polka dot doughnut hole cake

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.

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

To make this, I used…

one box of chocolate cake mix

3 eggs

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.

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

polka dots doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

I poured 1/3 of the cake batter into the bottom of the cake pan.

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

Then I placed 8 doughnut holes on top of the batter.

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

Next I spread 1/2 of the remaining batter on top to cover the doughnut holes.

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

I added 8 more doughnut holes to the pan and pressed them into the batter.

polka dots doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

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.

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

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.

polka dot doughnut holes | polka dots and picket fences

Once the cake was cooled, I frosted the top and sides.

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

Using a small round cookie cutter, I sprinkled the colored decorative sugars to create large polka dots on the top of the cake.

polka dots doughnut cake | polka dots and picket fences

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

I added the extra doughnut holes to the top of the cake.  Just a hint as to the surprise inside…

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

Now time to cut and serve the cake…more polka dots inside the cake!

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

polka dot doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

polka dots doughnut hole cake | polka dots and picket fences

Such a fun cake to bake!  What’s not to love…chocolate, doughnut holes, frosting, and POLKA DOTS!!

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