Neat way to make a ball shaped cake. Perfect for birthday parties. Kids love it. Use your favorite flavor of cake mix.

Tracy

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 round cake
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 2 1/2 to 3-quart ovenproof bowl. Place sugar in a bowl and stir in black food color until desired color is achieved. Set aside.

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  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Pour batter into the prepared bowl and bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cake cool for 15 minutes in the bowl then invert and let cake cool completely.

  • Once cake is completely cool, trim flat side of cake and place on a cake board. Trim edges into a ball shape. Frost with the white frosting. Next, using a toothpick, draw a pentagon in the center top of the cake. Surround the pentagon with five hexagons. Repeating to cover entire cake. Cover lines with black licorice cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Fill the pentagon shapes with black-colored white sugar.

Nutrition Facts

638 calories; protein 3.2g 6% DV; carbohydrates 119.6g 39% DV; fat 16.6g 26% DV; cholesterol 1.3mg; sodium 550.1mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2008
I used the bowl and cake directions to make this cake. Instead of the licorice I searched the net for something different. I used the white frosting II/wedding cake icing recipes from this site to put a thin layer of icing on first. Used a paper pattern to cut out the hexagon and pentagon shape. Traced onto the cake with a toothpick. Used a regular tip to draw the outline on the ball blue (colored small amount of icing). Used a star tip to fill in all the white parts of the cake with the remaining icing. Lastly I placed coconut in a ziploc bag and put in some green food coloring to coat. (the grass around the ball). My 15 year old son who LOVES soccer LOVED this cake for his birthday Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2008
I used the bowl and cake directions to make this cake. Instead of the licorice I searched the net for something different. I used the white frosting II/wedding cake icing recipes from this site to put a thin layer of icing on first. Used a paper pattern to cut out the hexagon and pentagon shape. Traced onto the cake with a toothpick. Used a regular tip to draw the outline on the ball blue (colored small amount of icing). Used a star tip to fill in all the white parts of the cake with the remaining icing. Lastly I placed coconut in a ziploc bag and put in some green food coloring to coat. (the grass around the ball). My 15 year old son who LOVES soccer LOVED this cake for his birthday Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2006
I love this idea. I made a baseball cake instead but equally fabulous. Once the cake came out for the team party all the cameras started snapping. The possibilities are endless with a half round; you can make any type ball or even shove a doll in the center and make it a dress. Imagination is a good thing. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2008
What a great idea - I'm no great cake decorator but this worked well even for me! Cooked the ball in a metal pudding basin and a field in a large rectangular pan. Pressing shapes of pentagons/hexagons into white icing with a toothpick made it easy to pipe the black lines and they did not run. Looked fantastic & very popular with all at my son's 8th birthday party. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2010
I used the Wilton Ball Pan to bake my cake. It took about 50 mins to bake. I put a buttercream crumb crust on first. I totally overlooked the toothpick trick and used clear gel and the template to put my markings on the cake. I'm sure the toothpicks would've worked better. I only decorated half the cake because the icing was warming up and I was getting worn out! Please ignore the "grass" as I'm missing the correct tip. I've just purchased fondant that I'm going to try out. I think the pattern will turn out better that way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2011
I have the soccer ball cake pan and it worked perfectly for my husbands scary eyeball birthday cake that my kids wanted me to make. Fun! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2009
I made this for my son Michael's 4th birthday and he LOVED it! Everyone was complimenting it all day. Thanks so much for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2005
I tried it out just recently for my son!!! thanks sooo much!! Where did you come up with this idea? Have you ever made it for someone (when?) -what was the response? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2008
I made this for a friend's birthday party in a local restaurant and all the staff were amazed. Really easy to make. I used cherry laces but it still looked good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2006
What an exellent and innovative idea for a cake! I think I will try it. Read More
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