Coolest Home Run Birthday Cake
by Gussie Schmitz
(Union, MO USA)
I made this cake for my husband's friend on his birthday. These guys are the biggest St.L Cardinal fans that I know! The idea was my husband's. He asked if I could make the cake in the shape of the bird on bat logo. I said, "oh boy!" and went to work! I used a boxed cake mix in a 9 x 13 pan. Turn out the cake once it has cooled just enough that it starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and is just cool enough to touch. Then allow it to cool completely. I used a knife with a very long blade to trim the cake so that it would be level … the scraps are a yummy snack! Then flip the cake onto your covered cake board. Something that I have learned is to make sure that your cake board is waxed or covered with something like foil because the oils in the cake and icing with absorb into the uncoated boards and look unattractive.
I sketched the logo and then cut it out. It is best to use a thin paper for this. I positioned it on the cake and then used a toothpick to outline the logo. For the details, I punched multiple holes through the sketch and into the cake using the toothpick. When I was finished, I trimmed the outline of the cake using a serrated, short blade knife.
I chose to do the star tip frosting technique. First, using black piping gel, I traced along the edge and along the holes that I had punched. Then, using butter cream icing (homemade of course) I piped stars in the appropriate colors using the #21 tip. When I finished the stars, I traced back over my lines and added details with piping gel. The cake was a big hit! I was very pleased with the results!
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