Mr. Biddle Bits and I are both early-July babies...so we just celebrated our birthdays! Unfortunately, about a week before our birthday celebrations, he came down with Shingles. YUCK! I tried everything to make him feel better and to boost his spirit, but there really wasn't much I could do but just be there for him.
Thankfully, he was feeling slightly better on his birthday - well enough to go out for lunch and for a quick run to Target ;)...AND for cake and ice cream! (which makes everything better, am I right?!)
He loves to golf, so I made him a cake in the shape of a golf ball. It was actually really easy, if you have the right materials.
What you need:
- 1 box of cake mix and ingredients it requires
- 1 can of frosting (or you can use homemade, if you'd like...I'm 9 months pregnant, so went with pre-made Pillsbury vanilla icing)
- non-stick cooking/baking spray
- Wilton "sports ball" pan set: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30ABD4-475A-BAC0-5B381DA1BA82E3D3
- plastic chopstick, or another object with a blunt, round edge.
(forgive me...I didn't initially think to turn this into a blog post, so didn't take pictures of the first steps)
Step #1 - Preparation and baking:
- preheat oven according to cake mix instructions.
- Prepare your pans by spraying with non-stick cooking/baking spray.
- Mix cake mix ingredients together, as directed.
- Follow instructions in the pan set. They're *very* easy to follow!: Pour cake batter into ball pans and bake until a long toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (I believe mine took about 45-50 minutes to fully bake) Let cool. Follow cake pan instructions to flatten the tops of each half-circle, by cutting off the excess cake (then eat it!!)
- Turn cake pans over to release 2 half-circle cakes.
- I prefer to cover and refrigerate my cakes over night (or at least for a few hours) - it helps "firm up" the cake and reduce the amount of crumbs while I'm decorating it.
- Using a long serrated knife, cut a small amount from the top of *one* of the circles - to create a flat base for the cake to sit on.
- Smear a small amount of icing on your cake plate/platter and place the small, flat portion of that half-circle on the plate. That icing will ensure the cake won't slide around on your cake platter. Now you have created the bottom half of your golf ball cake.
- Using a clean, smooth knife, spread a thin layer of icing on the large, flat cake surface in front of you, and place the other half of your golf ball on top of that.
- You should now be looking at a 3-D, ball-shaped cake.
- Using a clean, smooth knife, carefully take icing and smooth it over the entire round cake. Stick it back in the fridge for 30 minutes or so, to help harden the icing.
- Then, get a cup of cool water. Using a flat spreader/spatula (like this one), dip the spatula in the water and carefully smooth over your icing. This is a trick to help get as smooth an icing surface as possible. Continue to dip it in water and smooth the icing until you're happy. Here's my "happy":
- Put back in fridge for 10-15 minutes to help harden the icing.
- Remove cake from fridge. Dip the fat end of a plastic chopstick in your cup of water and make a shallow indentation in your icing. Continue the indentations in a straight line. You can probably make 4-6 indentations before you need to dip it in water again. (the water keeps the chopstick from sticking to the icing. You may need to clean off the chopstick every now and then with a paper towel - just to prevent icing from sticking. You can also put the cake back in the fridge every 10 minutes or so...the harder the icing, the easier this indentation process will be.
- Continue to make indentations until the cake is covered in dimples!
The indentations are a little time consuming, but they're KEY in making this look like a golf ball!
Step #4 - Enjoy your masterpiece!!:
I'm sure you could create some sort of golf tee with a cake plate to more creatively present the cake...but again...at 9 months pregnant, I was feeling pretty good to have even MADE a cake for his birthday - the fact that it sat on a paper plate was ok by me (and the birthday boy) :)