I made these basketball goal cupcakes for my son's 2nd birthday. We had an "All Star Sports Theme." These were very simple to make. I used a white cake mix, of course you could use any flavor of your choice. The cupcake liner is the "net" so I did want it to look white. You also need a large sugar cookie for each cupcake for your backboard. I used store bought cookies that were soft. A harder, more sturdy cookie would have worked better just because they crumble easily if knocked over.
Once your cupcakes are cooled, frost them lightly with white icing. Frost your sugar cookies half way down. Place a dot or line of frosting on the back of the liner and "glue" on your cookie backboard. Lay them down on the cookie side until they are dry. I used orange gel to outline the cupcakes to make the goal rim, backboard outline, and square. Then I placed basketballs on the edge with a little extra icing underneath. Mine are actually chocolates, but if you can't find them you should be able to find plastic balls in any craft store.
These were a big hit with the kids and adults alike. I hope you try them for your next birthday or March Madness Party!
My husband is a big fan of KU Basketball, and since his birthday is in March - March Madness and his love for Jayhawks inspired this basketball birthday cake.
I used a chocolate cake recipe from Epicurious. I made 3 layers of the cake and frosted with seedless raspberry jam and whipped bittersweet chocolate ganache - yum! As for the decorations I made marshmallow fondant - super easy and way cheaper than buying a pre-made fondant (you can find the recipe if you Google 'marshmallow fondant'). I added gel colors to the melted marshmallow mixture, before kneading in the sugar, that way the color was uniform from the get go. I rolled out the fondant and wrapped it over the top of the frosted cake - smoothed out.
I then printed out Jayhawk the desired size and cut out individual parts. I then placed the paper parts on top of rolled out fondant of coordinating color and traced it with exacto knife. Moistened the pieces to be attached, put the Jayhawk together as well as the letters, stars and basketball and voila!
I made this round two layer basketball cake for my daughter's 12th birthday party. I used a half a ball mold and carved out a round space for the ball to be lowered into the cake. We decorated the ball with orange color and black licorice. We used a towel to dab the ball for the leather look.
We used stick pretzels around the sides of the cake to look like the net and red licorice around the outer edge to look like the rim. It was super fun to make with the kids. It's nowhere near perfect but everyone really loved it.
I don't make a lot of cakes so it took a while, like 4 hours but it was well worth it. We also tried to fill in the space of the cake tray with wrapped Dove chocolates which made an extra treat. As soon as I placed the cake on the table the kids all tried to sneak a piece of chocolate right away. My daughters both helped so it made it extra special.