The world of cooking is packed with creativity. Today, we will be making more than just any old cake. We’re going to be making a basketball cake! This treat is perfect for those who enjoy sports and themed parties. This guide will help you every step of the way so that you can enjoy making this delicacy.
1. Essential Ingredients and Tools
To begin, let’s gather our ingredients and tools. The foundation of our basketball cake will require all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and unsalted butter. We’ll also need large eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract to give our cake a rich flavor and moist texture.
For the cheese buttercream frosting, have your cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, milk, clear vanilla extract, and food coloring ready. As for the tools, make sure you have round cake pans, a cake leveler or serrated knife, a cake turntable, an offset spatula, a cake scraper or pastry cutter, and a piping bag with a tip.
2. Preparing the Cake
First off, preheat your oven to temperature, then grease your pans. Get out your whisking bowl and mix the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined, then set aside. Add unsalted butter into the dry mixture, then slowly pour in your buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract, mixing everything as we go along.
Once everything is adequately mixed, pour your batter evenly throughout each pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (around 25 minutes, depending on your oven). Allow cakes to cool off completely before moving on to the next step.
3. Making the Frosting
While the cake is cooling down, prepare the buttercream by blending softened cream cheese into butter, then gradually mix in the remaining ingredients until the desired consistency is reached—color with food color saving portion to tint black for details.
4. Assembling the Cake Layers
Let the cake cool completely. Till then, smear some frosting onto the cake board, which acts as glue. Place the first layer on top, then spread the icing evenly over each stack. After assembling, chill briefly to set, then apply the final coat before moving on. Keep a lot of patience and perform this step carefully.
5. Creating the Basketball Texture
It’s time to create our iconic texture after applying the crumb coat and letting it set. For lines on the basketball, use the black frosting you prepared earlier. Pipe the “plus” sign over the top of the cake, extending down the sides, and add two curved lines on top as well. These details transform your cake from a simple orange sphere into a recognizable basketball.
6. Final Touches
Add any personal touches or messages you want before placing your masterpiece on a cake board and admiring your work. You may like to customize your cake with the name of your favorite basketball player or team. You can also write the name of the person it is made for. Enjoy the delicious cake with your friends and family or yourself.
Practice makes perfect. If it doesn’t turn out how you wanted it to the first time, don’t worry about it. I would say to learn something with every cake you make. Each one is just another chance to get better at baking, too. But, I’d stress giving yourself enough time for everything to set correctly and be cool enough.
Once that happens, couple that with creativity and patience, and boom, you’ll have a cake that tastes good and looks even better.