I made this adorable baseball baby shower cake for a dear friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. They are expecting a little boy, and both her and her husband are huge baseball fans. The nursery is even going to be baseball themed, so I knew a matching cake would be perfect. Here’s a little tutorial on how I made it, you an also buy the decorations pre-made on my Etsy Shop!The cake itself was a two tiered buttercream cake, 9 inch round on the bottom and a 6 inch round on top. I tinted the frosting using Wilton cornflower blue color, which I thought was nicer than a bright royal blue. I used a 7/8 inch red satin ribbon border (see my post on how to safely apply satin ribbon). Now on to the decorations…
I really like the look of different sized dots adorning the sides of a cake. However, buttercream dots never come out smooth enough and putting fondant dots all over a buttercream cake doesn’t get the three dimensional look I wanted. So instead I made royal Icing dots. I thinned the royal icing to flooding consistency and used a tip #5 to make dots of various sizes. I let them dry overnight before applying to the cake.
The large dot in the middle of the top tier was made out of fondant. I rolled out white fondant and cut out a 2 inch circle using a circle cutter. I let it sit out and dry for about 30 minutes before writing the words “Welcome Lil’ Slugger” using an edible marker.
Fondant Baseball Caps
To make the baseball caps I used about 45 grams of fondant for the large hats and 20 grams of fondant for the smaller one. I also added a little tylose powder to the fondant to help it set faster. I rolled the fondant into a ball and then pressed it against a flat surface to flatten the bottom. For the brim of the hat I rolled out matching fondant 1/8 inch thick and used a circle cutter (the same diameter as the hat) to cut out the brim shape as shown below:
I attached the brim to the bottom of the hat base with a dab of water then used a small piece of rolled up wax paper to prop the brim of the hat up. I rolled out a small ball of fondant and flattened it to be the button on the cap. I attached the button to the top of the hat with a little water.
To make the logos I used my fondant extruder with white fondant. The Washington Nations “W” was made from one continuous piece, but the NY for the Yankees required me to piece together a few smaller bits.
To create a wood-grain look of a baseball bat I used a combination of light beige and dark brown fondant. You can play with the ratios of each color to get the final color to be how you want it. I started with a large rope of beige and a smaller rope of brown. Braid the two ropes together as shown below:
Now fold this new rope in half and braid it again.Repeat the process of rolling and braiding until you get the level of wood-grain look you want. Once it’s ready measure out 15 grams of the fondant and roll into a tapered log about 3 inches long. Roll a small ball of fondant out and flatten it to attach to the narrow end of the bat.
To make the fondant baseballs I rolled out 15 grams of white fondant (mixed again with a little tylose powder to help it firm up quicker) into a ball. I placed the balls into flower formers to help them keep their shape. Every 10 minutes or so I would re-roll the balls so that they stayed as round as possible. Once they were all dry I used a red edible marker to draw on the baseball stitching.