Basketball birthday cake for a girl turning 12. Stacked 11X15 chocolate cakes with dark chocolate buttercream and a half ball on top, covered and decorated with fondant. Birthday lettering and cutouts along the sides are fondant; used a texture mat on the basketballs and painted them with black food coloring stripes, jerseys and pennants are decorated with royal icing. To give the basketball on the top a more realistic look, I indented it with a piping tip. It took awhile! :) Many thanks to SueB whose basketball cake inspired this one!