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OK, so a Basketball Cake isnt a new idea, but this "shot that brought the house down" Sports Cake design is!
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ingredients for the perfect basketball cake
- Cake - Choc Chip Pound Cake is fabulous
- Filling Whipped Chocolate Ganacheis heavenly
- a batch of buttercream
- sky blue, yellow, red, black and orange gel food color
- Cake scraps from leveling the layers
- Chocolate shavings
- Green candy melts
- Ziploc sandwich bags
- A board to hold the finished cake
- 1 box refrigerated bread dough
first steps to a successful basketball cake
- bake the cakes and cool completely.
- level the cakes and split each into two layers horizontally.
- fill and assemble each cake on a separate cake circle and secure with a dollop of frosting to stop it from sliding around.
- add a crumb coat - this is a very thin coat of un-tinted buttercream you apply to 'set' the crumbs.
- refrigerate the cake(s) while you make the Chocolate grass decorations.
- divide the buttercream in to four bowls.
- tint them brown, medium green, brick red and black.
making Chocolate Grass for your basketball cake
- melt the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval, until completely melted.
- using the back of a spoon, smear some strips of melted chocolate about 1/8 inch thick on to a piece of wax paper, as shown (below left).
- let set for about 30 minutes then, using a large knife, cut randomly across the strip of chocolate to make small shards, as shown (below right). Its that simple now you have grass!
making The Basketball
- take the cake scraps you saved and smoosh them (very technical term!) into an ice-cream scoop to make each half of the ball.
- join the halves with frosting and frost the complete ball with the brick red buttercream.
- put the basketball on a piece of wax paper and freeze for about 20 minutes. This allows for easier handling.
making a Hoop And Backboard
- unroll the refrigerated dough and cut a rectangle 6 x 3 with one of the long edges rounded, to form the backboard shape.
- roll out a thin snake of dough about 12 long and form into a hoop thats large enough to just fit around your basketball. Press the ends together to join.
- bake, according to manufacturers directions until firm.
- cool completely.
- using the white frosting and a Ziploc bag with a ¼ hole snipped in one corner, pipe a white outline around the edge of the backboard.
- using the black frosting and a Ziploc bag with a ? hole snipped in one corner pipe Go Cougars, or whatever your team name is, on the backboard.
Basketball Cake assembly
- divide the buttercream in to five bowls, with about 1/2 cup in one and the rest split evenly.
- Tint the 1/2 cup bowl red and the others brown, medium green and leave one white.
- frost the top of each cake with the green frosting.
- frost the sides of each cake with whipped chocolate ganache or brown frosting.
- take a spoon or a small spatula and press the chocolate shavings or cookie crumbs all around the sides in a thick layer.
- stack the smaller cake on the larger cake, securing it with a dollop of frosting.
- place your Baseball Cake on to a plate or board now and secure with double-sided taoe to stop it slipping around.
- using the green frosting and a Ziploc bag with a ½ hole snipped in one corner pipe a ring of frosting where the two cakes join to hold the chocolate grass.
- randomly place the chocolate shards into the frosting ring in varying heights and groups to form the grass, as shown.
- position the ball where you want it on the cake, as shown, and using the black frosting, pipe the lines to finish off your basketball.
- use a small serrated knife to make a cut thats 1 deep and about 4 long behind the basketball. This will hold the backboard.
- carefully position the hoop at an angle over the basketball.
- gently push the backboard in to the cut you made, as shown. Be careful since the cut is close to the edge of the cake. You dont want the cake to split.
You're done! Now go get a well deserved cup of coffee and sit back for a few minutes to admire your handiwork. Remember to take a picture while your masterpiece still looks perfect.
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