Hello everyone! Kristen and I can smell summer in the air, can you? Soon we will be enjoying beach weekends, a nearly deserted campus (hello, more parking!), fruit smoothies and (hopefully) being tan! As we’re enjoying a relaxing break before the summer semester begins, we thought we would be productive and do a bright, summery shenanigan!
One of our readers, Sarah, suggested this polka dot cake to us on our Facebook page, and thought it fit the bill! The colors are fun and it’s certainly unique, but quite honestly we didn’t have faith in this pin. We didn’t think it would work at all, so we were pleasantly surprised when ours turned out like this compared to the original:
Our Version Pinterest Version
It’s pretty cute, right? To make this fun, summery cake, first you’ll need to grab your ingredients:
- Two white cake mixes
- food coloring
- any kind of icing (your choice- go crazy!)
The original pin was actually a Cake Pop Cake. The baker had colored white cake mix and baked it into spheres in one of those cake pop makers. Then she baked the cake balls into the white cake.
We don’t have a cake pop maker (and we’re willing to wager our average reader doesn’t either), so we decided to try this shenanigan using our trusty mini cupcake pan.
With one of the boxes of cake mix, make the batter and separate it into small bowls. Dye each bowl of batter a different color. Pour these colored batters into the mini cupcake pan and bake to the package directions.
Once they are out of the oven, let them cool and pop them out of the pan. We ended up using 28 mini cupcakes overall, so you may want to aim for that many.
While your mini cupcakes are cooling more completely, you can make batter out of the other cake mix. Now, pour a thin layer in the bottom of both of your round cake pans.
Place your colorful mini cupcakes in the pans.
Pour the rest of your white batter on top of the mini cupcakes.
A big spoon will help you spread the batter around.
Bake your cake rounds. Ours ended up being a little under-cooked so we suggest that you bake them for a little longer than the package suggests.
Note: these cakes are not exactly pretty. Once you frost them you may want to consider sprinkles!
Once the cake has cooled, pop one of the pan and place it upside down on a plate. Placing it upside down allows the curvy top of the cake to be on the curved plate, a perfect fit! Then the flat bottom of the cake is face-up, so the other cake round has a firm foundation.
Frost the flat top of the bottom layer and place the other layer on top.
Now frost your cake. We recommend you use two tubs of icing. This cake is bigger than most and we had a difficult time icing it with just one tub of frosting.
Congratulations! You’ve effectively called shenanigans on this cake!
We really like the way this cake turned out. It’s very fun and everyone we fed it to was so surprised, pleased and confused when they saw it. We told our friends how we made it, but if you want to keep an air of mystery, we won’t breathe a word!
Thanks again to Sarah for sending this cake our way! If you have any good ideas for shenanigans, be sure to let us know on Facebook or in the comments below!
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