I came across this fun Fourth of July cake idea a few weeks ago in my People magazine, but I ran out of time and never tried my hand at baking one. It has been on my mind ever since, so I made some changes (no red, white, and blue) and created my own everyday version.
To make this, I used…
one box of chocolate cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 dozen doughnut holes
one can vanilla frosting
colored decorating sugars
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of an 8 inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. I prepared the chocolate cake mix according to the directions, substituting the water for the buttermilk.
I poured 1/3 of the cake batter into the bottom of the cake pan.
Then I placed 8 doughnut holes on top of the batter.
Next I spread 1/2 of the remaining batter on top to cover the doughnut holes.
I added 8 more doughnut holes to the pan and pressed them into the batter.
Pour the rest of the cake batter on top. Make sure to cover all the doughnut holes, and gently tap the pan to release any air bubbles.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
Once the cake was cooled, I frosted the top and sides.
Using a small round cookie cutter, I sprinkled the colored decorative sugars to create large polka dots on the top of the cake.
I added the extra doughnut holes to the top of the cake. Just a hint as to the surprise inside…
Now time to cut and serve the cake…more polka dots inside the cake!
Such a fun cake to bake! What’s not to love…chocolate, doughnut holes, frosting, and POLKA DOTS!!