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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi There,

I was wondering, for those of you who have done a soccer ball cake before, is it difficult? I have been asked to do a cake similar to this for a customer:

http://www.thecakestore.co.uk/acatalog/Football___Scarf.html

I am not hugely experienced, and just wondered if I should give it a try, seeing as though I am a relatively newbie?

Thanks
Pauline
post #2 of 22
It is not a difficult cake. Do you have a half ball pan? It is not strictly necessary, you can make this cake without it.

The design your customer choose is even easier than "a soccer ball only" cake, because the scarf can hide a lot of imperfections.

Here is a step-by-step "tutorial" in pictures http://seva.rajce.idnes.cz/Mic-postup/

The pentagons and hexagons have the same length of the side - it is pretty much 1/5 of the diameter of the ball - this means 20 cm diameter - 4 cm side or 6 inch diameter (sport ball pan) - 1 1/5 inch side.

If you don't own a ball pan - either use stainless steel bowl or pyrex bowl, or even colander as substitute, or bake sheet cake and cut circles, stack and shape.

I would say - definitively take the order and bake the cake!
Good luck!
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by majka_ze

It is not a difficult cake.
I would say - definitively take the order and bake the cake!
Good luck!



I agree, I have made this cake a couple of times but I have the wilson ball tin. I have attached a picture. The only thing I would say to make your life easier is that make sure you start with your black hexagon in the centre at the top and work your way around and down from there. There is no other way of getting the pattern to meet up and if you can't get it to meet at the bottom, it won't matter because you can put your scarfe around it.

Good luck,
LL
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post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the tips! I think I am going to give it a try icon_eek.gif . It's only due for 12th September, so I still have time to figure it out.

Thanks
Pauline
post #5 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by majka_ze

It is not a difficult cake. Do you have a half ball pan? It is not strictly necessary, you can make this cake without it.

The design your customer choose is even easier than "a soccer ball only" cake, because the scarf can hide a lot of imperfections.

Here is a step-by-step "tutorial" in pictures http://seva.rajce.idnes.cz/Mic-postup/

The pentagons and hexagons have the same length of the side - it is pretty much 1/5 of the diameter of the ball - this means 20 cm diameter - 4 cm side or 6 inch diameter (sport ball pan) - 1 1/5 inch side.

If you don't own a ball pan - either use stainless steel bowl or pyrex bowl, or even colander as substitute, or bake sheet cake and cut circles, stack and shape.

I would say - definitively take the order and bake the cake!
Good luck!



Where can I purchase those hexagon cutters?
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Normita



Where can I purchase those hexagon cutters?



You don't need cutter - make simple cardboard template and cut around it. You don't need too many hexagons for the cake and it is simpler to make the template than to buy an exact cutter.

You could make a homemade cutter - either from metal or even from plastic strip, but it could be more work than to cut around a template. Unless you plan to make countless soccer balls, of course icon_smile.gif
post #7 of 22
I agree that your design will be much easier since the bottom is covered where all the problems begin. Thanks majka-ze for the formula for the hexagon/pentagon sizes. I eyeballed it and it was close but then had problems at the bottom.

I used the half ball pan but had to trim the sides to make it a exactly round. I have a picture of my cake in my photos.
post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by majka_ze

Quote:
Originally Posted by Normita



Where can I purchase those hexagon cutters?



You don't need cutter - make simple cardboard template and cut around it. You don't need too many hexagons for the cake and it is simpler to make the template than to buy an exact cutter.



I made my own also, I used an old lid from a butter or margarine container - once you have finished you can wash it and use it again and again, I have used mine a few times.
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post #9 of 22
Kim, what a great idea to make the pattern reusable!
Deirdre
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post #10 of 22
I did a soccer ball cake and it wasn't too bad. I definitely recommend using fondant istead of BC which is what I used. SOOOO MANY STARS! I had the claw hand when I was done and wasn't able to make my hand flat until the next morning...lol
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
That's a great tip about the margarine lid! I have also had a look at the tutorial, and it's brilliant. I think I will try and get the Wilton soccer ball pan this week.

Thanks once again for all the info and advice.

Pauline
post #12 of 22
http://www.cakecraftshop.co.uk/cgi-bin/trolleyed_public.cgi?action=showprod_FRA176D181&url=http://www.cakecraftshop.co.uk/shop/6/311/99/index.htm

I found these awhile ago, but they don't ship to US, seems much easier than cutting around a template. I agree with the black hexagon on top, I figured that out when I was half done with mine.
post #13 of 22
How many people does the wilton ball pan feed? I have a cake order for only 10 servings and I am not sure what size pan to do the customer wants either a soccer field or a baseball field, but since she only needs it to feed 10 people this would be kind of difficult. Any thoughts?
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Mom_Of_4

How many people does the wilton ball pan feed?



Wilton sports ball pan - here http://www.wilton.com/idea/Soccer-Ball-Cake - is said to feed 12.

There is even a pattern for the pentagons and hexagons.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Oh no! Only 12 people? My customer needs it for 20 people. I guess I should have made sure. Does anyone have any ideas about what I can do to make up the portions?

Pauline
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