I used the Wilton's 'Ball Pan' for this Beach Ball Cake Idea. You will need: 1 cake mix, 4-6 cups icing, 4 pipe bags, #3 tip, and 4 #17 tips, colors in green, blue & orange, cake board, angled spatula, finely crushed graham crackers.
Mix one box of cake mix. Be sure to grease and flour both pans for easy removal. After cakes have cooled ice the center of the cakes and stack. Place in refrigerator to set icing.
* Mix up icing. And divide into 4 parts. Make one batch of icing twice as much as the other 3. This will be the white icing in between each color. * Mix the other 3 parts into desired colors. In this picture I used blue, green and orange to match birthday decorations. * After cake has set up, begin by finding where you want the center of the ball to be. (In this pic the center was set at an angle.) Using the #3 tip and white icing draw a 1 to 1 1/2 in circle. You may use something round to indent the spot. * Now still using the #3 tip in white draw 6 lines off of the circle evenly spaced all the way to the bottom of the cake. * Using a #17 tip & white icing fill every other section in a star tip pattern. * Using a #17 tip in the remaining colors alternate sections using the same star tip pattern.
For sand spread a thin layer of white icing onto cake board. Pat crushed graham crackers onto cake board.
**If this is a smash cake, Please Do Not Use A Dowel Rod**
Be creative. Your little beach buddy will love it!
I made this beach ball cake for my son's 2nd birthday party and wow, was it the talk of the party. I also made a mini one "just for him". I used the Wilton 6" sports ball pan and a 9x9 cake for the base.
I used 2 boxes of cake mix total. Made the 9x9 base first, frosted with vanilla frosting (dying the water part blue of course)and then swirled in some white to make "white caps". The "sand" is a processed mixture of graham crackers and rice crispies for different shades of brown sprinkled in on with my hand.
The ball was made and then I sliced a bit off the bottom, so it sits evenly. Note: do not sit the ball at an angle. If you want that look, frost it to look so. The top will slide off! Frosted the sliced part and set straight on the base. Frost the center and place the top 1/2 on. I secured on all side with toothpicks to make sure it stayed in place.
Frost the entire ball for a base coat and then marked out my lines with a toothpick. If it doesn't look right you can smooth over and trace again.
The circle with the piped "2" is fondant and the rest of the ball was piped on with a star tip. Size of the tip really doesn't matter. Note: if you have to add a lot of food coloring to achieve the desired color, you can re thicken it by adding powdered sugar. Do not pipe on runny frosting, it will run down and ruin your cake!