Score a big hit with this season?s-opener?a tasty cake shaped like a baseball. Make it in the Soccer ball pan, covered and decorated in buttercream icing. And there are enough servings for the entire team (12).
Prepare Icing We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.
Make 4 1/4 cups buttercream icing: Tint 1/4 cup red
Reserve 4 cups white
Decorate in Order
Use thinned white icing and spatula to ice ball smooth.
Use tip 3 and red icing to pipe stitching lines on ball.
Preheat oven to 350 For temperature per recipe directions.
Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.
Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour, or use New Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).
Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.
Bake cake on middle rack of 350 F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.
Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.
To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.
To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.
Rated 4 out of
I make this cake for my great nephew. I cooked it at 325 degrees for about 45-50 minutes. I also used half apple sauce and half oil and it made the cake more dense. It turned out great. Generously grease and flour the pan and the cakes will come out easily.
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 5 out of
This cake is very easy! I like to cover it in fondant to give it a smooth finish! Also looks good if you use the grass tip around the edges! I had a little trouble getting the cake out without it cracking! I think I should have greased it better!
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of
i thought this was a fairly easy cake. it was one of the first i made. just remember to cook the cake at a low temp and longer to cook it all the way without burning
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of
I made this cake for my nephews TBall game and it was awesome, I didn't like the smoothed look so I used the "star" pattern to cover the cake and it looks good like that as well. I baked a 10" round cake and stacked the ball on top, then used the grass tip to make blades of grass covering the round cake - it gave a look of the ball sitting in the grass.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 3 out of
Love this cake pan, and love that I can use it for SO many different cakes, but I had trouble getting both halves to cook at the same time. One was done in the 35-40 minutes the instructions said to bake it, the other took over an hour, and STILL wasn't baked all the way through, and then the middle crumbled out, so I was only able to do 1 half instead of the full 3d cake.
However, the decorating was pretty easy, a bit time consuming making the stitching.