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Polka Dot Cake

8/30/13


You guys, my baby turns 1 in a week.  I have a 1 year-old and a 4 year-old, excuse me, 4 AND A HALF year old (that's very important to include these days, apparently).  Time to sob in a corner, buy more anti-aging cream and bake some birthday cake.  Which is only my favorite thing to do in the world (bake, that is, I hate skin care).  Let me refresh your memory with Jack's first birthday, his second, his third and his fourth.  See?  I obsess.  This birthday was no different.  A friend showed me this Polka Dot Cake recipe probably 6 months ago and it was decided.  Done!  I knew little Etta Bo Betta would be smashing her face in polka dots by the time she turned one.  While that is still a week away, I made this cake for a small family gathering last night and it was a success!  Fairly simple, not overly time-consuming, and it yields fantastic results.  I used a store-bought cake mix for the cake balls and bought this (oh, I think I just might use it again), I used this recipe for the actual cake, and made my buttercream seen here.  With the leftover balls, I decorated the bottom of the cake and also I ate them.  

Happy 1st Birthday to my spunky little tiger, we love you : )         


Balls!


White cake batter...


Little Avenger helping out...


It's the whole family!  Etta wants out.


Bye bye balls...


And hello again!  
(I've heard freezing the balls helps them to not rise to the surface during baking, but in the end it didn't really matter much.) 


Frosting and layering...


Polka Dot Party!


Even her baby book matches which was a total accident.  


My breakfast...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

YUMM! I love it! Stealing for my girls 6th..
Nice ring btw! About d*mn time! :)))

Deborah Stauch said...

Love your cake!

Julie said...

The most adorable 1st birthday cake for a little girl, it turned out great. I am in love with the polka dot platter too.

Julie said...

Random side note: Every time I visit your site, my 3 year old daughter says, "ew mom, those girls are messy." Referring to your header.Ü

eobmomma said...

I made this cake for my daughters first birthday. I made one in white batter and one in chocolate batter. The colors in the chocolate one came out very bright and looked amazing! such a fun cake :D

Diane said...

*adorable* i gotta try this sometime...it's too cute!

Linda Bick said...

Cutest Cake Ever !!!!!! Adorable 1 yr. old also!

Lauren Brewer said...

I may be psychic. And holy crapamoley, I can't wait to make this!

Lauren Brewer said...

Also, what size are those cake pans? They look deep.

Anonymous said...

beautiful cake and family :)

tara said...

That's so awesome! I love it! I didn't know there was such a thing as cake balls, but they look amazing.

Also, holy crap Jack is so grown up!!

Anonymous said...

adorable - can imagine green balls for saint patrick's day and red/white or red/green for the holidays, easter too. thanks for this and for the pics which make it seem easier to do.

Siri said...

8 inch!

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Julie said...

I was going to make a pink ombre cake for my daughters 4th birthday, but the polka dots are adorable so now I am torn. I don't have a cake ball maker (and can't really justify buying one), do you think if I baked the cake batter in mini muffin tins it would have the same effect?

Siri said...

I think so, Julie, for sure! Give it a try and report back : )

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