PaulineG Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 10:58am
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Hi There,

I was wondering, for those of you who have done a soccer ball cake before, is it difficult? I have been asked to do a cake similar to this for a customer:

http://www.thecakestore.co.uk/acatalog/Football___Scarf.html

I am not hugely experienced, and just wondered if I should give it a try, seeing as though I am a relatively newbie?

Thanks
Pauline

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majka_ze Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 1:08pm
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It is not a difficult cake. Do you have a half ball pan? It is not strictly necessary, you can make this cake without it.

The design your customer choose is even easier than "a soccer ball only" cake, because the scarf can hide a lot of imperfections.

Here is a step-by-step "tutorial" in pictures http://seva.rajce.idnes.cz/Mic-postup/

The pentagons and hexagons have the same length of the side - it is pretty much 1/5 of the diameter of the ball - this means 20 cm diameter - 4 cm side or 6 inch diameter (sport ball pan) - 1 1/5 inch side.

If you don't own a ball pan - either use stainless steel bowl or pyrex bowl, or even colander as substitute, or bake sheet cake and cut circles, stack and shape.

I would say - definitively take the order and bake the cake!
Good luck!

Makeitmemorable Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 2:16pm
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Originally Posted by majka_ze

It is not a difficult cake.
I would say - definitively take the order and bake the cake!
Good luck!




I agree, I have made this cake a couple of times but I have the wilson ball tin. I have attached a picture. The only thing I would say to make your life easier is that make sure you start with your black hexagon in the centre at the top and work your way around and down from there. There is no other way of getting the pattern to meet up and if you can't get it to meet at the bottom, it won't matter because you can put your scarfe around it.

Good luck,
LL

PaulineG Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 6:14pm
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Thanks so much for the tips! I think I am going to give it a try icon_eek.gif . It's only due for 12th September, so I still have time to figure it out.

Thanks
Pauline

Normita Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 6:23pm
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Originally Posted by majka_ze

It is not a difficult cake. Do you have a half ball pan? It is not strictly necessary, you can make this cake without it.

The design your customer choose is even easier than "a soccer ball only" cake, because the scarf can hide a lot of imperfections.

Here is a step-by-step "tutorial" in pictures http://seva.rajce.idnes.cz/Mic-postup/

The pentagons and hexagons have the same length of the side - it is pretty much 1/5 of the diameter of the ball - this means 20 cm diameter - 4 cm side or 6 inch diameter (sport ball pan) - 1 1/5 inch side.

If you don't own a ball pan - either use stainless steel bowl or pyrex bowl, or even colander as substitute, or bake sheet cake and cut circles, stack and shape.

I would say - definitively take the order and bake the cake!
Good luck!




Where can I purchase those hexagon cutters?

majka_ze Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 6:38pm
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Where can I purchase those hexagon cutters?




You don't need cutter - make simple cardboard template and cut around it. You don't need too many hexagons for the cake and it is simpler to make the template than to buy an exact cutter.

You could make a homemade cutter - either from metal or even from plastic strip, but it could be more work than to cut around a template. Unless you plan to make countless soccer balls, of course icon_smile.gif

PinkLisa Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 9:21pm
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I agree that your design will be much easier since the bottom is covered where all the problems begin. Thanks majka-ze for the formula for the hexagon/pentagon sizes. I eyeballed it and it was close but then had problems at the bottom.

I used the half ball pan but had to trim the sides to make it a exactly round. I have a picture of my cake in my photos.

Makeitmemorable Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 9:44pm
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Originally Posted by Normita



Where can I purchase those hexagon cutters?



You don't need cutter - make simple cardboard template and cut around it. You don't need too many hexagons for the cake and it is simpler to make the template than to buy an exact cutter.




I made my own also, I used an old lid from a butter or margarine container - once you have finished you can wash it and use it again and again, I have used mine a few times.

mysonshines Posted 24 Aug 2009 , 10:50pm
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Kim, what a great idea to make the pattern reusable!

TheBlonde Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 12:41am

I did a soccer ball cake and it wasn't too bad. I definitely recommend using fondant istead of BC which is what I used. SOOOO MANY STARS! I had the claw hand when I was done and wasn't able to make my hand flat until the next morning...lol

PaulineG Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 8:24am

That's a great tip about the margarine lid! I have also had a look at the tutorial, and it's brilliant. I think I will try and get the Wilton soccer ball pan this week.

Thanks once again for all the info and advice.

Pauline

dutchy1971 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 1:57pm

http://www.cakecraftshop.co.uk/cgi-bin/trolleyed_public.cgi?action=showprod_FRA176D181&url=http://www.cakecraftshop.co.uk/shop/6/311/99/index.htm

I found these awhile ago, but they don't ship to US, seems much easier than cutting around a template. I agree with the black hexagon on top, I figured that out when I was half done with mine.

Mom_Of_4 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 3:07pm

How many people does the wilton ball pan feed? I have a cake order for only 10 servings and I am not sure what size pan to do the customer wants either a soccer field or a baseball field, but since she only needs it to feed 10 people this would be kind of difficult. Any thoughts?

majka_ze Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 3:12pm
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How many people does the wilton ball pan feed?




Wilton sports ball pan - here http://www.wilton.com/idea/Soccer-Ball-Cake - is said to feed 12.

There is even a pattern for the pentagons and hexagons.

PaulineG Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 4:00pm

Oh no! Only 12 people? My customer needs it for 20 people. I guess I should have made sure. Does anyone have any ideas about what I can do to make up the portions?

Pauline

DefyGravity Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 6:35pm
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Originally Posted by PaulineG

Oh no! Only 12 people? My customer needs it for 20 people. I guess I should have made sure. Does anyone have any ideas about what I can do to make up the portions?

Pauline




I know some people have put a 6" round in between the two halves of the ball. It's not perfectly round that way, but it doesn't look TOO odd.

I've made one soccer ball (in my photos) and I really underestimated it. I copied and cut out the pattern but completely failed at piping it on. I ended up piping stars all over it and cutting out black pieces of fondant in the appropriate areas.

Make sure to cut a flat spot on whichever half is going to be the bottom, so it stays put. Someone told me to put icing on the bottom to anchor it, but for me, all it did was put it on roller skates and it ended up sliding all over the place. Putting a bit of chocolate underneath would have been better. Although, I think the scarf might help hold it still.

Good luck!

mjk350 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 7:03pm

You could place it on top of another cake. I've seen that done in the photos. icon_smile.gif

majka_ze Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 7:38pm

Pauline, the soccer ball pan - as here - http://www.wilton.com/idea/Gridiron-Classic is ca. 8 1/2 inch and the half serve 12. This would be the approx. size you would need.

It would be also the size of Betty Betty Crocker Bake 'n Fill pan - it is 8 inch - http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4407981 - I mean the dome pan

Alternatively, you could:

- find an 8" - 9" big pyrex or stainless steel bowl and bake there
- carve from 8 or 9 inch round
- cut rounds from sheet cake, stack and carve

Normally, you could stretch the servings number by stacking two cakes - rectangular and ball, but you need only 8 to 10 additional servings.

PaulineG Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 10:14am

This is probably a really stupid question, but I wanted to clarify...... Does a complete round soccer ball serve 12 people, or is it half that serves 12? Sorry if this is a silly question.

Pauline

majka_ze Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 10:44am

The complete ball cake - servings approx.:

Diameter 6" (15 cm) serves ca. 12
Diameter 8" (20 cm) serves ca. 24

This is according to Wilton site, but I have seen it already mentioned somewhere here on CC.

One more idea what could work:

6" (sports ball pan) on top of 2" high 9" round cake - this should give you the necessary servings and doesn't look bad - see attachment for drawing.
LL

ladycake17 Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 2:11pm

I have an order for the ball cake but it has to be the planet Jupiter. Has anyone wrapped a ball cake in fondant? Is it hard to do or does anyone have any suggestions on how I should do it?

majka_ze Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 2:26pm

For the Jupiter cake - covering ball with fondant is something awful. The football cake is different, because you make a mosaic.

But there is some grace in the "Jupiter" part. See it yourself
Image

For me, it prompts to be made in buttercream. Easier work, easier decoration.

In fondant: Make the halves, cover each half separately. Glue the halves together with little icing and cover the seam - either with marbled wider strip for the middle of the planet, or a narrow strip of fondant over the seam only. Smooth again and paint.

Alternatively for fondant: Torte the halves in the middle (4 layers now) and stack asymmetrically - leave one layer and stack three layers together. The stacked part would be the bottom part in the picture. Again, cover with fondant separately. It could be easier to disguise the seam this way.

KareyP Posted 26 Oct 2014 , 3:06pm

This reply may be too late for your cake order, but I made cupcakes and piped them with grass to make up the difference in the servings.

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