How to Make a Soccer Ball Cake

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If you have a soccer player in your family, you'll probably need a soccer cake for either a birthday or a team celebration. You can make a realistic soccer ball cake without even having to buy a special cake pan.

Following the directions on the cake mix, preheat the oven to the temperature needed for a bundt pan. Grease and flour the metal bowl.

Prepare your cake mix and pour it into the bowl. Put the bowl in the oven and bake for 1 hour. If the cake is not done, leave it in for 10 more minutes and check it again. Keep checking every 10 minutes until the cake is done. Check for doneness by sticking a toothpick in the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done.

Take the cake out of the oven. The cake will be rounded on top. Because you are going to flip the cake over to take it out of the bowl, you'll want to cut off the rounded part to make the cake flat. You can either spray the bottom of a plate with cook spray and press down on the cake to flatten it or wait until the cake has cooled and cut the rounded part off with a sharp knife.

Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the bowl. Place a plate over the top of the bowl and flip the bowl over to remove the cake from the bowl. Place strips of waxed paper around the cake to keep the surface underneath free of frosting.

Use a knife or spatula to spread a thin layer of frosting all around the soccer ball cake to lock in the crumbs. Let this crumb layer harden before you begin decorating the cake.

Take a piece of paper and trace the pentagon and hexagon shapes on a soccer ball. Cut these shapes out and use them as a template to create the same pattern on your cake.

Use a toothpick to mark the outlines of the shapes on your cake in the pattern of a soccer ball. The shapes won't fit together perfectly, but do your best. The most important thing is to make the black pentagons the same size and evenly spaced apart because these are the most noticeable.

Outline the pentagons with brown or black frosting using a medium star icing tip. Make stars along the edges of the pentagons. This is the perfect time to make adjustments if the pentagons on your soccer ball cake are not even. Create more star shapes to fill in the interior of the pentagons.

Fill in the rest of the cake with white frosting using the medium star tip. Make your stars in straight rows and fill in each shape completely before moving on to the next one. Vary the direction of the lines of stars in each shape so the shapes will stand out. You can outline the white hexagons with a thin line of black or brown frosting to make them stand out more.

Remove the waxed paper and use the large star tip to pipe frosting around the edge of the cake.