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Hello here,

 

 

I'm planning on making a surprise basketball cake for my brother's birthday. Will be my first time making a cake like this and don't want to screw it. My question is, how do I get basketball color on both Italian meringue and MMF. Here is a pic of what I want the cake to look like.

 

Other kind of ideas and/or suggestions welcome too.

 

Thank you so much :)

post #2 of 17
Are you planning to cover it n fondant or buttercream ?
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Are you planning to cover it n fondant or buttercream ?

havent decided yet, that's why i would like some ideas on both. Thank you Cole10 :)

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I've never fooled with just buttercream . In my opinion, I think fondant is a cleaner look and you have more options for decorating. So I'd vote the fondant ball. I,would def suggest a ball pan. I believe Wilton has a basketball pan. Covering a sphere in fondant can be a little tricky, but you can do it. I put the ball on a cup or something that is small so when you drape the fondant over, you can smooth down as far as you can. As for coloring, I airbrush. Best investment I've made. If you don't have an airbrush, you'd have to knead in gel paste color into your fondant before you cover the ball. More time consuming and I always feared the color wouldn't be exactly as I wanted. Hope this helps!
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if memory serves--there's a color called terracotta that would be a perfect match--

 

if i mixed that--it'd be orange and brown color and probably a tad of red and yellow icing --

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I've never fooled with just buttercream . In my opinion, I think fondant is a cleaner look and you have more options for decorating. So I'd vote the fondant ball. I,would def suggest a ball pan. I believe Wilton has a basketball pan. Covering a sphere in fondant can be a little tricky, but you can do it. I put the ball on a cup or something that is small so when you drape the fondant over, you can smooth down as far as you can. As for coloring, I airbrush. Best investment I've made. If you don't have an airbrush, you'd have to knead in gel paste color into your fondant before you cover the ball. More time consuming and I always feared the color wouldn't be exactly as I wanted. Hope this helps!

Thanks cole10. I'm 100% agree with you; fondant is the cleanest way to do it. but my family don't like fondant very much that's why i'm so undecided They rather have Italian meringue on their cakes. I also think that the second picture's design, which seems to be some kind of BC, consumes a lot of time too. :(

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if memory serves--there's a color called terracotta that would be a perfect match--

 

if i mixed that--it'd be orange and brown color and probably a tad of red and yellow icing --

Thanks a lot K8memphis :)

post #8 of 17
There is a video on you tube for constructing & covering in fondant. I think its good. "The making of a carved Basketball cake timelapse" posted by Ashling Graham
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Thanks cole10. I'm 100% agree with you; fondant is the cleanest way to do it. but my family don't like fondant very much that's why i'm so undecided They rather have Italian meringue on their cakes. I also think that the second picture's design, which seems to be some kind of BC, consumes a lot of time too. icon_sad.gif

I understand that. I used to make my own fondant, but too messy and always had inconsistencies. Try Fondx brand. It has me sold and everyone that tries it. It's a marshmallow base...yummy! Worth a try...
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There is a video on you tube for constructing & covering in fondant. I think its good. "The making of a carved Basketball cake timelapse" posted by Ashling Graham

yeah, I saw that one. Its actually the only good video on this topic lol

post #11 of 17

I used a crusting buttercream, to texture I used a new plastic kitchen scrubbie (tennis ball), the bumpie side of a paper towel (basket ball) a plastic weave no-slide drawer liner (football).*


The football & tennis ball both looked quite authentic, either could be used for a basketball.  

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I used a crusting buttercream, to texture I used a new plastic kitchen scrubbie (tennis ball), the bumpie side of a paper towel (basket ball) a plastic weave no-slide drawer liner (football).*



The football & tennis ball both looked quite authentic, either could be used for a basketball.  

Do you know how to get the texture on fondant?
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I have not done a large surface, but I have done 1 inch strips by pressing in a plastic weave no-slip mat prior to placing the fondant on the cake. Not sure if it would stretch to much thou, you could try and do it after placing the fondant if it does stretch to much, as I didn't find the impression had to be perfectly placed, it still looked fine if I double/duplicate impressed the mat . Good -Luck just experiment with a small piece of fondant first.

By the way I baked the basketball in a Pyrex bowl. 


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Thanks cole10. I'm 100% agree with you; fondant is the cleanest way to do it. but my family don't like fondant very much that's why i'm so undecided They rather have Italian meringue on their cakes. I also think that the second picture's design, which seems to be some kind of BC, consumes a lot of time too. :(

Make them an IMBC cake...... what they like to eat.  It is a quick cake to make & decorate.

make yourself a fondant one for your portfolio. 

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I have not done a large surface, but I have done 1 inch strips by pressing in a plastic weave no-slip mat prior to placing the fondant on the cake. Not sure if it would stretch to much thou, you could try and do it after placing the fondant if it does stretch to much, as I didn't find the impression had to be perfectly placed, it still looked fine if I double/duplicate impressed the mat . Good -Luck just experiment with a small piece of fondant first.

By the way I baked the basketball in a Pyrex bowl. 

Thanks a lot books :)

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