How to Make a Soccer Ball Cake

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This soccer ball cake would be perfect for a birthday party or team celebration. It's as easy to make as it is fun. The secret to this 3D soccer ball cake is using a bowl instead of a regular cake pan to make the shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Two cake mixes
  • 4 qt metal bowl
  • Waxed paper
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Brown food coloring
  • 2 Cake decorating bags
  • Medium star tip
  • Large star tip
  • Following the directions on the cake mix, preheat the oven to the temperature needed for a bundt pan. Grease and flour the metal bowl.

  • Prepare your cake mix and pour it into the bowl. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. If the cake is not done, leave it in for 10 more minutes and check it again. Keep checking every 10 minutes until the cake is cooked.

  • When you pull the cake out of the oven it will be rounded on the top. You can either spray the bottom of a plate with cook spray and press down on the top to flatten it, or wait until the cake has cooled and cut the rounded part off with a sharp knife.

  • Remove the cake from the pan and turn it upside down so that the flat part is on the bottom. Place strips of waxed paper around the cake to keep the surface underneath free of frosting.

  • Spread a thin layer of frosting all around the soccer ball cake to lock in the crumbs. Let this crumb layer harden before you begin decorating the cake.

  • Use a real soccer ball to make a template of the pentagon and hexagon shapes that you will need.

  • Use a toothpick to mark the outlines of the shapes on your cake in the pattern of a soccer ball. The shapes won't fit together perfectly, but do your best. The most important thing is to make the black pentagons the same size and evenly spaced apart because these are the most noticeable.

  • Outline the pentagons with brown or black frosting using the medium star tip. This is the perfect time to make adjustments if the pentagons on your soccer ball cake are not even. Fill in the outlines with more stars.

  • Fill in the rest of the cake with white frosting using the medium star tip. Make your stars in straight rows and fill in each shape completely before moving onto the next one. Vary the direction of the lines of stars in each shape so that the shapes will stand out. You can outline the white hexagons with a thin line of black or brown frosting to make them stand out more if you want.

  • Remove the waxed paper and use the large star tip to pipe frosting around the edge of the cake.

Tips & Warnings

  • The heat from your hand can warm the frosting so much that it become hard to work with. If this happens, put the bag of frosting in the fridge for a few minutes to cool it off.

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