How to make a Polka Dot Minne Mouse Birthday Cake #recipe

Miss Stalin just turned two yesterday and she is totally enamored with all things Minnie Mouse. She calls her Meanie and has PJ’s, shirts, and even a little stuffed animal of her. She loves them all! So for her birthday I wanted to make her a Minnie Mouse cake.
Minnie Mouse polka dot cake

Now I made a cake for the first 5 years of Genghis’s life. Everything from simple cupcakes to a dinosaur that looked more like a dog and even a Lego cake. Some were better than others. None of them were outstanding. But I always tried.

So this year I started asking around for ways to accomplish what I had in my head. I wanted just a simple round cake but I wanted it to have polka dots just like Minnie’s dress. Easy enough, right?

I asked around some amazing baking bloggers I know and Cat from Food Family and Finds let me know that it could be done and she shared this link. Then I got to work.

I actually made the inside of the cake reverse the outside. I only did this because I didn’t want the bulk of the cake to be made with red food coloring. And because I like to bake but am not great at it, I simply used cake mix and premade icing to make this.

First up I made the cake balls following the instructions with the Cake Pop pan. Increase the egg by one, use milk instead of water and only half the amount, and add one package of pudding. I also added lots of red food coloring. The trick comes in cooking them so they hold their shape but are not all the way done. For me that was about 18 minutes.

After the cake balls were cooled I made the white cake mix according to the directions. Then I added the cake balls to the pan and poured the batter over them. I only used one box of cake mix but next time I will use two. It worked this way but some of the cake balls were taller than the actual cake.

Once cooked, I let the cake layers cool.

Then I used Wilton icing dye and colored my white icing red. I iced the entire cake with the red icing and then used cookie icing in a tube to make the white dots.

Minnie Mouse birthday cake

I found some paper mouse ears and used those on the cake. Miss Stalin knew immediately who the cake was supposed to be.

Polka dot Minnie Mouse cake

Do you make character cakes for birthdays?

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world!
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  1. Oh my gosh this is so cute, Rachel! I’ll bet little Miss loved it!!

  2. What a fun cake! I’m sure your daughter loved it :)

  3. Now that is a seriously cute cake! I’m stopping by to Congratulate you on having been chosen as one of the bloggers to take part in the Shaklee 180 program! I had great success with it last year when I was part of their blogger program! I can’t wait to read all of your updates and cheer you on! :)
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  4. How cute is that! I’ll share this with my niece. My great-niece loves Minnie Mouse!
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  5. nicole @nicky_olea says:

    WOW! You did an amazing job!
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  6. This is a deadly adorable cake! But gosh, red? Did you get it off her face???

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  7. How darling! Thanks for sharing.
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  8. oh my! That is seriously sooo cute! your girl is adorable! And that cake, wow! Love it!
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  9. That is so cute!! Look at her happy little face!
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  10. That is so adorable! You did a great job!
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  11. This came out great!! You should be proud.

    I even re-pinned it the other day when it popped up in my pinterest stream!

  12. Awesome job! She looks happy and that’s what counts! I have to make a horse/Lego cake this weekend…I will make those two things fit together! LOL
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    • I made a Lego cake once. Just a large sheet cake that I cut into 4 different sized ‘blocks’ I used marshmallow for the block ‘nubs’ and then iced them all in different colors. Pretty easy to do and it turned out cute. The horse, I can’t help with. lol

  13. I love it!! What a fun idea! It turned out great.
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  14. Jen-Eighty MPH Mom says:

    What a fantastic idea, and such a CUTE cake! I would have never thought to use cake balls inside the cake! I Imagine the look on your daughter’s face was priceless :)

  15. WOW! That cake is amazing. I love how you got the polka dots on the inside of the cake too. That is so cool.

    I can’t bake to save my life. I wish I could. I would have fun making wonderful cakes like your Minnie Mouse one.
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  16. Very cute & do-able for the cake decorating challenged like myself 😉
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  17. Love polka dots so I might use this for myself.
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