I recently made this Basket Ball Cake, yes it is a basketball cake! It’s a Tel-Aviv Basket Ball team here in Israel. A very well know team. And I happen to make cakes for some for players on the team.
This one was made for the Team’s Captain Shawn James Son who celebrated his 3rd birthday recently.
The cake inside is a Vanilla Butter Cake with Vanilla Butter cream and Homemade Sugar paste.
Then I made this one for another one of the team members Soforklis’s son. This one is with the basketball court
And this one I made for a Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Fan.
Now for those of you interested here’s just a little write up for you on how I made this Basketball cake
I know that Basket ball is on my list of cakes to show you but unfortunately this was a very busy week so I could not video it. Also this was not a regular Basket ball as you can see.
I baked two ball pan cakes (Wilton Sports Ball Pan Set ) Choose a dense cake like my Vanilla Pound or Dense Chocolate Cake. You can use Butter cream or Ganache. In this cake I had a request for Vanilla Butter-cream. And you need to cut out a cake circle the same diameter as the cake. So you can sandwich the two domes to form a ball like so.
Here you can see I have not cut my bottom dome into two with Buttercream.I have only cut out a tiny thin slice of my bottom dome to ensure the ball sits firm on the board.
My cake had to travel and I did not want to cut out too much of the bottom making it a 3/4 ball. I wanted to make it more like the whole ball.
I put buttercream on the half.
Next I added three Dowel into the cake. Ensure they are all into the cake not protruding outside.
Once the dowels were in, I place the cake circle and the next second dome. I did sandwich the second dome with butercream.
Next crumb coat and second coat the cake with buttercream. To smooth the final coat I use a thin piece of bendable plastic. Liek one of those bendable credit cards or miles cards. Choose one that bends so you cane hold it bent and just smooth the ball. It does work wonderfully. You could also use a soft piece of acetate.
I also put a center dowel in the cake to ensure my ball doesn’t roll off the board.
Ideally if you were making a basket ball it’s fairly easy. Just cover the whole cake with your Brown/Coppertone fondant. Like you would any spear cake.
To achieve a Basket Ball color, add a few drops of orange to your brown fondant until you get the desired look. At first it sounds weird because brown is a dark versus Orange a light color but they do blend and you can see the effect.
For the panels on this one I honestly did not know how to do it. I looked at a regular basketball and with a toothpick marked the pattern. Then used a picture from the real ball (below) to see which colors correspond.
The logo is edible print. Just added with a drop of water. Do not add to much water to any edible image as the colors will bleed.
For the board I choose a wood effect cause the Basketball is an indoor game played on the wooden floor, at least here in the Tel-Aviv Maccabi court.
I just rolled out white fondant. Gave it the look of the wooden panels. Made some cuts and dents to give the wood look. In this case the wooden floor does not look old but rather has a nice clean finish so I did not make many cuts or marks.
Next I painted the whole thing with Brown, used some black and Ivory to create shades and highlights. I wish I had a better picture of the board but it was done with the ball on the board so this is the best I have.
Here is the back of the cake
Well, that’s all there is to my Basket Ball cake. I do hope I am able to make one of these soon again. If I do I will try and make a video so you can see me do it. I do hope you will find the write up useful.