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Pillsbury Baking Go Bold Giveaway and Polka Dot Bold Funfetti Cake

by on April 10, 2014 · 93 comments

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.

©/® The J.M. Smucker Company. Pillsbury is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC, used under license. 

Published on April 10, 2014
Kathy G. April 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

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.

Jessie C. April 11, 2014 at 12:02 am

I was proud of the carrot cake that I made last week for my family.

Melissa April 11, 2014 at 12:58 am

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!

Erin m. April 11, 2014 at 6:12 am

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.

Julie April 11, 2014 at 6:17 am

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

Nora April 11, 2014 at 7:06 am

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!

Tierney Marden April 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

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

Shari April 11, 2014 at 11:04 am

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

Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood April 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

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

Jeanette April 11, 2014 at 5:50 pm

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~

Jennifer April 11, 2014 at 8:19 pm

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

Margot C April 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm

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.

shirley April 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

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!

Marietta Flanagan April 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

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

D Schmidt April 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm

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.

ChristineO April 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

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.

Katherine Donovan April 13, 2014 at 12:11 am

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

Nicole April 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

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.

Mami2jcn April 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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

Emilia H. April 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm

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

Heidi April 14, 2014 at 4:08 am

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!

Carolyn April 14, 2014 at 10:53 am

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.

Lisa Brown April 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

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.

Marie B. April 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

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.

amber April 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I was proud of the 3 layer choc cake I made for my husbands bday

Beth April 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I always make scratch cakes for birthdays, but the one linked below really stood out. My husband requests it for every birthday (and holiday, special occasion, Monday…you get the idea!).

Vunda V April 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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

Elena April 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I was proud when I made a chocolate cake from scratch

Elle April 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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.

Vera K April 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm

To be honest, I’m not much of a baker…

Katie M April 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

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!

Anne April 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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.

Melissa April 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm

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

latanya April 16, 2014 at 7:24 am

I did a green ninja turtle cake for my son’s bday

Melissa M April 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

I would make a blue cake with orange icing.

Amanda Sakovitz April 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

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

Thomas Murphy April 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

I was proud of a chocolate cake I made for my mom’s B-day.

Kim Henrichs April 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

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!

shelly peterson April 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

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.

Harmony B April 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm

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

Kim April 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm

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

Rebecca April 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

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

Anita L. April 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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.

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