How-To Make a Polka Dot Cake. But I wanted to be more specific with it, and share the outside as well as the inside, because I think it turned out nicely. (And I have some solutions for the problems that I did have.)
Chocolate Cake Recipe (Either scratch or cake mix works fine.)
Vanilla/White Cake Recipe (scratch or cake mix again, fine.)
Chocolate Buttercream Icing
Vanilla Buttercream Icing
Small Round Cutter (like these)
Decorating bags and a variety of round decorating tips (I used tips # 12, 10, 7, 5 & 3)
I chose to use only about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of batter in an 8" round pan so that the cake wouldn't be too tall. It's easier to cut if it's a little shorter.
When that has cooled, stick it in the freezer (wrapped in plastic wrap) for a few hours, just to make it a little easier to cut.
Wilton's Round Fondant Cutter Set to make the cylinders (dots).
Cut as many as you can get out of the cake.
Place the cylinders into the pan as you see in the photo above. You want to be sure that you place them so that when you're cutting the cake, you will see a circle, not a rectangle.
How Not To Make a Polka Dot Cake post for more specific instructions on this.)
Bake the cakes immediately! One of the reasons my circles got so invaded with chocolate batter was that I was waiting for something else to finish baking, and I let them soak in the batter. Not smart.
How to Ice/Frost a Cake for more information on how to do that well.)
(Hold the bag straight out from the side of the cake, squeeze until the dot is as big as you want it to be. Stop squeezing before you pull away. If you get little points on the outside, like you see above... let the icing set for a little while, or stick it in the fridge, then you can use your finger to smash down all of the little points.)
Then, just use your smaller tips to make dots spaced between the previous rows of dots all the way up.
As I mentioned in my "How To" post, I used a cake ball in the center here. I don't recommend that. I would just plan to leave out the "dead center" dot.
Click the Links Below to See:
How (Not) To Make a Polka Dot Cake
Make Cake Mix Taste (almost) Homemade
Icing Recipes and Tips
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