I did this cake for a neighbor girl's birthday. It was so much work! I had a really hard time covering the sports ball in fondant to make the teapot, but I figured it out and was very happy with the result. Everyone at the party loved it, thank goodness! I drew inspiration from a teapot cake I saw here at CC, and then gave it my own twists.
This website is terrific! Thanks CCers!
beautiful job! I love the "table" you set the teapot on!
Oh ,how cute I love your colors!!!!
Beautiful! I love it! Love that textured table cloth effect. I've been wanting to do one of these for a friend of mine who does lots of tea parties. Any chance you could share how you did it? any tricks you learned? Thanks!
It really looks great.
That looks just wonderful!!! How on earth did you get that fondant smooth around the sports ball!?? That is what is preventing me from having a try....your's looks really great!!
Love the table setting/cloth!!!
I bet the neighbor's girl really was thrilled with it!!!!
Beautiful job and wonderful presentation.
Great job! That's awesome! I bet it was a big hit!
You did a great job on the cake. I wish I could get my handle and spout and lid to look like yours. It's beautiful.
omg, you did a fantastic job!
awesome job...Its so smooth
What a great cake, it's beautiful.
Any chance you could share how you did it? any tricks you learned
We're anxiously waiting a reply!
Wow! What a great cake! Your details are amazing! This is just so adorable!
You should be proud!
how cuuute!!!!! you did an awesome job!!!!!
Gorgeous---love, love the teapot of course and the "table" is just the perfect touch
You really did a great job. It looks so pretty.
You did a great job!!! I LOVE IT...
That's incredible. What a great job. They must have LOVED it.
wow great cake! congrats!
Wow, such nice responses. It's no wonder I love this website!
Okay, now for the tricks/tips -- nothing too groundbreaking, I'm afraid.
For the "table," I used a 12 inch round, three layer cake of WASC, iced with white crusting buttercream with a pink buttercream border at the bottom. I put in 5 dowels and then covered the top with a round piece of parchment paper because I wanted to be able to just lift the "tablecloth" off and serve the cake underneath at the party. For the tablecloth, I just rolled out a circle of fondant, used the wilton purple rolling pin with the swirl impressions, rolled it over the top, and draped it over the 12 inch round.
I used the same yellow fondant to cover an 8 inch round cake board, upon which the teapot sat.
For the teapot, I used the sportsball pan and had a lot of trouble covering it with pink fondant. My first two tries, the fondant cracked and broke as I draped it over the top, and I had giant folds at the bottom. I was getting really frustrated, so I decided to separate the halves of the sports ball and try to cover each with fondant. That looked even worse. So I gave up for the night.
The next day, I had the idea to wrap the fondant around the front of the ball toward the back, using a large rectangular strip, instead of trying to drape it over the top. I figured I could cover the folds at the top of the wrapped ball with the "lid" of the teapot, and I could hide the folds at the bottom with the rope border. This worked well for this particular design. I had a "seam" up the back of the teapot that I covered with icing and little fondant dots. It actually turned out very cute. (I wish I had thought to take a picture of the back.)
I draped a couple of circles of pink fondant over the top of the ball, where all the folds had accumulated, to make a lid, and then wrapped a green rope of fondant around that to make it look like a real lid.
So now I had the ball with lid on the 8 inch cake board, set atop my 12 inch round table. I iced a yellow buttercream border around the 8 inch cake board to hide the gap between the board and the tablecloth below. I put my fondant flowers on the ball and on the lid with royal icing. I added the rope border to the bottom of the ball. I cut out leaves in green, made spiral "roses" out of ropes of fondant, and iced them in place atop the rope border.
The spout was fondant that I had molded a few days earlier, stuck onto a skewer and left out to dry. The handle was gumpaste that I also molded a few days earlier and left out to dry. I stuck the spout on one side, and I used royal icing to attach the handle to the other side, and then I drove a long dowel straight down through the top of the ball into the cake below to make sure it all stayed in place. I then used a little green ball of fondant to cover the top of the dowel and finish off the lid.
I wrote happy birthday in pink buttercream, and called it a day!
At the party, I popped the green ball off the top of the lid, pulled out the dowel, lifted off the 8 inch cake board with the teapot on it using a spatula and put it aside, peeled back the tablecloth and parchment paper off the 12 inch cake, pulled out the support dowels, and I had a beautifully pristine cake to worl with. We cut it up and enjoyed it!
The birthday girl and her family kept the teapot for themselves, to enjoy after the party.
I hope that helps. Anyone with different suggestions is invited to chime in!!!
Thank you for such a detailed reply! Now that's what I'm talking about! Beautiful cake--great job!
What a stunning cake, the teapot,the table, the colours.....wow
Prewtty as a picture! You did an excellent job on this cake.