Sport Cakes Part2:Basketball

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

On Sunday I watched the Yankees win their 40th ALCS and later this week they will play in the World Series! Tomorrow is also the start of the NBA basketball season.  To celebrate these two things, I have put together a "sports cakes" feature. (see part 1 entry below for the baseball cake)

This life size basketball cake was made for my husband's 28th birthday!  He loves anything basketball and was even a manager for the University of Michigan basketball team for 4 years.  Go blue!

I started off by making a wood grain base to replicate the hardwood floors of a basketball court.  Then I carved the cake to make a sphere.  Half the cake was styrofoam simply because I only needed the cake to feed ~8-10 people.




I think it took roughly two hours to poke all these little holes.  It's the details that matter!



This is a comparison of the real ball on the left and the cake on the right.  I boosted the orange color for the fondat because I thought the real ball was too dark for a celebration cake.





 


28 comments:

wildchildwu said...

omg. I'm in slight shock. sooooooooooo siiiiiiiiiickkkkk!!!!

Anonymous said...

That is so so awesome!!!!

Alinda said...

Wow a lot of hard work but it looks really awesome. I hope he liked the cake and I bet it tasted good.

Lisa said...

AMAZING!!!

amalapropos said...

This was definitely featured somewhere, on a cake blog I follow-- I'll find the link and send it to you! This is fantastic... I'm sure it tasted as good as the leaf cake!

Jennywenny said...

Just found your blog via amy atlas and I'm in awe of your cakes, lovely job! Its particularly cool to see one cut up!!

Jennifer Lee said...

I stumbled upon your site through the recommendation of Amy Atlas's blog and I'm so glad I did. You're cakes are fantastic!

My husband's 35th birthday is coming up and he's a huge basketball fan - a cake like this would be perfect. It's amazing, great job!!!

Jenn

Lovey said...

This cake is absolutely amazing. I'm wondering, if you ever make another cake like this, could you just press the fondant against the real basketball to leave the texture impression on it? It seems like it would save a lot of time. Just a thought.

Amanda said...

lol dont ya read comments like the one lovely left and think...

DOH!

lol Oh well. It looks beautiful!

Blessings-
Amanda

LizShim said...

actually i tried it on a little test piece of fondant first and it doesnt work like you would imagine, plus the texture is opposite so i think it was worth the time to poke the holes to make it more realistic/exaggerated :)

lyndsay said...

YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! sorry for all the caps but it's true! love the details, and yes, absolutely they are what makes it! :)

Ruth said...

Hi. Amazing work! I was just wondering how long this basketball could sit? I've made a ball cake before that looked great when I first put it together, but then a few hours later the weather got hot and the bottom of the ball started collapsing on itself. What do you recommend?

Anonymous said...

You have to tell me how you did each process! Like how did you apply the fondant and cut the letters out? I'm dying to make this cake for my fiancee but have no idea where to start! Yours is absolutely amazing. So envious!

Nadine said...

Fantastic cake. Would you be able to say what type of cake you used? I'm looking at making a basketball cake later in the year and the kids don't like mud cake, your looks like a much lighter texture.

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This is amazing. How did you do this? At first glance, i swore it was a basketball. You are definitely talented.

Anonymous said...

I would kill to be able to make one of these cakes. It's my boyfriends 21st in October and he's a massive Houston Rockets fan. I'm trying to find places/people who can make basketball related cakes and so far noone has accepted the challenge. Seeing this is amazing! I just wish someone near me would be able to do something so fantastic! Exceptional masterpiece! x

Anonymous said...

This is the best basketball cake ever! Can you please tell me how you cut out the letters on fondant? Did you trace and cut with an xacto knife? Also, how did you get the NBA logo on there? The letters look so perfect and clean, with no rough edges. Thank you!

Nancy said...

This is amazing! I am doing a basketball cake for a grooms cake this weekend and this has been very helpful! Would you mind sharing the size cakes they were? Thank you!

Katie Hagen said...

you are incredibly talented, this is amazing! i would love to make a cake like this for my basketball-obsessed husband! i'm sure i couldnt get it to look nearly this perfect, but do you mind sharing how you did the fondant letters? I would love to attempt something similar.

Jenn said...

Very nice

Anonymous said...

How did you do the black basketball lines?

Ramona said...

This is absouletly amazing could direct myself and others with step by step directions? I love a challenge and that's what this amazing cake looks like this had to be rewarding to your ego it's perfect congradulations

Anonymous said...

This was on 9gag!

Katrina Payne said...

What Size Is The Styrofaom Dome & What's The Inches Of The Cake Layers?

emma rhodes said...

to katrina...
just get a real ball and measure it. i know sometimes we are on time restraints and do not get our answers we need in time.

Anonymous said...

How did you do the lettering? I'm planning on making one on my bf's school basketball league championship party... Your work is so incredible... All praise to this piece of yours :)

Anonymous said...

This is amazing!!! but how on earth did you make it stand!!! Im trying to make it for my friend for her birthday, but I dont know here to start! :0

Anonymous said...

Hi! :) Im planning to this too. Thank you so much for the step details and pictures!
May I know what kind of fondant did you use to cover the cake in orange? and how did you carve the cake in a circular shape soo smoothly?
I'm sure a knife wouldn't have the same result
THANKS A LOT!