Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sphere Cakes: For All Occasions

I guess I could have thought of a better blog title, but it is exactly what I'm writing about this morning.

When looking for simple, elegant, yet "different" cake - many clients love to top their cake with a very round cake. Or you can call it a sphere or an ornament cake topper.

I once created an elegant wedding cake with a baseball on top which I talked about in this blog post.  Here is a wedding cake I did last year.  It was a 5 tier cake with a round cake topper.  I remember it was alternating tiers of Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Chocolate Velvet Cake filled with Dark Chocolate Ganache.   And the cake topper was Lemon Pound Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

And for their 1st year anniversary the other week, I created this perfectly round ornament.  This was a lemon cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. So fun to make - the design possibilities are endless!

This cake was a re-creation of a company's logo in a 3D sphere cake.  It was lemon cake with swiss meringue buttercream.

Cake Decorator's Tip: These cake was made using the Wilton Sports Ball cake pan. I also have the Wilton mini-ball pan set and other sphere cake pans.   I also use a tougher cake like pound cake or a nice butter cake. You will have to test your batter to the pan to make sure it rises to meet the top. If it doesn't rise right to the top, then it will not make a nice sphere when you put the halves together.


Cake Artisan said...

Very cool! Do you use a special tin or carve the cake? Thank you for sharing your lovely cakes.

Jack T said...


of experience white itself like with difficulty it a ball is to be made. Disguise let alone with Fondant. Large art !
Radix complement !
Greetings jacktel

SweetThingsTO said...

Cake Artisan - Thank you. It is with the Wilton Sports Ball pan. There is a also a mini-ball pan set also. I will add to the post.

Jacktels - Danke schön

Jenny said...

This is really elegant and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

veggievixen said...

that's the prettiest baseball i've ever seen.

Sue L. said...

Gorgeous. Great tip - thanks! Sue

Brandy L said...

Thanks for the tip using the Wilton pan. I made a round cake and it didn't come all the way to the top so of course it didn't look like a round cake.

I'll have to take another stab at it.

Janel said...

What type of icing/fondant/chocolate do you use to get it so perfectly smooth on the outside?!?! These are amazing! LOVE THEM!

SweetThingsTO said...

Hi Janel - For these cakes, I used Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream and then covered the cakes with fondant. Not a national brand fondant - it is one that I get from my local bakers warehouse, McCalls, here in Toronto, Canada.

Janel said...

they are so amazingly smooth!!! We have been having a discussion about them on cakecentral.com - thank you SO much for answering my question!!!

you do amazing work!