Pillsbury Baking Go Bold Giveaway and Polka Dot Bold Funfetti Cake

UPDATE:  This giveaway has ended.

For the past week I’ve enjoyed sampling Pillsbury® Bold Funfetti® mixes and frosting. At first I was a little skeptical, but when I started using the products I fell in love with the range of colors and potential for making creative treats like my new favorite — the Polka Dot Cake! I actually bought a cake pop maker last year to make one of these cakes, but never got around to it because I dreaded dying all the cake batter.

Polka Dot Cake

Problem solved, thanks to Pillsbury! And now I’m happy to give way some of their products. For a chance at receiving some samples, leave a comment telling me about a cake you were particularly proud of. I will pick one comment at random the morning of Friday, April 18 and notify the person that day. That person will receive the following:

Funfetti® Aqua Blue Cupcake and Cake Mix
Funfetti® Orange All Star™ Cupcake and Cake Mix
Funfetti® Neon Yellow Cupcake and Cake Mix
Funfetti® Vibrant Green Cupcake and Cake Mix
Funfetti® Orange All Star Vanilla Flavored Frosting with Colorful Star Shaped Candy Bits
Funfetti® Neon Yellow Vanilla Flavored Frosting Mix with Multi Colored Candy Bits
$100 dollar Visa or American Express gift card

Good luck with the giveaway!


As for the cake, I used a Babycakes CP-12 Cake Pop Maker, 12 Cake Pop Capacity, Purple and Pillsbury Aqua Blue Funfetti Cake mix to make the balls.

I put the cake balls in the freezer for about 20 minutes while I prepared some white cake batter from a box of white cake mix.

Next, I poured just enough white cake batter into each of two 8 inch round cake pans to cover the bottom. I squished about 10 cake balls into each pan and poured the remaining batter over the top. Next time I’d put even more cake balls into the pan. It may look like a lot, but as the cake expands the balls spread out.

I set the pans on a large baking sheet and baked as directed on the box.

Frosting was easy. I just used two cans of white frosting and piped some All Star Orange™ around the edges.  The sprinkles I used were from a different can of Funfetti, but the All-Star Orange comes with cute star shaped sprinkles.

For more ideas on how to use the cake mixes, check Pillsbury Baking, Pillsbury on Facebook and Instagram. If you’re an Instagram fan, try using the hashtag #GoBold and @PillsburyBaking to see what your friends have been doing with the cake mixes and frostings.

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Justin S. says

    I once made a Captain America-themed cake. It was my first (and last) time using fondant.

  2. Stephanie-Oh says

    I made a from scratch double chocolate double layered 13 x 9 in. cake for daughters H.S. graduation. It was covered with sliced strawberries and was beautiful and delicious.

  3. Daphne says

    I made a King’s Hawaiian Paradise cake for mother’s day. Guava, passionfruit, and lime flavored layers of sponge cake filled with whipped cream and fruit, and frosted with whipped cream frosting. It was the first layer cake and the first frosted cake I’d ever made, and it turned out wonderfully!

  4. juli says

    one of the first cakes i ever made was a – from scratch – spice bundt cake w/lemon yogurt. perfect looking and really tasty.

  5. Maureen says

    I made a checker board cake for my husband. I know I had the help of the insert pieces but it turned out rather well. Then a few months later I made another one (this time not by myself). I made it with my then 3 yr old nephew (who is now 5). He wanted to make one for my brother (his favorite uncle). While it did not turn out as good as the first (in show) he was proud of it none the less and for that matter so was I.

  6. CindyD says

    Always feel satisfied when I finish patting the coconut into the frosting for my husband’s favorite coconut cake for his birthday every year. It’s even better if I don’t end up with coconut all over the kitchen!

  7. Sue says

    I am most proud of a cake I made for friends who share the same birthday. It was a double layer chocolate fudge cake with fudgy chocolate frosting. They still talk about that cake.

  8. Caroline says

    I was very proud of the oreo layer cakes I made for a co-workers wedding. It was a lot of work but they came out great!

  9. Sherry says

    I was very pleased with the carrot cake I made recently, lots of pineapple, raisins, and love!

  10. Teri K says

    A strawberry cake I baked for my friend who usually is the one baking for everyone’s birthday. Such pressure! I’m happy she liked it.

  11. Kara says

    Your cake is so pretty. 🙂 I recently made a chocolate ice cream cake that was delicious.

  12. teresa sulyok says

    I made a very successful but complex sacher torte for my European family last year that everyone adored.

  13. Andrea D. says

    I am very proud of the lamb cake I make at Easter time. I make it with a mold, pound cake, and seven minute frosting. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  14. Heather B says

    I love making birthday cakes for my nephews because they always want like cartoon themed ones. This year for my 4 year old I made a Jake and The Never Land Pirates themed one and he absolutely loved it. He wouldn’t let anyone cut his cake because it was so beautiful! 🙂

  15. Jennie says

    I did make one of those dragon cakes for one of my boys, but it was all kitsch! The best was probably one I made for my eldest son’s graduation.

  16. Shan says

    made a ‘hawaiian’ sheet cake for work; yellow cake made with pineapple juice. Topped cream cheese frosting with crushed pineapple. Sprinkled coconut and chopped macadamia nuts on top. Sorry to resubmit (embarrassed to admit my email address was incorrect on previous submission)

  17. Beth says

    I’m most proud of the Barbie princess cake I made for my daughter. Also the fire truck cake I made for my son.

  18. Jan Harris says

    A rum cake from about.com. Everyone raved about it, said it was to die for, said I could sell it by the slice, etc. The polka dot cake is darling!

  19. says

    My favorite cake is called chocolate raspberry avalanche cake. It’s a dark chocolate bundt cake brushed with raspberry liqueur and fresh raspberries in the center

  20. Nancy says

    While I’m not sure it qualifies as a cake, I remember being proud of myself after making a loaf of Amish friendship bread as a child. It was so fun to pass the starter around my group of friends.

  21. rachel says

    I made a chocolate turtle cake for my parents and they loved it. I was so happy that it turned out well, being totally homemade!

  22. Kelly D says

    I was proud of a chocolate cake I made with a layer of icing in the middle, for my mom’s birthday. It was the first time I made a layered cake and it came out great.

  23. Cindi says

    I made a chocolate chip cake with ganache filling and vanilla frosting that I thought turned out quite well.

  24. says

    hi, i made my granddaughter a 3D little mermaid cake for her 5th birthday party. it ended up being a bit more of a challenge than i thought it would be but came out amazing. she hugged & squeezed me so tight & said it was her best present ever. so now all the granddaughters want princess cakes & love doing them. thanks so much for the chance to win! i have never used any other cake brand but pillsbury, hands down the best tasting & moistest .

  25. Beth Gallagher says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the polka dot cake! I usually make a Williamsburg Orange Cake for my mom’s birthday/mother’s day, but I’d love to make one of the dot cakes! 🙂

  26. Kathleen says

    I make a simple yellow cake with chocolate frosting that reminds me of the kind my mom used to make when I was little.

  27. sheri forell says

    Favorite cake I made was a pirate ship cake for my son and I used large prezzles for the mask! He loved it!

  28. Mela says

    The German Chocolate Cake I made for our 13th Wedding Anniversary last January, fun to decorate and delicious! By the way, I love your polka dot cake, time to try and one for Easter or Mother’s Day.

  29. Caley Buxton says

    The first time I made a birthday cake by myself was a proud moment. It wasn’t all that fancy (chocolate cake with mint extract and smooth ‘n’ melty mints stirred in), but I had never made a cake from scratch or without my mom’s help before. My dad loved it!

  30. gwen says

    Made an Italian Cream Cake recently for work and was told that it was better than a well-respected bakery in town

  31. Kelli says

    The cake I’m most proud of is a chocolate cherry cake that I tweaked that has become my mom’s favorite cake.

  32. Katie says

    I’m always proud when I make homemade carrot cake for my dad’s birthday. It’s not the most complicated thing I’ve ever made, but he loves it so much that it makes it seem special!

  33. LaFern says

    I make a sour cream coconut cake that is one of those “never fail” cakes. I love to make it because it always looks picture perfect when it finished.

  34. Alyson says

    Those mixes are crazy! I once volunteered to make Christmas dessert for my inlaws. First time I attempted a layer cake and it was a success! Red velvet with cream cheese frosting. I’ve made it for them a few times now.

  35. Amy Orvin says

    I was so proud of my German Chocolate cake for my birthday. I actually made it instead of buying one or having someone else make it. I thought I’d give it a shot. It came out fabulous! So moist and Yummy!!

  36. Kathy G. says

    I am proud of a puppy cake I made for my son’s birthday. Actually I am pleased that I made so many homemade cakes for birthdays.

  37. Melissa says

    I made a rainbow cake covered in sprinkles for my niece’s 7th birthday, and it was a hit at the party. Definitely felt a little proud of myself!

  38. Erin m. says

    I am proud of the red velvet cake I made for my brother in law’s birthday this year. It was my first time making one and it turned out great! I decorated the top with leftover cake crumbs.

  39. Julie says

    I am proud of the cake I made for my husband’s 50th birthday. thanks for the giveaay

  40. says

    I’m very proud of all the cakes I “made” when I worked at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager. They made people happy. The experience let me express my creativity AND make money for college. Since then, I’m more of a cookie baker instead of cake maker, but I’d love this gift pack!

  41. Tierney Marden says

    I’m proud of my carrot cakes. I developed my own recipe and won a carrot cake contest at work.

  42. Shari says

    I make a flourless chocolate cake for passover & gluten-free family that everyone goes nuts over.

  43. Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood says

    I’m not skilled at making attractive looking cakes, but I’m proud that I can make a very tasty chocolate sour cream cake.

  44. says

    Thanks for the chance to win! My son requested for his birthday: a vanilla cake, gray frosting with yellow and blue accents and an Africa and soccer theme. Ha! He knew what he wanted and thankfully I was able to deliver. Best~

  45. Jennifer says

    I’m proud of the first scratch chocolate cake I made that didn’t feel like a brick!

  46. Margot C says

    I recently made a 3 tiered ‘Tall Cake; with 2 layers of dark chocolate and one layer of yellow cake with chocolate icing between the layers and vanilla on the top and sides then some piping. For me this was very ambitious.

  47. shirley says

    When my granddaughter was still a toddler, I made a nice, attractive cake for Easter – layer cake; with ‘nest’ atop and small eggs.
    I’ve never used any of these ‘neon’ mixes … might be fun to try!

  48. Marietta Flanagan says

    When I taught Early Childhood handicapped students, I would make a bunny cake every year before Easter break.

  49. D Schmidt says

    One cake I was particularly proud of was my son’s Skylander birthday cake this year, I spent hours planning it and it actually turned out the way I had anticipated.

  50. ChristineO says

    I was particularly proud of a birthday cake I created for my husband’s 40th birthday. We had a Hawaiian themed party, and the cake had a palm tree, sand and ocean waves. It was so much fun to make.

  51. Katherine Donovan says

    I made an Elmo cake for my grandson’s 2nd birthday. The cake was tye-dye. It turned out so cute 🙂

  52. says

    I am proud of the first birthday cake I made for my boyfriend, it was such a hit that I fell in love with baking and making delicious treats.

  53. Mami2jcn says

    I’m thrilled whenever I make a cake that isn’t lopsided. Carrot cake is my family’s favorite.

  54. Emilia H. says

    I made a lion cake for my nephew Leo’s birthday and used sunflower petals for the mane.

  55. says

    I’m proud of the red white and blue birthday cake I made for my 99 year old grandpa who was born on the 4th of July. All the folks at the assisted living facility loved it!

  56. Carolyn says

    I recently made a cookie dough filled cake for my daughter’s friend. She had never had a ‘real’ birthday cake made for her. The cake was delicious and beautiful, but it was a 14 year old’s reaction (almost in tears) that made this cake extremely memorable.

  57. Lisa Brown says

    I made a cake a while back that was in the shape of a large daisy – petals, leaves, the frosting was accurate to the flower. Looked great and everyone loved it. Not sure I would make one again, it took a lot of work.

  58. Marie B. says

    I made a pineapple pound cake when I was a teenager. It was my first scratch cake ever. It made me appreciate the work that goes into baking.

  59. Vunda V says

    i once made my fiance as chocolate cake with ricotta frosting and caramel chocolate filling between the layers!

  60. Elle says

    I am proud of the cake I made for my sister’s party back in January – it was one of those rainbow cakes where when you cut into it, each layer is a different color – I made it pink, green, blue and yellow.

  61. Katie M says

    A few years ago, for my friend’s birthday, I made a cake completely from scratch for the very first time. I was so proud that I bought cake flour, followed a Betty Crocker White Cake recipe, and made my own whipped vanilla frosting. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and the cake and frosting were amazing – better than any boxed cake or canned frosting I’ve tried – plus it was a fun birthday celebration!

  62. Anne says

    Carrot cake is my spouse’s favorite, so for his birthday a couple of years ago I made him a two-layered carrot cake with cream cheese frosting that came out delicious. The downside, however, was that I tried to decorate it and it ended up looking like it was done by a five-year-old. He loved it, though.

  63. Melissa says

    I am proud of a Peter Rabbit Carrot Cake I made for the county fair. My first attempt at cake decorating!

  64. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I made a doll cake for my niece for her birthday. It had vanilla cake and vanilla icing.

  65. Kim Henrichs says

    That is so cute!! I was really proud of a strawberry layered cream cake I made for a friend’s birthday. It came out not only delicious, but so pretty!

  66. shelly peterson says

    I was proud of a Jell-O poke cake I made, My mom used to make them when I was a kid. I made one for the first time myself.

  67. Harmony B says

    I don’t make cake but I made my sons bubble guppies birthday cupcakes and they came out so cute. Made the kids so happy

  68. Kim says

    I made a cake that looked like a giant hamburger for a birthday party. I was pretty proud of that one!

  69. Rebecca says

    I made a checkerboard cake once. It was a ton of work, but looked awesome in the end!

  70. Anita L. says

    My best cake is a banana cake. I’ve been making it since I was a teenager and it always takes me back to my mom’s kitchen.