Polka Dot Birthday Cake

I spot a birthday cake! Decorated with colorful dots, this Polka Dot Birthday Cake is great for birthday celebrations young and old! Customize your cake with a personalized message or add a birthday candle to make this cake perfect for your party. Use pouched icing to decorate your cake and you’ll have a tasty treat that’s party ready in no time!
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Step 1

Bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Trim one layer to 2 in. high.

Step 2

Prepare icing. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe instructions. Fill and stack cake layers for 5 in. high cake. Ice cake smooth.

Step 3

Decorate cake. Using cake marker, starting ½ in. from bottom of cake, mark 1 in. segments, vertically and horizontally, around cake.

Prepare all pouched icings with round tip. Starting with yellow icing, pipe row of dots around cake, using 1 in. marks as guide. Repeat with orange, red, blue and green icing.

Step 4

Pipe border. Pipe row of dots around top edge of cake, alternating between colored icing and white icing.

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Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.

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