I made this chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream for my nephew's first birthday. My sister-in-law wanted a sports ball theme but wanted to keep the cake small for him to smash. I also made coordinating baseball and basketball cupcakes, which are not pictured because my husband, the family photographer, forgot to snap a few shots of them. I really enjoyed making the figure--it was my first real figure (I've done done two very small ones before, but they were sort of just thrown together at the last minute and not really thought out, whereas this one I put more thought into.), and I loved every minute of it. Thanks to the many beautiful sports-themed cakes that served as inspiration!