Making cake in the shape of a ball is a great idea for any sports fan, no matter what age. Cakes can be made in the shape of a ball to look like a soccer, baseball or any round ball related to the favourite sport of the recipient of the cake. Shaped cake pans can be purchased at your local cookware store and are used to bake the cake in the shape of the moulded pan. Ball shaped cake pans bake the cake in two half sphere shapes. The cake is cooled and then stacked on each other to create the shape of a ball.
Turn the dial on your oven to the "Bake" position. Turn the temperature dial on your oven and preheat to 176 degrees C.
Spread and smear vegetable shortening on the cake pan to prevent the cake from adhering to the sides of the pan. Use waxed paper or a basting brush to spread the shortening around the pan, reaching all the crevices. Lightly dust the inside of the pan using flour. Pick up the pan and flip it upside down. Tap the bottom of the pan to remove any loose flour. Repeat this step on the other ball shaped pan.
Prepare the cake mix using the specific ingredients and directions listed on the cake mix box. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour the mixture into the pan. Use a spatula to spread the cake mix evenly around the pan. Repeat this step and fill the other ball shaped cake pan with cake batter.
Insert the cake pans into the preheated oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake to see if the inside of the cake has been fully cooked. Insert and remove the toothpick quickly into the cake. If cake batter appears on the toothpick, it needs to bake longer. If the toothpick comes up dry, it has finished baking.
Remove the cake pans from the oven using hot pads or oven gloves. Place the cake on a cooling rack to cool down before adding icing or frosting. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes to reach room temperature to avoid damaging the cake during the decorating process. If the cake is still warm, the cake will break apart and damage its shape.
Use a knife or thin spatula to free the cake from the edges of the pan. Place the knife or thin spatula between the cake and the edge of the pan and slide it around the edges. Lay the cooling rack on top of the cake and flip the pan upside down. Let the cake gently fall from the pan. Tap the bottom of the pan lightly to assist the cake from exiting the pan. Repeat this step on the other cake pan. Cool the cakes in the refrigerator for an hour to completely cool down the centre of the cake.
Shave the flat end of the half sphere using a knife so the cakes will lay flat on each other. Stack the half sphere shaped cake on top of the other one to create a 3 dimensional ball shape. The cake must be cooled completely for the cake to not collapse on itself.
Decorate the cake to resemble the desired design of the ball used in a favourite sport. Gently apply icing using a spatula. Use a disposable decorating bag and desired tips to create and apply the details specific to the sport's ball.
Insert a wooden dowel in the centre of the cake for stabilisation.