Surprise-Inside Dotty Cake
This Surprise-Inside Dotty Cake is SO easy and really will bring a smile to everyone’s face when you slice it open. Try making a surprise-inside cake today!
I’m so excited to be celebrating with my friend Amanda this week! If you don’t know Amanda she is the founder of the wildly popular blog i am baker, and author of this beautiful cookbook Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion–with a Little Something Extra Inside. I have read this book cover to cover, and I keep coming back to it. I was so inspired that I even made my own little surprise-inside cake.
If you have ever been to Amanda’s blog you will see friendly, colorful polka dots all over. They even make an appearance all throughout her book as well. So Amanda, this cake is for you!
I know many of you look at Amanda’s cakes and you may be completely overwhelmed. However in her book Amanda gives you the option to use her delicious recipes, box mixes, or you own family favorites. I really appreciate that about her book. In this recipe I started with a store-bought pound cake loaf and finished with a box of white cake mix. Feel free to do what fits best with your schedule.
You just cut up and cube the pound cake into 6 equal portions. Add some frosting and a drop of food coloring to each section- be creative!
Drop the cake balls into the batter. and bake as usual. That’s it! I told you it is pretty simple.
Get ready to surprise your guests with a whimsical dotty cake. My kids were both pretty excited to cut into this. I originally planned to drizzle it with a white frosting or glaze but I felt like the cake dots were sweet enough since they were made with crushed cake plus frosting.
I hope you try to make your own surprise-inside cake. It really is much easier than you think!
If you want a copy of Amanda’s book you can win a copy of Surprise-Inside Cakes here on my previous post. Giveaway closed
Surprise-Inside Dotty Cake
Yield: 1 Bundt cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
This Surprise-Inside Dotty Cake is SO easy and really will bring a smile to everyone's face when you slice it open. Try making a surprise-inside cake today!
1 loaf mini pound cake
6 Tablespoons white frosting
1 white cake mix
- Cut pound cake into 6 even slices
- Place a slice of pound cake, 1 drop of food coloring, and 1 Tablespoon of frosting into your mixer or food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds. Repeat this step with 6 different colors. Use each color of batter to make approximately 6 cake balls (36 colored cake balls in total).
- Prepare your white cake according to package directions or according to your recipe. Pour a small amount into a well-greased Bundt pan. Drop a few cake balls into the batter. Continue layering the cake balls and batter.
- Bake according to package directions or recipe.
- Let cake cool completely before removing it from the pan.
- To remove the cake, place a large plate over the bundt pan and while holding the plate in place, invert the pan, the cake should drop unto the plate.
- I used a boxed white cake mix. You can try Amanda's Perfect White Cake recipe if you wish. My pan holds up to 12 Cups of batter. Check your pan capacity.
- When adding frosting to the pound cake to make cake balls, you may start with 1 teaspoon of frosting and work up to 1 Tablespoon. It will depend on the amount of cake you are using. You want a "dough" with a firm enough consistency to roll without sticking to your hands.
- Amanda always suggests cutting into a VERY COLD cake with a VERY HOT knife to get clean slices. I placed my (cooled) cake in the freezer for about 45 minutes and used a knife dipped in water and dried with a towel to cut the slices. This step isn't completely necessary for this cake but I do like how easy it was to get clean slices.
Original recipe and images © In Katrina's Kitchen / inspired by i am baker