I'm planning to make a soccer cake next month for my brother's end of tournament celebration and I had a few inquiries that I was hoping someone with more experience would help me out with:
a) I'm planning to use the Wilton soccer cake with the patterns, any advice? What type of cake should I use and I don't quite understand the instruction of two-layer cake mix. Does that mean it would require around 10 cups of batter?
b) For the pattern on the pan, is it more helpful to use white/yellow cake or a darker chocolate cake to make sure that the patterns are visible after baking? Or does it even matter at all?
c) I have been reading that it's giving people trouble while baking in the sense that it doesn't bake well in the centre? I'm planning to rent the pan so I need to get it right from the first time, any advice on getting it perfectly baked?
d) My idea was to put the half ball on an 8-inch round cake and decorate ball with star tip buttercream (because I absolutely love that look) and then the base cake with grass. I have seen a lot of gorgeous pictures posted here with realistic looking grass but it does not mention what tip was used for the grass. Wilton has the method using tip #18 but I really don't like that look. Any help? I have tried asking on the photos but it seems they were posted a while ago and I'm not really getting feedback.
Sorry for all the questions but I'm sort of new to decorating and I really want this done nicely for my brother and his friends. Any help is appreciated.