Who doesn’t love a polka dot? And what better place to put a polka dot than on a cake?! Seriously, how cute is this?
My friend Natalee has been making these cute polka dot cakes lately and I asked her to please share her secret so that I might pass it on to you! She kindly obliged, so here’s the lowdown on how to polka your cake to the nines.
To give credit where credit is due…our good friened Melissa from ISLY turned Natalee on to this post from inchmark, which is where the original idea came from. Natalee has provided additional information below, including the recipe for the icing. Thanks to all of your beautiful minds for providing such a wonderful idea!
Icing for the Polka Dots:
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 egg whites, beaten
Directions to mix icing: In a bowl, sift together confectioners’ sugar and cream of tartar. Using electric mixer, beat in 2 beaten egg whites for about 5 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.
Click here for the original tutorial. Here are Natalee’s most helpful notes on the process:
I ended up having to water the icing down a little bit, but I think you just have to play with it until it seems right. It needs to be thin enough that it will pipe into the circle shapes without any peaks, but thick enough that it won’t run outside of the parameters of the circle. Better to err on the side of too thick.
As far as the food coloring, I’ve found that if you really want GOOD colors, you have to get the cake decorator’s gel paste food coloring which you can find at either Michael’s or Diddams (and I’m sure any party/cake decor store) and online. All you have to use is a little glob on the end of a toothpick to get the same color you get from an entire bottle/tube of the stuff you buy in the store. Plus, I’ve found that if you add the whole bottle from the store, your icing tastes like chemicals.
After the icing is colored, you just need to put it in an icing bag with a large round tip (or if you don’t have one you can do what I did and cut a corner off of a ziploc). Then Rob (her hubby) made a template (click here to download) of different sizes of circles, printed it out on paper and put the template under some waxed paper. Then I piped right on to the wax paper in the shape/sizes of the circles. Once they are all piped on, you just let them harden at least 12 hours and then they will come right off and you can put them right on your frosted cake. I recommend going directly from waxed paper to cake as stacking them for storage causes colors to bleed if there is absolutely any humidity in the air/fridge.
It really is such a cute idea…and look how festive the cake looks on the birthday table! Happy Polka Dotting!