I made this 3D basketball cake for my son's 2nd birthday. I used the sports ball pan from Wilton. The best thing about Wilton is they give you different decorating ideas for each pan you buy and tell you which coloring gels to use to get the perfect color.
I thought the color on this turned our wonderfully. It only requires 1 boxed cake mix. I tinted white store bought icing according to the Wilton directions and used black icing gel to make the lines. It seems to be a small cake so I used it as my son's personal cake to tear into. My biggest tip for this cake would be to make sure and cut a good flat bottom for it to sit on.
I cut it down a little, but during transporting it, I was scared to death it was going to roll off the board! My son loved this cake. I think a 3-D object has such a greater impact than the flat cakes and it was fun to do. Good Luck!
This basketball cake was made for Inbar's 5th birthday. He loves basketball and is a fan of the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv, who's colors are yellow and blue. The cake is a chocolate cake, any chocolate cake will do, as long as it is baked in a half ball cake tray. It's topped with RFM colored orange and lined with an eatable black marker.
The figure on top is made with RFM as well and for his hair I used a garlic crusher. This was my first time using RFM which is not such an easy material to handle. There's need for instructions from more professional RFM artists than me, but since children like the very sweet taste of it, and it enables endless imaginative opportunities, I think I'll allow my children once a year this kind of cake.
Inbar, our youngest child out of three, was so happy with this cake in his kindergarden celebration, that he asked for a similar cake a few days later in the family celebration.
This Basketball Jersey Birthday Cake was a birthday cake request that needed to travel - 4 hours!! I made the cake support out of wood to add support. The cake also has internal supports - several wooden dowels, to make sure the cake doesn't slide during travel.
The cake was a 3 layered sheet cake that I cut down to size to make the design. To ensure that both sides are identical I actually cut the right side first in 1 piece and flipped that piece over onto the left side and used it as my template! Usually you have to shave down a little more to make it perfect, but it helps to keep things even!!
I didn't use fondant on this cake because of how far it had to travel, this is all buttercream.
My sister asked me to make a Kobe Bryant jersey cake. I told her just a jersey isn't challenging enough, I like to push it over the top. So this is the Homemade Basketball Jersey Cake I built. The wood floor is vanilla sponge with vanilla pudding filling, the fondant was hand painted with a wood texture. I've been looking for some reason to replicate wood, this was the perfect time.
The bottom half of the ball is rice krispie treats, for support. The top half is chocolate sponge cake with a Swiss creme chocolate filling, then covered in fondant. The jersey is fondant with all details added then draped over ball and wood floor.