Hey there everyone! It's that time of year again to celebrate all that is Dr. Seuss! Not that we don't celebrate him all year round but his birthday is March 2nd and all across schools they tip their "hat" to him and celebrate reading and all that is Dr. Seuss. You can see more here on Read Across America Day and also for tools and tips for schools in your area.
And what better way to also express our love for his time enduring books than with a super fun and swirled Cat in the Hat cake?
I love Dr. Seuss and all the books he wrote over his time. There are so many to choose from but The Cat in the Hat has to be our favorite.
There's just something about the fun blue, red, white and black colors of the book that make me smile every time we re-read the book. Although I must admit that my kids (the twins are almost 9 and my oldest is 11 going on 35) have said Dr. Seuss books are starting to be too "babyish" for them. Insert me crying profusely inside. Stop growing up so fast dammit!
That said, they loved this cake - and they are hard to please with treats these days.
I also recently got a new bundt pan, one that is full of whimsy and swirls! I knew it would be the perfect pan for a Dr. Seuss inspired cake. This cake is very easy too since it starts with a box mix. Then the batter is tinted with blue, red, and black to match the Cat in the Hat colors.
I also added some homemade sprinkles to resemble the Cat's iconic hat. They were easy to make and added more fun to the cake.
Although the cake looks great, I was a little disappointed that the blue color on the outside wasn't as bright. That's just me not taking the cake out early enough and it browned slightly. But the inside was exactly what I wanted - fun swirls of aqua blue, red, black and white!
So bake up a swirly Cat in the Hat cake for your fav fans.
Do you love all that is Dr. Seuss? How do you celebrate this time of year??
How to Make Dr. Seuss Swirled Bundt Cake
Makes 1 bundt cake (8-10 slices)
Total time: 60 minutes
- 1 box of white cake mix
- red, light blue, black food colorant
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of white candy melts (wafers) for icing on top of bundt cake
- For Cat in the Hat sprinkles: 1/2 cup each of red and white candy melts (wafers) and black food writer
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray bundt pan well with non-stick flour spray.
- Prepare cake mix as per box directions.
- Separate batter into 4 bowls. Leave one bowl plain. Tint a bowl with blue and red color. Add cocoa powder to 1 bowl. Mix well and add 5 drops of black food color or until deep black is achieved.
- Add mixtures separately to 4 freezer bags. Snip an end of each bag and pipe the batter into bundt pan. Alternate colors until all batter is used.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Let cool.
- Turn out cake onto plate.
- To make Cat in the Hat sprinkles: Add white and red candy wafers separately to 2 freezer bags. Microwave each bag in 20 second intervals until just melted. Snip a small corner end of each bag and pipe small lines of each color to make hat on parchment paper. Alternate colors ending with white brim. Let candy harden for 10 minutes. Peel from parchment and on smooth side add small black line with food writer.
- Pipe some of the melted white candy melt onto top of bundt cake following the lines. While candy is still melted add hat sprinkles.