This homemade softball birthday cake was made for my little girls softball birthday party... I used a "ball" cake pan to make the ball and two square cake pans for the field.
After baking, while still warm, I put the cakes in the freezer. By freezing them, it makes them easier to handle and they won't break. This was especially important for the ball. By wrapping them in plastic wrap and freezing them while they are still warm, it keeps the moisture in the cake. Eating them after they defrosted, you had no idea that the cake was ever frozen (I heard that the pros do this as well).
For the grass, I took shaved coconut, put in a freezer bag and put green dye and shook it up. For the "dirt" I used graham crackers, and crushed them up and then sifted them with a strainer to get just the finest pieces.
Bases, bat and ball are made out of homemade marshmallow fondant. Because it was for a girl, I made flowers out of icing to make it "feminine".
Other ideas for the party: I went to Walmart and bough the cheapest softballs I could find. Bought a six pack of permanent markers all different colors. I had each kid when they first arrive, autograph the balls. They looked real cool cause the "autographs" were different colors. Each kid wen they left got a ball as a souvenir.
I went to the dollar store and bought baseball caps ($1 each) and ave the kids the hats. We played kickball on the street. Dinner was like a food stand and I cooked hot dogs and hamburgers.
This White Sox Baseball Cake was relatively simple to make. A friend of mine requested that I make it for her brother-in-law's 30th. He is a White Sox fan so I decided to go with a baseball plate with a baseball on it. The cake was simply funfetti cake mix.
The plate was baked in a Wilton hexagon cake pan. I have the set so I used the largest one which is 15" but I needed the shape to be closer to a baseball plate so I cut the bottom of the cake off. I covered it in white marshamallow fondant and then black on the edges since my husband explained to me baseball plates have a black edge to them.
For the White Sox logo, I blew up an image of it and cut it out on paper. Then I took my knife and traced around it on top of the fondant to come up with the logo.
The baseball was baked in the Wilton ball pan. I followed those directions and covered it in white fondant (a bit tricky). I made red fondant stitching and added it to the ball. I stuck the ball on top of the cake with a few dowel rods and it stayed in place well.
I was happy with how the cake turned out. I think the black, white and red contrast made it really stick out and look crisp and it was easy to make. It was a large cake and in order to get the ball, plate proportions right, it had to be. I'd say this cake would serve about 50.