In advance: Prepare fondant pieces. Add 2 teaspoons Gum-Tex to 17 1/2 oz. fondant. Tint as follows: 4 1/2 oz. light brown, 3 1/2 oz. dark brown, 4 oz. black, 2 oz. blue; reserve remaining 3 1/2 oz. white.
For Hat Brim: Roll out blue 1/8 in. thick. Use pattern to cut brim.
For Bat: Shape a light brown circle 1/4 x 1 in. for bottom. Use remaining light brown to shape 7 1/2 in. long bat with 4 in. diameter top, 2 1/2 in. diameter bottom.
For Mitt: Using pattern, shape dark brown fondant, about 3/4 in. thick at wrist. Press with thumb to form ball pocket. Push onto 4 in. dowel rod; use knife to shape fingers and thumb.
For Hand: Using pattern, shape white fondant, about 3/4 in. thick at wrist, tapering to 3/8 in. at fingers. Insert 4 in. dowel rod at wrist. Use knife to cut slits for fingers; shape and wrap around another dowel rod, lightly greased to avoid sticking.
For Shoes: Shape black fondant into 2 tapered ovals, about 3/4 x 3 in. long. Push onto end of 4 1/2 in. dowel rods. Let all pieces dry 2-3 days on cornstarch-dusted surface.
Bake and cool 1 Mini Ball and 1/2 Soccer Ball cake. Position soccer ball on foil-covered board; ice smooth. Tint fondant as follows: 2 1/2 oz. blue, 2 oz. red, 1 1/2 oz. black; reserve 1/2 oz. white. Roll out all 1/8 in. thick.
Use patterns to cut whites of eyes, pupils, mouth and tongue; position on cake. Cut 1/4 in. red strips for sock stripes; attach to dowel rod with damp brush, trimming to fit.
Cut 1/4 x 11 in. long red strips for baseball seams; cut 1/4 x 1 in. strips for stitches, pinching to V-shape. Attach using damp brush.
Position arms and legs by pushing dowel rods into cake. Attach bottom circle to bat with icing and slide bat into hand. Shape 1/4 in. fondant cones for spikes; use icing to attach to bottom of shoes in 2 rows, 4 spikes each.
Prepare Mini Ball for rolled fondant. Roll out blue fondant 1/8 in. thick; cover cake, trimming bottom edges. Divide into 8ths. Cut 1/8 in. wide strips; using damp brush, attach over marks for seams. Roll small ball and flatten for top button; attach with damp brush. Attach hat cake to fondant brim with icing. Position hat on ball.
Rookies and vets alike will line up to see this heavy hitting cake design, baked in our Little Hero Pan. He?ll fit right in with your home team?s colors and numbers. The pull-out grass and baseball border make this a winner!