Today is my cousin, Emma's, birthday! She asked for a volleyball cake with the Saint Mary's Saints logo. I've never done a volleyball cake before but it was worth a shot! I have a ball cake pan so it wasn't very difficult. It comes in two parts so you bake it in two halves and frost it together to look like a ball. It offers a lot of options for sports enthusiasts as you can make anything from a golf ball to a bowling ball. It also comes with templates which are very helpful!
One tip that I have, is crumb coat! Below is a sad version of a crumb coat. It should be thinner for most cakes but I wanted to trace the pattern of the volleyball into it. As you can see, the tracing was a little rough too.
The next step is to trace your pattern with the frosting. If you do it this way, you can cover up any imperfections when you add the next layer of frosting. Who doesn't love being able to cover up imperfections?
My favorite part about decorating these cakes is frosting it using the star tip. I use a 21 tip now. When I first started, I used a 16 and got a hand cramp and clogged tip halfway through. The 21 tip is a lot easier to handle, goes a lot faster and covers a lot more area.
This is the finished product! You can't even see the imperfections! If I were to do this again, I would make the lines stand out a bit more and not have the ball be so fluffy. I may have gotten carried away with the stars...oops!
Now onto the next cake, a wedding for Saturday! I'm off to make 10 batches of frosting! Tune in Saturday for an update on the wedding cake!
I am Lindsay, the owner of Lb Cakes, LLC. I will be updating my blog regarding my adventures of being a young entrepreneur in the bakery business.