I am making a baseball shaped cake and i'm not sure if i just carve away at my layers of cake and just secure them with dowels? help please!! asap! thank you thank you thank you
I usually make my balls - bball, soccer etc with the ball pan. It is a spherical pan that you bake each side and it creates a whole ball. I do dowel through the middle for extra support.
Have not carved a ball before.
Dee in Az
yeah, I don't think it would be easy to just carve a sphere out of cake.. a large one anyway... your best bet is to find a ball pan. Michael's or Hobby Lobby might carry one... or your nearest cake supply store...
Your other option is to use a round Pyrex dish to bake your cake in.. I've done this myself... then you just bake each half of the sphere and then stick them together... definitely use supports!
I just did a basketball cake with two 8" rounds, two 10" rounds, and a 6" round. I stacked the 8", then a 10", then doweleld that. Then a board, another 10' on top of that, and an 8" and the 6" on top of that. I carved the sphere shape, it was pretty easy (Just don't cut off a lot at once, do it bit by bit.) I didn't carve the bottom 8" layer, it was the support of the entire thing.
Since the bottom was the 8" round it wasn't perfectly spherical, and I put a fondant baketball jersey wrapping around it to disguise the base. I don't think I would go much bigger than that with it, it made me kind of nervous delivering it even though it was pretty solid.
When I made a baseball cake for my sister a few months ago I used the Wilton sphere pan, which I bought at Michaels. I also baked a rectangular cake and carved it in the shape of homeplate. I cut off just a small bit of the bottom section of the "baseball" to get it flat....stacked it on top of the "homeplate"....and added a dowel rod for support. I used BC to ice the plate and then added graham cracker crumbs to make it look "dirty" like a baseball field would be.
Good luck and hope this helps!