Oh, Pinterest... you evil, evil website, you.
Pinterest from a blog called Once Upon a Pedestal. It's beautiful, and an awesome idea.
However, she uses a cake pop pan to make the polka dots. I don't have one of those, and the last thing in the world that I need is another cake pan! So, I decided to try some other options.
It took me four cakes, and five days, but I finally got it! (Well, mostly.)
Cake Trial #1
The mini-cupcake pan
Not. So. Much.
(Sorry I didn't take many pictures of this trial, I was sure it would work, so I was going to take the pictures "next time.")
Another problem was that the mini cupcakes didn't stay put when they cake started to bake and rise. I share a solution for that below in Cake #4.
Cake Trial #2
Traditional Cake Balls (Cake Pops) Baked Inside
how to make cake pops, why not just put those inside the cake?
Initially I resisted this idea because of texture differences. I know that cake and cake pops have entirely different textures, and I worried it would be weird.
Cake Trial #3
Cake cylinders cut from baked cake (combined with a quasi-cake ball center)
online. And they're a lot easier to store than the cake pop pans!) My smallest biscuit cutter was 2" in diameter, so that was too big.
Mini-Cupcakes cut-out with round cutter
Okay, for this fourth, and final (for now) cake, I combined a few of my previous attempts to find success.
*Note: To make the colored mini-cupcakes, I used the McCormick Neon Food Coloring set that you find at the grocery store, and added it to the batter. Then, I baked them in a mini-cupcake pan that had been sprayed with baking spray (not lined with papers.)
*Note: I think that you cut the dots out of either a regular cake or out of the mini cupcakes, and achieve about the same results. I used the mini-cupcakes here because I had them leftover from attempt #1. I intend to use a baked cake next time, just because a cake pan is easier to clean than a mini-cupcake pan. However, cutting out the mini cupcakes is easier than cutting out the cake, so it's really a toss-up!
**Note also: I will be creating some simpler how-to posts on how to make the chocolate cake and how to make this final, successful cake. I know this post got long and a little information-heavy, but I wanted to show all of the mistakes I made to help keep you from making them yourself. Because, as a friend said to me when I said I was on attempt #4, "I would have given up after a second try." And I don't want you to give up!!
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