I have to make a bowling ball cake next week and wanted to know the best way to cover a 3D ball cake? I am clueless as to how to even begin. Help please?
I just used the 3D ball pan this week! The first time for a baseball I iced it smooth, and the last two times I've piped it with the star tip - see my baseball! The box comes with directions.
Not to sure if I'd trust myself to use fondant on it.. lol
For the bowling ball - I would carve out the holes a little - for where the fingers go! Everyone always ask my to use the star tip if I make it for them!
On tv, they always use fake styrofoam on the bottom half of the ball and cake on the top (for support). As for the fondant, that would be really hard not to get wrinkles on the bottom. I guess I'd just keep working it adn trimming as you go. Hopefully you'll get more replies. Good Luck!
I covered small styro ball for a baby rattle with fondant and it was hard at the bottom to not have wrinkles. If i were to do it again, I would try white chocolate MMF, I understand it's a little easier to smooth out with a spoon and hide the pleats. I also saw on tv, when they did cover 2 ppl did it and work real fast, they were pro's and still looked stressed a bit..lol.
Hope to see it ~ lets us know what worked!
your best way is to use a fondant that is stretchy and doesn't dry as fast. You will have to work fast, and try to stretch the fondant on the bottom half a bit as opposed to just laying it on, Does that make sense? you won't have trouble on the top half, just the bottom, so stretchy fondant works best!
Hope it works out for you! Let us know.
I recently did a soccer ball and it was HARD. I swore I never wanted to put fondant on a spherical surface again. If I have to do a soccer ball again I would take the time to cut out the individual soccer tiles and put them on one by one.
I vote buttercream I did this black christmas ornament and I had no problem with covering and smoothing the buttercream.
If you go with frosting, use a super dark chocolate buttercream (I use Dutch Cocoa) and then tint black. Or better yet airbrush it if you have one. I did have a lot of black teeth which was a bummer, but those were the colors
If you do use fondant, I've covered small round objects and I find if I have much larger piece of fondant than I need, I can wrap the ball completely around it and then just "pinch" the bottom to get off the excess. You have a bit of wrinkle but it would be on the bottom. I would think the cake would have to be filled and frozen for you to be able to handle it without it being on a board but it might work.
you can see the soccer ball I did. Since it was going on a tier, all the extra crap and fondant and cut marks I was able to hide.