purple cake pops.. I am extrem,y excited for the outcome :) thanks for the great idea !!
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omg. i love it!
congratulations of Brazil.
I want to make this for my daughters 2nd bday in a couple weeks. I am confused on one ingredient. When do I add the pudding and how much? Is this a substitution for or addition to the milk?
I'm just curious, i noticed one comment about the pudding but i didn't find it that clear. Do you mix the pudding as it reads on the directions and then just add it to one of the cake mixes for the balls? Does this make the cake balls more dense and perhaps people are skipping this step? Please explain as i am REALLY hoping to make this for my nieces 3rd birthday party next week! Love the idea! It's amazing!
Hi , what size is the pan please, thanks for sharing
I found your photos of this cake on an unrelated Facebook page. Your imprint is on the pictures, so I was able to track it back to you. I've left a note in their comment thread to let them know they shouldn't have posted it in Pinterest or on their Facebook thread without attribution to you and left a link to your page.
It's a beautiful cake. I look forward to coming back to see and try other of your recipes. Thanks.
I ran across a photo of your cake and clicking on the photo lead me to your blog. I made this cake for my boss' birthday this week and it looked great. I did have on problem though. the cake balls floated once the batter started cooking. Any ideas on how to avoid that?
I have the same question many of the others had. When I pulled my cake pans out of the oven, they looked like they were covered in warts because the cake balls rose to the top. How do you prevent this?
So sorry to hear that your cake had warts. I have not experienced this so I'm not sure how to prevent it. Did you use pudding and milk in your cake balls as suggested on the cake pop pan? What cake mix did you use for the filler cake? Please let me know exactly what you used and your method. I'm going to have to do some experimenting to see if I can recreate this problem and then solve it. I also used cake strips on the outside of my pans to ensure even rising. Maybe that was the trick?
Please know that you are not alone and that we will get to the bottom of this. Meanwhile, here is a link to another baker that tried my polka dot cake successfully but has lots of comments that discuss the same issue of the balls rising out of the batter: http://easybaked.net/2013/01/25/polka-dot-cake/
Perhaps another baker will discover the solution while I'm experimenting so you may want to check back with both sites. Please let me know what you used and how you baked them and maybe we can solve this mystery.
Here is a link to Bake Pop instructions and the ingredients. I did not decrease the liquid as they suggested or increase the eggs but instead used the amounts listed on the cake mix box.
Bake Pops also has a Facebook page where lots of people have posted their questions and tips so you may want to look there as well.
I think I've read of someone using the cake crumb and icing method successfully as a replacement for the baked balls but I've not tried it myself.
Hope this helps. Best of luck and Happy Caking!
Amazing. I'll try to do this.
Your pictures were stolen and used on a facebook picture post by Live Laugh Love.
I remember being so taken by the bold colors of your cake balls, and when I saw the facebook picture, I thought "I've seen these colors before" Took me less than a minute to find this blog again. The pictures were posted on March 28th, and give credit to a Rosie Cake Diva.
Good luck! Hope you get credit for them!
I wanted to try this but didn't have a cake pop pan. I ended up making a butter cake and cooking it in various colours in a loaf tin. I cut the loaf into its separate colours and squashed the cake into balls. They stayed together quite well as it was a moist cake. I then put the balls in a light chocolate cake and it worked really well. Next time I'll be more careful about trimming the golden edges off the loaf, but by having the dense cake balls they stayed near the bottom of the cake - no floaters here!
Thanks for the awesome idea!
Thanks for the tip Sarah! Now everyone can bake the cake even if they don't have the pan. Denser cake balls do seem to help with the floating problem. Now if we could just find the balance between sinking and floating. Story of my life. : )
These are so awesome. Thanks so much for sharing!
What a fantastic & beautiful idea! Thank u for the detailed instructions & pics. This helps out a lot for me being a beginner. Kuddos to u for an outstanding creative idea thank u
Thank you Carol and Elizabeth! Hope you'll give it a try and share your photos with all of us.
Don't forget to post your very own Polka Dot Cakes here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dot-or-Twice-Baked-Cakes-with-Hidden-Surprises/432394123469145.
We'd love to see them!
I was just wondering if anyone thought about what all that food coloring does to a person? It is so bad for you and your family. go ahead and look it up. 820
If anyone is concerned about cake coloring there are lots of natural dye alternatives including some by India Tree. DIY colorings are also an option like beets and the like. I wouldn't let that stop me from making a colorful cake.
For those of you that have shown concern about my photos and idea being used improperly, sometimes there is a happy ending.
Deborah Stauch shared Rosie Cake-Diva's photo.
2 hours ago
Some of you have been contacting me to let me know that my photos were photo shopped into a collage with someone else's Polka Dot or Spotty cake. Thanks for your concern. Here's what really happened . . .
Those of you who have followed my page for a while may remember me telling you that the original inspiration for my Spotty Dotty Cake came from a lovely blog by Deborah Stauch called Once-Upon-a-Pedestal. She is the genius that originally came up with the idea of the twice-baked cake and you'll find that and her other ideas here: http://once-upon-a-pedestal.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/hidden-butterflies-inside-another-twice.html
I've just been speaking to Deborah and she still has plans to publish a book at some point. so I'm definitely keeping one eye on her blog for that one! :)
For those of you still having problems with the cake balls floating, check out the Madiera cake recipe used by Rosie Cake-Diva. It is a denser batter that seems to work perfectly.
As soon as I came across a pic of your awesome polka dot cake on Pinterest, I knew that I wanted to make it for my son's "Yo Gabba Gabba" themed birthday party! And let me tell you it worked pretty nicely thanks to your instructions and pictures!
Here are a couple of things I did different: I used the nordic ware cake pop pan, used totally from scratch cake mix for balls and cake and used 10x2 round cake pan.
Now for everyone who had problems with floating cake balls.. This is what I did to solve that problem for me! When I baked my first layer of the polka dot cake, to my dissapointment the cake balls did seem to "float" to the top of the cake while baking :( I did use a dense batter for the balls and followed the directions to the "t"-- so I was quite puzzled. So taking a tip from another comment on this page, while the cake was still warm from the oven, I pressed the dome of the cake down softly to make it as flat as I could. Worked like a charm!
Now for the 2nd layer, I was determined not to have floating cake balls! So I took that same from scratch dense cake batter and added another egg and reduced the quantity of milk by 1/2 (a tip found on the "as seen on TV" bake pop pan). Then when placing the balls in the cake pan, I spread a very small amount of frosting on the bottom of the cake pan. A barely there amount, just enough where the balls will be ever so slightly suspended in cake batter. Then, instead of spooning the leftover batter over the balls, I transferred the batter to a measuring cup (with a spout), and poured the batter around the balls to fill up all the empty spaces! After that, I spooned a tiny amount of batter over the tops of the balls just barely enough to cover the color.
Long story short. I decided to pour the batter around the balls instead of spooning directly on top them thinking that as the raw cake batter bakes, it'll rise around and over the balls and envelope them like in a cocoon! And it came out great in my opinion. No floating cake balls!
I hope this long comment helps somebody and doesn't confuse them even more! I took lots of pics and will be posting them on the dedicated Facebook page in the next couple weeks!
Once again thank you for sharing such a great idea!
Thanks so much for taking time to share the details. Just wanted to check one thing. You say, "I spread a very small amount of FROSTING on the bottom of the cake pan. A barely there amount," Did you mean batter instead of frosting? I've never baked frosting in a cake before so you've got me wondering.
Can't wait to see your photos! Happy Caking!
Gonna try this for my sons birthday and say it's a Mr tummble cake lol I'll post a pic on when iv done it xxxx
Oh Nooo haha. Thank you for catching that! Definitely did NOT spread FROSTING on the bottom of the cake pan.. It was CAKE BATTER :) . Hmm although maybe I've discovered the next big thing lol! I'll have to try that :)
I made a BROWNIE Cake Pop Cake. It turned out great! Instead of cake batter around the cake pops I used a Brownie Mix. I used one round cake pan and put the cake pops in then brownie mix batter around it. I made sure each cake pop was covered. My 14 year old son wanted a brownie cake for his birthday and he got one! I was excited at how well it turned out!
Brownie batter is an excellent choice. The dense batter insures that the balls won't float, the color contrast is great with bright colors and who doesn't love a moist chewy brownie? This is one of the batters suggested in my upcoming book. Would love to see some photos of you care to post them. Thanks for sharing!
Love this polka dot cake and really want to try it, only problem is I can't find any where that sells white cake mix, I can make a white cake mix but worried it will be too dry? Any tips? Thanks Claire
Claire: You might want to try adding a box of dry vanilla (or any other "white" flavor like coconut) to your recipe. Best of luck!
Fairly Odd Mother, thank you so much for this great idea! I used it for a 7yr olds Painting With a Twist Birthday Party. I don't make cake balls, but I do make cupcakes! I sliced and carved my cupcakes into odd shapes. I even baked a 'tie-dyed' 6" cake with the batter left from the dozen cupcakes (2 of ea color) and used a boba tea straw to extrude lines of color from the cake. The final result were geometric multi-colored shapes inside white cake! Perfection!! My white cake batter was MUCH thicker than yours but turned out moist and wonderful. I had no problems with anything floating to the top during baking. I did use a modified recipe for both the cupcakes and the white cake. I added a sm. box of vanilla pudding, 1 cup of sour cream, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk & 1/3 cup vegetable oil to a white cake mix. Make sure the cake mix does NOT have pudding already added. I used 3 of this recipe for a 9x13" pan (1 recipe for 12 cupcakes and 6" multi-color cake and 2 recipes for white cake surrounding colors).
You're brilliant. I never would've figured this out for myself. Thank you a million for sharing your brilliance :)
HollyLE: Thanks so much for sharing. A thicker batter is best. Love your colorful descriptions! Happy Caking!
This looks like heaven. I'm not much of a baker but it certainly looks like something I could probably get away with. :)
I think I might have used the little trimmings you trimmed off for some confetting on the cake as a decoration. Just a thought.
I love your posting and your cakes. Thanks fo sharing!!
Cheri: I'm certain you can pull it off no matter what your baking skill level. I did put the confetti scraps inside cupcakes but they'd be great as an outside garnish as well. I'm a sucker for happy colors. Thanks for stopping by!
Can't wait to make this for my granddaughter's birthday in June. Are the color gels in with cake supplies at Michael's or some place like that? Or maybe at grocery store?
The gels can be found at Michaels and Walmart or any wher that carries cake supplies. Not sure if the grocery store carries them but they are offering a lot more cake decorating supplies these days.
Thanks for stopping by and best of luck with your cake.
Forgive me please. I am an airhead. Americolor gels can be found online or at a specialty cake shop but NOT at Michaels or Walmart as I previously posted. The cake colors at Michaels and Walmart should work just fine but you may have to mix the colors to get the ones in this polka dot cake. Sorry for the confusion.
I made this cake for my nieces birthday and it was a huge success. Everyone said it was delicious and I didn't have any problems with the cake balls floating. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Yay! So happy that it turned out well. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for this great post. I made one at the weekend and it was so much fun. I linked back to yours as inspiration!
Emma: Just checked out your blog. Looks like the party was a blast. Thanks so much for your post!
Can you tell me the exact recipe you used for the balls? I am borrowing a cake pop pan from a friend and there is no instructions with it. I am confused about the part that says you used pudding and used water instead of milk as stated in the cake pop instructions. I am hoping to make this for Mothers Day. Thank you, Kim
Here is a link to Bake Pop instructions and the ingredients. I did not decrease the liquid as they suggested or increase the eggs but instead used the amounts listed on the cake mix box.
Bake Pops also has a Facebook page where lots of people have posted their questions and tips so you may want to look there as well.
Other bakers have also used the cake crumb and icing method successfully as a replacement for the baked balls but I've not tried it myself.
Hope this helps. Best of luck and Happy Caking!
Has anyone tried the babycakes cake pop maker? I can't get the pan here and this pop maker is a little bit of a pain. So I'm wondering. is it worth it? Should I keep trying? I want to make this awesome cake for my daughters third birthday so bad! Thanks and please let me know
Lots of bakers have done the balls in the babycakes with success. It's worth it. Keep trying. Freeze the ones that turn out and keep going and before you know it you'll have a fabulous cake!
One more question the balls in the electric ball maker seem small. How big are the balls you make (in this cool pan that I cannot get me hands on)? Also will the cake work if I use bigger pans? Thank you for your time!!
The openings for the balls are 1.75" across. I haven't measured the electric pan so I'm not sure how they compare. I found several of the pans at Bed Bath and Beyond on clearance. Target also carries another version of the pans. Whatever you use will work out fine.
The cake will work in larger pans. Just adjust the baking time.
Can't wait to see your lovely cake!
Here is a link to the BabyCakes cake pop maker. There are some helpful suggestions in the reviews.
Hi Deborah! I just made a version of your polka dot cake for my daughter's birthday. Thanks so much for sharing. everyone loved it! If you want to take a peek-
Thanks so much for sharing your cake. It turned out beautifully! So glad you found the pan and the price was fabulous too! Your daughter is one lucky little lady.
I haven't read all the comments, so don't know if someone has told you this or not. One of these photos is being used on this site
I just looked at it briefly, but I think I see other "stolen" pictures of cakes for other sites, also.
My balls floated to the top of the batter and did not turn out well. how cam i prevent this from happening again. i am trying to make this for my daughter's graduation cake
So sorry to hear that you are having problems. Denser batters work best like pound or madiera cakes. You can also try freezing the balls after they are baked. The damp paper towel method of flattening the tops as soon as they come out of the oven will press any floaters back down and give you a beautiful level layer. Also be sure you have batter both above and below the balls. Hope this helps. You can also read the comment by Jennifer Renesca on April 8th. And finally, here is a link to another baker that tried my polka dot cake successfully but has lots of comments that discuss the same issue of the balls rising out of the batter: http://easybaked.net/2013/01/25/polka-dot-cake/
Is it possible to make "regular" cake pops and use them in the batter? I usually bake a cake, mix it with a bit of icing and roll my own (obviously this time I would color the cake batter!)
This is such an awesome blog! I am looking to make a special cake for my boys birthdays but my challenge every year is to make a gluten free cake for my oldest. He is also allergic to red dye and any kind of chemicals. How could I make a colorful gluten free cake without using any artificial colorant. It would be awesome if you could give me a tip. It cost me about 75,00 to make his cake every year ( I did gluten free fire trucks, gluten free castle cake, now my baby is sharing the same birthday help please!
Here are a couple of links to some natural dye options. Happy Caking!
Other bakers have used cake balls but sometimes they sink. You might want to try freezing them first. They should sink but then rise as the cake rises.
You know those little crispy pieces that are on top of the pan after they are baked? We call them "Cake Scoops!" You can scoop up icing with them, or pudding, or fruit, or a combination of any or all of those and they are so delicious! I always say that "Cake Scoops are a delicious byproduct of cake pops!"
Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Hi. Are you able to share the exact recipe for this
I'm a terrible cook and wanting too impress. This is the most awesome thing ever. Thank you
You can find a much shorter version of the tutorial with the recipes here:
Can't wait to see what you do with it!
How do you keep the colored cake pops from browning?
Jazzangela: I only baked them for 13 minutes and watched them closely so they would just be done but not browned. You could try a lower oven temp or place a cookie sheet under the pan and on the rack above to temper the heat a bit. Happy Caking!
Worked like a charm! Thank you!
One more question. making your buttercream frosting. Can't get trans fat shortening in California. Advice?
Crisco is 0 trans fat and that's what I've been using for the frosting recipe with great results.
I just made one of these for my sons first birthday, i'm not much of a baker but it came out really well. Thank you for being such a clever lady and sharing it!
How very sweet of you to take the time to write! I truly appreciate it. So very happy to hear that it worked well for you. I'd love to see your creation if you have some photos.
Hello! Thank you for sharing with us your recipe, I'll definitely try this at home, I was really looking for something new for my kids who always go to school and I really wanted to bring with them my home made recipe as their snacks because I don't want them to buy anywhere in canteen or outside the school. I have already copied it in my recipe notebook. Thank you so much for this and I'm looking forward for you more recipes to post.
Thankfully, I saw this post weeks ago and it's been stuck in my head the whole time. I could have easily gone to BB&B (which is right around the corner), instead I drove half an hour through traffic, uphill both ways, without tires. ok I exaggerate. to the cake supply store. Perusing the aisles, I found the most adorable mini cake pop silicone molds. I HAD to buy them. Since you'd mentioned looking for smaller ones, and you were so generous to share your post, I will also be generous and share the link :D
20 mini cake balls, non stick silicone, cheap cheap cheap?! How can you beat that! I have mine in the oven right now, so fingers crossed they turn out as super cute as yours did! I'm definitely keeping your blog bookmarked )
Thanks so much for the link to the pans. They actually sent me some a while ago but I haven't been able to give them a try yet. Will post when I do. I love that there are more size choices! Yay!
Can you make the cake pops in advance and freeze them and then cook them in the main cake?
You are so funny and your polka dot cake is so cool. Loved reading your "diary".
Yes. Just be sure that you wrap them well before freezing to avoid moisture loss.
ok, I've tried your exact directions twice now and I still have 'floating' cake pop balls - they keep rising! I bought the same pan you used [thanks for that :)
Its very nice.Thanks for your recipe.I dont have the popball pan but I want to try with hand made ball.
So sorry to hear that you are having problems with floating balls. Denser batters work best like pound or madiera cakes. You can also try freezing the balls after they are baked. The damp paper towel method of flattening the tops as soon as they come out of the oven will press any floaters back down and give you a beautiful level layer. Also be sure you have batter both above and below the balls. Hope this helps. You can also read the comment by Jennifer Renesca on April 8th. And finally, here is a link to another baker that tried my polka dot cake successfully but has lots of comments that discuss the same issue of the balls rising out of the batter: http://easybaked.net/2013/01/25/polka-dot-cake/
Hand rolled cake pops will also work well with this method. Hope you'll share some photos of your tasty creation!
how do i upload photos of my finished cake to show you
Here are some links to my CakePop Cake -- thanks for the awesome idea and instructions. Everyone loved the supprise inside.
I made my cake pops a week in advance and froze them. they worked well
The more than occasional baker
For the frosting
250g icing sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10g polka dot sprinkles to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Sift the flours, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, sugar, vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- In a measuring jug, whisk together sour cream, eggs and egg yolk until smotth.
- Pour half of the wet ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture and beat until smooth.
- Reduce mixer speed to low and stir in half of the flour mixture.
- Repeat with the remaining dry and wet ingredients.
- Add in 35g of polka dot sprinkles and mix well.
- Fill cases until 2/3 full.
- Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes.
- Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To make the frosting, place the icing sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Add milk, vanilla extract and salt and mix on low speed until sugar is evenly moistened.
- Add butter and gradually increase the speed from low to medium-high.
- Beat until fluffy and light in texture, 3 to 4 minutes.
These look lovely and perfect for Pudsey. Vanilla cupcakes are always a favourite :)
I hope Pudsey likes them too :)
so sweet. love all those colours inside, they just look so pretty. Brilliant cupcake recipe too!
I'm impressed that the polka dots retain their colour even after baking.
Great idea and very Pudsey like. I had totally forgotten that Pudsey time was approaching!
Thanks! Yes Pudsey time soon :)
Love this idea and perfect for Pudsey! I've always wondered if sprinkles would work in a cupcake batter, definitely going to try it.
I'm now curious to try other sprinkles - do let me know how you get on.
They're very cute, and it's good to know that the colours stay after baking (have you found that smarties are disappointing now that they're natural colourings? mine all turn brownish if I bake with them!). Will have to bookmark that vanilla cupcake recipe to try too.
I'm very impressed that the colours stay which also makes me wonder whats in them! The cupcake recipe is really good - do try it!
If cupcakes could look happy - these would be happy cupcakes! So cute
I've had to turn word verification back on as I've had a lot of problem with spam lately, Apologies! Please, please do leave a comment - I appreciate every one of them and will reply to all of them. Thanks!
All the Colours Of The Rainbow Is This Fab Polka Dot Swiss Roll With A Cream , Jam And Fresh Fruit Filling
What an amazing looking Swiss roll is this rainbow polka dot fresh cream and jam cake that is just fantastic you can add your own fruit of your choice as well to the filling it is up to you .. a really summer looking cake that once you cut it looks so great .. a really pretty cake that is a work of art and of course is yummy too ..
This great recipe is brought to you by CupcakeJemma on YouTube .. thanks for sharing this wonderful cake with us
Here below is the ingredients you will need to make this Swiss roll
For the dots
50 g unsalted butter, softened
50 g icing sugar, sifted
2 eggs whites
50 g plain flour, sifted
Food colouring (paste or liquid in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
For the sponge
3 large free-range eggs, separated
80 g caster sugar
45 g unsalted butter, melted
75 g plain flour, sifted
½ tsp vanilla extract
For the filling
120ml double cream
Large blob of jam
Fruit of your choosing!
Here also is the template : http://crmbs.co/43hj
For any ingredient conversions there is a chart on Afternoon Baking With Grandma main page or here is a Conversion Calculator from dianasdesserts website link is below
90 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas
Are you ready for a collection of the best St. Patrick’s Day ideas out there? I looked high and low and put together 90 of my favorite ideas from crafts to food to printables and everything in between. This is no pansy list! It has everything you would ever need for a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day!
Framed Luck from Organize and Decorate Everything
Beadboard Shamrock from Lolly Jane
Lucky Scrabble Tiles from Under My Polka Dot Umbrella
Shamrock Specimen Art from Lolly Jane
St. Patrick’s Day Banner from The Happy Scraps
Shamrock Bouquet from Simple As That
St. Patrick’s Day Banner from Lil’ Luna
Shamrock Wreath from The Chalkboard
Lucky Picture Template from Sew Dang Cute
Potted Clover from Pretty Handy Girl
Shamrock Art by The Pike Fam
Shamrock Wreath from Sparetime Sanity
Shamrock Banner from A Little Tipsy
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Wreath from A Little Tipsy
St. Patrick Banner from A Little Tipsy
Ribbon Wreath from Babs Made It
Leprechaun Lunch from Lisa Storms
Cucumber Shamrock from Eye Likes Food
Spinach Shamrocks from Home is Where the Boat is
Kiwi Shamrocks from Life in Wonderland
Lucky Lunch from Meet the Dubiens
St. Patrick’s Food Ideas from Meaningful Mama
Baked Shamrock Nachos from Lisa Storms
Shamrock Macarons from Raspberri Cupcakes
Leprechaun Ice Cream from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Shamrock Sandwich Cookies from Homemade by Holman
Irish Cream Trifle from Hoosier Homemade
Shamrock Cheesecake from The Novice Chef
Leprechaun Hat Smores from Half Baked
Emerald Mint Milkshake from Musiety
Shamrock Mint Oreos from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Goin’ Green Popcorn Balls from Bright Ideas
Chocolate Mint Thumbprints from Betty Crocker
Pot of Gold Pops from Joy in the Jumble
Lucky You Mint Pie from Very Best Baking
Rainbow Pancakes from I am Baker
Rainbow Jello from Glorious Treats
Rainbow Slush from Ramblings form the Sunshine State
Rainbow Slice and Bake Cookies from Good Life Eats
Rainbow Rice Krispies Treats from Raspberri Cupcakes
Rainbow Pasta from Quick Dish
Streamer Rainbow from Creative Juice
Shamrock Straws from Martha Stewart
Green Paper Chains from Love the Day via Hostess with the Mostess
St. Patrick’s Party Table from Sheek Shindigs
St. Patrick’s Table Setting from Fiskars
Green Ribbon Table from Martha Stewart
Irish Napkin from BHG.com
Rainbow Oreos from Little Sprout Creations via Hostess with the Mostess
Leprechaun Treat Bags from Positively Splendid
St. Patrick’s in a Jar from Babble
Kiss Me Treat Box with free printable from anna and blue paperie
Lucky Oreos from See Vanessa Craft
Leprechaun Hat Favors from Paper, Plate and Plane via Canadian Living
Lucky Candy Tubes from Not Just a Mommy
Shamrock Card from Cricut
Handprint Leprechaun from Meet the Dubiens
Leprechaun Costume from Paging Supermom
Kool-Aid Playdough from Rockabye Butterfly
Lucky Shamrock Wands from Smart School House
Bell Pepper Shamrocks from Train Up a Child
Handprint Rainbow from B-inspired Mama
Fruity O’s Rainbow from Hand On: While We Grow
Pasta Rainbow from Not Just a Mommy
I am Lucky Shamrock Patch from Lisa Storms
Clover Leaf Lei from Simple as That
Lucky Bingo from Prepared Not Scared
Rainbow Chevron Skirt from Sew Easy Being Green
Rainbow Polka Dot Dress from La Famille via Kojo Designs
Rainbow Shirt from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Rainbow Rosettes from BabyBirdieBoutique
Lucky Us Printable from Landee See Landee Do
Lucky Pillow Box Printable from Hello, Good Gravy
For more great St. Patrick’s Day ideas, visit our St. Patty’s Pinterest Board! You won’t need the luck of the Irish to find plenty of fantastic crafts, recipes, and more to make your friends green with envy.
Polka Dot Rainbow Cupcakes - Recipes
Continuing in my theme of birthday parties on the blog, I wanted to dedicate a post to how I created the table at baby girls first birthday party a couple of weeks ago. I am absolutely in my element when I am party planning. This table was a weeks worth of baking and DIY and I was so happy with the outcome.
Theme: Rainbow polka dot
The table was in the conservatory and it was super sunny but there was shadows in all the wrong places in the photos so I'm sorry that the quality isn't amazing.
Confetti balloons: Ordered from Party Ark.
Birthday chalkboard: I designed this digitally and then got in printed on A3 card, the tutorial for this will be live on Thursday.
Mini layer cakes: These mini naked rainbow lemon cakes have become my party favourites this summer, the more I make them, the easier they get.
Chocolate cupcakes: who doesn't love them? I baked these babies with my favourite chocolate cupcake recipe and to save time I iced them with Betty Crocker chocolate fudge icing. I finished them off with round sprinkles to tie into the polka dot theme.
Ribbon garland: This was another DIY job. I purchased 5 different colours of ribbons, some with polka dots on it, a range of colours and a gold one to stand out. I cut them into shorter strands, bunched them in three and tied them like I used to with my school tie on a piece of strong.
Month by month photos: During baby girl's first year I took a photo of her every week for the first 4 weeks and then every month to the day and I thought they would be lovely to share so I stuck them on some round coloured card and lined the table with them.
Cake pops: It was my first time making cake pops. They are relatively easy to make, super tasty, super pretty and great party finger food. I purchased my moulds, sticks and bases from Poundland so I didn't have to invest too much in materials and I thought they turned out great. They were chocolate on the inside and I missed it up by coating some with milk and some with white chocolate.
'One' chalkboard: I got a frame, a white chalkboard marker and a piece of black cardboard and wrote the 'One' in fancy writing.
Polka dot layer cake: I was super proud of my creation. It was a one tier, 4 layer vanilla sponge with strawberry flavoured butter cream icing.
To create the surprise polka dots I used my cake pop moulds to bake some coloured balls and made sure they were slightly under-baked. When I added the cake batter for each tin, I lined it with a layer of batter first, then popped in 5 cake pop balls and then covered with a final layer of batter then baked and iced. Next time I will be more adventurous and make a larger quantity of cake pop balls and try and get them to appear on every layer of each slice.
Let me know if you'd like to post a recipe on this.
I thought rainbow polka dot was such a cute theme for a first birthday party. It's timeless, it's fun and comes with lots of colour.
I had so much fun creating baby girl's special birthday outfit to match the theme. If you haven't checked out my birthday outfit post make sure you do. Her bespoke pom pom tutu is totally adorable!
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Missy & Shreyas’ Autumnal Rainbow Wedding
Set on a gorgeous autumnal day and dripping with the vibrant tones of the season, Missy and Shreyas put together a ceremony that honoured culture and tradition. With many personal touches and lush surrounds, it was a day to celebrate! Finder Seeker captured the day.
Shreyas and Missy met in 2010 in the most 2010 way possible, on MSN messenger. The epic proposal took a lot of planning, with Shreyas telling, ”Quite early on, the topic of proposals came up. Missy mentioned that she disliked traditionally romantic, extended day long setups for proposals, as she would know what was coming and be frustrated all day waiting for it. So I bluntly asked her what her favourite proposal would be, and as a joke she told me the scene from Smallville where he flies Lana up to a mountain and crushes a piece of coal into a diamond. “Challenge accepted”, I thought. Six years later when she had completely given up hope that I would ever propose, we were on holiday in New Zealand and trekked up a mountain where I proposed with a piece of coal (a sphere of styrofoam I had hollowed out, put a ring inside and spray painted black) that I “crushed” a ring out off.” If that isn’t romantic enough, Missy shares, ”I was so surprised and confused that I forgot to say yes and I couldn’t form words at all. Later on I told him how great it all was but how disappointed I was with my reaction. He then did the sweetest thing ever and proposed again right then and there. Over the next few days he proposed over and over, everywhere we went, which allowed me to perfect my response!”
The bride ordered her gown online from Wendy Makin. Missy shares, ”It was a different colour to what I expected (online it looks blush but in real life it is oat) and it didn’t quite fit! Cue some last minute alterations at Pearls & Roses Geelong. They are absolutely the best. And I ended up loving the colour of the dress as well, after the initial disappointment that it wasn’t pink. The groom wore a three piece charcoal suit from Van Heusen, Missy remembering, ”A very helpful sales assistant styled it with the floral pocket square and brown shoes and Shreyas said “I’ll take it all!” Followed by, “I’ve always wanted to say that…” The groom’s tie was Missy’s uncle’s tie, and is her family tartan. She tells, ”When my uncle passed away my Nanna gave me that tie and I decided (at the age of 15) that my future husband would wear it at my wedding.”
Adding personal touches throughout the day, Missy had many favourites. She remembers, ”My something old was the gold bangles that Shreyas’ mum gifted me on our engagement. They go back 5 generations! Something new, the dress, from my mum. Something borrowed was my sister’s polka-dot veil. Something blue was my mum in her beautiful blue dress. A year before our wedding we went to a winery and Shreyas bought a very nice bottle of port. He said he was going to save it for our wedding day, so we stored it in my sister’s cellar and he was so excited to try it! After our first look, before the ceremony, the groomsmen and bridesmaids gathered at the cottage behind the castle and we had a toast. It was the perfect way to calm the nerves before we started.”
Flos Botanical provided lush and tonal bouquets, in autumnal shades. Missy shares, ”I wanted as much colour as possible! I told my florist I wanted each of my bridesmaids to have a different colour dress and corresponding bouquet, and for mine to be a combination of all of them. The groomsmen’s ties and boutonnieres would match as well. Flos Botanical executed it perfectly. I planned the time of the wedding around autumn leaves and autumn flowers, particularly dahlias. I was so anxious the dahlia season would finish early because we had such cold weather in the lead up to the wedding. Photographer Finder Seeker captured the colour and joy of the day beautifully! The bride tells, ”Completely amazing. She was exactly what I wanted, she blended in and basically seemed like a friend that happened to take lovely photos. We’re both a bit shy and she worked with us and let us be ourselves and I think the result is absolutely incredible.”
Incorporating many cultural and colourful elements, the bride and groom made the day perfectly them. Missy shares, ”My sister, Celebrant Emma, was also my maid of honour. She is also a new mum so she suggested for us to ask a friend to help out and she would jump in for the legals. This ended up being so special because Shreyas chose a friend of his who is like a brother and he did such a good job. Nimai was a great balance of funny and sentimental, and when Emma took over, she did a reading from the School of Life about the importance of ceremony and ritual and how they can transport you outside of time. We had Shreyas’s dad bring blessed flower garlands from the temple and we did a garland exchange (part of a Hindu marriage), and we did both a Scottish handfasting and a South Indian hand tying. We had an offcut in my tartan and an offcut from Shreyas’ grandma’s saree blouse that she had given to me before she passed away. My mum tied our hands together with these. There’s a similar ritual in a Hindu ceremony that involves tying the bride and groom’s hands together with flower garlands and then pouring water over them. We made these garlands ourselves with red and yellow symbolising India and white roses and sea holly for Scotland. Shreyas’ mum tied our hands with these and poured holy water over them.”
Emphasising the care and attention gone into the first part of the day, Missy remembers, ”The ceremony was very important to me. I saw the party after as an afterthought. I carefully chose the music, readings, people involved and rituals to try best to symbolise Shreyas and my union and the union of our families and cultures.” There were many sentimental touches to the reception too, with the bride remembering some of her favourites. She tells, ”I loved loved loved the cake. I asked the impossible of A Mini Kitchen, and she delivered! I wanted the cake to be decorated with my tartan, and cupcakes! The flavours were sticky date for the main cake, white chocolate salted caramel berry cupcakes and vegan chocolate coconut cupcakes. They were all heaven! AND our recipe books – it read like a blog with a story behind each recipe, the first time we made it, or a funny story involving it. Shreyas and I love food and we wanted to share that. And the flowers… I mean look at them!”
Singing the praises of the reception venue, the bride and groom couldn’t recommend it enough! They tell, ”We looked at a few venues but we particularly loved the Avalon Castle in Cockatoo. It looked like a Scottish castle transported into the middle of the Aussie bush. My family is very Scottish and this seemed so apt that I got on board immediately. It was an awesome choice in the end because they were so lovely and so accommodating, and the food was terrific.”
Choosing ‘Silly Love Songs’ by Paul McCartney/Wings for their first dance, the newlyweds learnt a routine with The Next Step Co. They share, ”They came to our house and we went through it until we knew it completely, and also recorded us doing it so we could watch back and remind ourselves! Practising the dance in the lead up to the wedding was so fun for us and we’d always end up laughing.” Getting crafty with a touch of DIY, Missy made brightly coloured pompoms! She remembers, ”I spent the few months before making pom poms while watching TV. It’s actually really soothing and good for pre-wedding anxiety! Shreyas made a couple too. I also made the bangle candle holders (well, hot glued some bangles together) and Shreyas wrote the recipes featured in our favours.”
Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom for sharing your vibrant and heartfelt wedding with us, and congratulations! Thank you also to Finder Seeker for your beautiful images!
Polka Dot Rainbow Cupcakes - Recipes
Oh my gorgeous. please link to my party if you have time :) I host on Tuesdays, but it is still open :)
This is totally adorable! I LOVE polka dots too. This is really one of the cutest Easter ideas I've ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing!
Love all your cakes, they are so cute! I had to start following you after I found your page!
If you get a chance I would love it if you would come link up at my new linky party http://craftgeekjj.blogspot.com/2012/03/whip-it-up-wednesdays.html
This is so cute! Thanks so much for sharing!
So pretty! I love how you made the polka dots. Your cakes are always stunning! I have to ask, what do you do with them all? I would eat them. :)
I love this cake! It's beautiful with simple lines:) LOVE the polka dots too. Thanks for letting us in on the polka dot secret:)Time to pin!
This is amazing - great work and tutorial - I can't wait to replicate it for Easter!
Such a simple, yet really beautiful and festive idea for an Easter cake. Lovely.
I do cakes as a hobby, so I absolutely love this technique you showed today. Never seen it and never thought of it. Thanks for this.
As existing Polka Dot Easter Egg Cake is really looking one of awesome designed cake. As the look and impression of this cake are really looking heart touching. I am truly surprised to see the exceptional look of that one. Thanks for sharing.
Those eggs turned out great. Love the cake. I am hosting a Spring recipe and craft contest with some great prizes, please come link up and share for a chance to win.
So cute! I tried your technique with footballs for the superbowl and they were so cute! I did have trouble with my tip getting clogged all the time, do you have any suggestions?
Can't wait to try the easter eggs!
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Great idea and your newest follower.
Oh. my. gosh. I can't believe how cute this is. and yet you make it look so simple! Pinning it for sure! I'd love for you to share it here at my party if you get a chance!
I just love the ideas you come up with! Adorable!!
Thanks for linking up! I featured you post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/spring-crafts-food/
Have a great rest of the weekend!
That is awesome! I'd love it if you would come share this tutorial for the cake on my Link Party!
Oh, Cute! This will be a fun project to make with my kiddos!
As always--amazing! Love how simple and fun it is. I hope you'll link up to my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop!
I hope you'll share this at The DIY Dreamer. PLEASE
That is adorable! What a great idea to use the chocolate chips for dots.
This is such a beautiful cake and I love how simple it is! Thanks for sharing.
Wow what a beautiful cake! Love it! Those Easter eggs look great!
This is beautiful! I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:
Lovely cake. perfect for Easter!
Cake should ALWAYS come first---especially your cakes! I love the Easter egg idea! Would you be willing to share this at my Springtime Holiday Link Party? I loved having you at my Valentine Link Party! Thanks, Michelle
LOVE this!! SO beautiful!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/03/turquoise-lovin-30.html
This is seriously so adorable, thanks for sharing your know how.
Thank you so much for visiting my party another week. I am featuring you tomorrow AGAIN!
This is adorable! I'm a new follower, and I'd love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow too! My first link party (and give-away)is running now thru Saturday night. I'd love to have you link up!
Congrats, this super cute cake is being featured today at Mrs. Foxs Sweets Party :) Totally adorable! Hope to see you again this week!
You have the cutest ideas! Love this polka dot easter egg cake! Thanks for coming to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters