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I made this cake for my nephew's 5th birthday who is a basketball fanatic. I was trying to think of a cute and different idea for the cake. I had a basketball book that was shaped like a ball and had arms and feet on it. I took off the arms and feet from the book and thought it would be cute to put them on a basketball cake!!!
I just made a 9" x 13" cake and found a basketball hoop to put at the end. I then made a basketball shaped cake from a round bowl I had and stuck the feet and hands on that. I wanted it to look like the ball was jumping up to the basket.
It was a little challenging trying to make the ball and then trying to figure out a way to make it stand up. I ended up finding a glass jar and stuck that into the cake. I found a piece of sturdy orange plastic from a jar lid and put that at the bottom of the basketball and then taped that to the jar so it would stay put.
This cake was a hit with the kids and it's one of those birthday cake recipes that's not all that hard to make. Everyone thought it was such a cute and unique idea!
My daughter plays soccer, so this cake was an easy choice! We had seen a cake that looked a lot like this in a bakery catalog, so I decided to copy it the best I could. I used a photocopied design I downloaded from the Internet as a template for the soccer ball.
I used a regular sheet cake pan and a Pyrex bowl to make this cake, as well as two cake mixes.
The cakes were prepared and baked per instructions on box. I iced the ball cake with a thin layer of white icing and iced the entire sheet cake with icing tinted sky blue. Using the template, I drew the soccer ball design onto the ball cake with a toothpick, outlined everything with the black icing and filled in using a star tip and black and white icings.
The soccer "goal" was done with various size round tips, and I created the "grass" with green icing and a pull-out tip, but you could get a grassy effect using a spatula as well. I wrote on the cake freehand. The soccer ball was sitting on an aluminum-foil covered cardboard circle the same size as the cake. I stuck a few plastic straws into the sheet cake where the ball would be sitting, cut them off level with the top of the sheet cake, then sat the ball on top of the straws for support.
When ready to serve, the soccer ball was lifted off the sheet cake and the birthday girl got to dive in to her own special "mini-cake"!
It's one of my favorite birthday cake recipes.
Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada
I used a regular Duncan Hines cake mix and poured half of it into my Pampered Chef Small Batter Bowl and used the other half to make twelve cupcakes. I baked the cake right in the bowl (since it's oven safe) and when it came out, I inverted it onto a cooling rack.
When it was cool enough, I sliced off a layer of the bottom and slid it forward to become the brim of the "hat". I iced it with two colors of icing and put a "B" in smarties on the front for my son's initial and used shoelace licorice strings for the seam lines on the hat. I used the same licorice strings to make the lacing on the cupcakes to make them look like baseballs. They were iced with white frosting.
This is one of those birthday cake recipes that's real easy to do and the whole process didn't take much time at all!
Here's a Race Car Track Cake that my husband and I made for my son's 3rd birthday on June 14th. He loves race cars so we came up with this cake. It could easily be transformed to NASCAR or Hot wheels, we used a mini race car set with red, white, and checkered flags that came in a set at our local store.
To make the cake I used one 9 inch round cake and one 13x9 inch cake (we made each in different flavors). Once the cake is baked and cooled, the edges and tops were trimmed and the round cake was cut in half. The 9x13 was also trimmed so that the 1/2 round pieces would fit on the ends evenly.
The race track was made by frosting with brown/chocolate frosting and the "infield" was frosted with green colored vanilla frosting for grass and then sprinkled with green sugar crystals. The peppermint lifesavers were cut in half and added as the inside rail/tire fence. Frosting was added to outside edges of cakes and graham cracker sticks were added for the fence. We then added finishing touches including the mini race car set and flags.
It's one of those birthday cake recipes that's great for the entire family. My 4 children loved being able to help with this cake.
Cape Town, South Africa
My son wanted a Springbok Rugby ball cake. I took an oval-shaped baking tin or you can bake two original square sponge cakes and size them in a Rugby ball-shape.
I used icing (only margarine and icing sugar) to cover the cake and shape it up and finally covered the cake with plastic icing. Finally I painted it with food colors. For the rugby poles I used 4 candy straws.
Fruitvale, B.C. , Canada
For my son, Brayden's, first birthday I made a baseball bat and ball birthday cake, so this year I wanted to stay in the same theme, but I wanted to do something different. So I came up with the idea of a soccer ball, baseball and hockey puck birthday cakes.
For the hockey puck I used a brownie recipe and chocolate fudge icing. For the baseball I found a rich yellow buttery cake recipe on the Web. It was very tasty. For the soccer ball I used a cherry chip cake mix. The icing is a white chocolate butter cream frosting. I used fruit roll ups and shoe lace licorice to decorate with. These birthday cake recipes were quite easy and turned out really good. Everyone enjoyed the cakes.
Here are the birthday cake recipes I used:
- White chocolate butter cream frosting:
- 2 sticks (8oz) unsalted butter, softened
- 12 oz Baker's white chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
Cream butter at medium speed in a large bowl. Add cooled melted white chocolate and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add icing sugar and vanilla and beat at low speed until light and fluffy.
Fry's Fudgey Brownies
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup Fry's cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
In a small bowl put all dry ingredients and wire whisk together. In a large mixing bowl add melted butter and sugar and beat together. Add one egg at a time and beat well, add vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Pour into greased and floured 9x13 baking pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until done.
Buttery Yellow Cake
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 11 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9" springform or cake pan. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks until thick and creamy. Add the vanilla and mix again. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Add the heavy cream and the butter. Mix on low speed until all of the ingredients are moistened. Increase to high speed and mix for 90 seconds. Add the egg mixture in small batches and mix for about 15 seconds after each addition (or until well blended). Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean and the cake just starts to separate from the sides of the pan. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove and let finish cooling on the wire rack.
I used a glass pyrex bowl and greased and floured it, to make the shape of the ball.
Tips - I had a soccer ball and put a piece of paper on the hexagon shape and cut it out. I downsized the shape to fit and look properly on the cake. I used fruit roll ups for the shapes.
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup coca-cola
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
In medium saucepan melt margarine, add cocoa and mix thoroughly, add cola and bring to a boil. Take off heat and add vanilla and then add icing sugar gradually.
Another tip - I freeze my cakes and then they ice much more nicely. No crumbs.
I used half this recipe for the hockey puck, depending on how much icing you like on it.
Very fudgy icing and much enjoyed!!
It's one of my favorite birthday cake recipes.