Thursday, September 5, 2013

Easy Polka Dot Cake

I've been doing so many quilting posts lately, I thought it was time to switch things up a bit and show you this cake.

It was such a fun one to put together and really easy.

I volunteered at the last minute to make my niece a cake for her 7th birthday.  She loves polka dots.  I may or may not be a little proud of the fact that she loves polka dots because it all goes back to the burp cloths I made for her when she was a baby...but that's a story for another time.  There she is in her polka dot dress.

Not only did I volunteer at the last minute, but I volunteered while we were out of town for the weekend, so I didn't have all my usual cake decorating supplies with me.  (Not that my supplies are all that fancy...and pretty much just what I bought years ago when I took a Wilton cake decorating class.)  And yeah...I have an awesome mother-in-law to let me bake a cake in her kitchen while we're visiting.

I basically baked two cake mixes up in circle pans for a total of 4 layers.  Ideally, you'd use a cake leveler so your layers stack nice and flat, but I didn't have one with me...hence the slightly crooked look.  My mother-in-law said the whole creation reminds her of something out of a Dr. Seuss book.  I think the bright wonky colors and crookedness are what does it.

Anyway, after layering it with an incredible amount of frosting to fill in all the cracks, I added chocolate candies all over.  I went to Winco in their bulk section and just got a few of each kind.  It's mostly chocolate and vanilla melts and different sizes of M&Ms.

My niece was thrilled with the cake.  My nephew said it was the first "real cake" he'd ever seen...which I think just means he hadn't seen a stacked circle cake like that before...because I know my sister has baked her kids plenty of cakes.  To add to the coolness of the whole thing, my mother-in-law happened to have birthday candles with different colored flames.

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  1. That is an adorable cake. And something I could make. Pinned!

  2. Love the cake - wonky and all! And dental floss works great as a cake leveler - I didn't know they actually made such a thing as I've never seen one!~D

  3. My grandkids would LOVE this! We'd love to have you share your post at our weekly Saturday Link Party at It's live now! Happy weekend! Debbie

  4. My daughter would love this cake - thanks for the idea!

  5. I'm not sure what is cuter the cake or your little girl. This is very cute.
    I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


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