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Basketball Cake

Hoop it up with this 3-D Basketball Cake, made in our 2-piece Sports Ball Pan!
Makes: Cake serves 12.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

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.

Step 2

Make 3 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1/2 cup brown
Tint 2 1/2 cups terra cotta (thin 3/4 cup with 2 teaspoons light corn syrup)

Step 3

Decorate in Order

Step 4

1. With a serrated knife, slice a small piece of cake off rounded side of one half so that, when assembled, cake will sit level.
2. Ice smooth or cover this trimmed area with tip 16 terra cotta stars. Place this half with trimmed side down on serving plate. Make a dam on top of this half by squeezing out a band of icing about 3/4 in. high around the edge. With spatula, spread icing, jam, pudding or other filling in center.
3. Position top half to form ball. Ice cake lightly in thinned terra cotta.
4. Using toothpick, mark sections (divide each half in 4ths). 5. Use tip 3 and brown icing to outline section lines. 6. Use tip 16 and terra cotta icing to cover sections with stars.

Step 5

Baking Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions.

Step 6

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.

Step 7
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 Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).
Step 8
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.
Step 9
Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.
Step 10
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.
Step 11
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.
Step 12
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.
Step 13

We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.

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Basketball Cake is rated 4.3462 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My grandson absolutely loved his basketball cake. I love Wilton ideas, tools and pans. It would have been easy if not for the lines to draw. My reason for the post: terra cotta icing color doesn't make the color needed for a basketball at all, starting with white buttercream. It was a beautiful color in the pink family for which i have many ideas to use color. I literally had to work for hours using other colors to turn it the rich color orange as to not waste the icing. Thank goodness I had them to use. Plus, I haven't seen a basketball with markings like the instuctions state. I altered the brown lines like a real one looks.
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decorating is the hardest part, it takes alot of time but worth it. I placed the basketball on top of a square cake. I used think tan colored frosting for the square cake before placing the ball on it. I imprinted the square with a wood pattern to make it look like the ball was sitting on a basketball floor. Then placed the ball (with a puddle of frosting to hold it) onto the floor. I placed a wooden rod through the ball into the floor to hold it better in place. Then decorated the ball. The cake was for a boy that plays on a wooden floor in a gym. It was a great hit for the boy. I got request from the coach to make one for the team. It was my first time using the pan, and was very happy with the results.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This cake is pretty cute, the decorating is simple but tedious even with the 3 star tip. The most difficult part for me was getting enough batter in the pan to make a decent sphere. Maybe with more time and experience I will learn the fine tunings of the 3d ball pan. I did try the ball with filling but it still wound up more egg shaped that spherical. I did wind up just keeping them in two seperate halves and decorating one as a soccer ball and one as a basketball.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this as a topper to a 1/2 sheet cake for a birthday cake, and the recipient of the cake was just amazed about the ball. The only problem I had was that I ran out of icing, so I had to make another batch, and I wasn't able to quite match the shades but it wasn't that much off. It was fun making this cake. A little time consuming with all the piping, but the reaction I got was very much worth the work.
Date published: 2011-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Now this was my favorite cake to make because I play basketball for my high school. I took this one to the game for the team and they didnt wont to cut it. I really enjoyed making this cake. I also used this pan to make my cousin a cake for his birthday he plays tennis so I just colored my icing yellow and put the black strips on it. I made a tennis racket to go on the side of the cake.
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my son. I used a pound cake recipe for a dense cake that would hold together good. The decorating is a little tricky for a beginner like me, but if you go slow you can make it look good. Marking the sections off with toothpicks is important so that you get it right. I did not put any filling in the center of mine, but will try that next time.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is one of the first cakes I ever made. The hardest part is trying to get the black lines in the right spot and then making the stars around them. One suggestion is that after you have done several stars and you see that your icing is gettin warm, put your bag into the fridge and wait for it to cool down. You'll get more even stars that way.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my dad's birthday - I changed the colors to blue and white for UK. The most difficult part of this cake was decorating the bottom. I started with the bottom half laying flat - starred in the icing, then flipped it over and placed on the board. The rest of the cake was a lot easier.
Date published: 2011-05-12
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