This Baseball Groom's Cake is perfect for any baseball loving man (or boy). Using cocoa powder to make it dirty and give it a roughed-up look, along with the piped-on red threading, this cake has that authentic, weathered baseball look and it's a hit with all the guys!
Last night when I was working on the Music Notes Cupcakes post, I realized it has been awhile since I posted a "boy" cake. Like... a long while.
As far as I can tell, the last boy cake I wrote about was this 1965 Chevy Truck Cake back in November. Jeez... as much as I love the girly cakes, I really have to give the boy cakes some more love.
So I'm starting with this Baseball Groom's Cake. Ya'll - I know I say this a lot, but I absolutely adored working with this family. The bride (Allie) and her mother (Kimberley) were two of the kindest (and most beautiful!) human beings I've ever encountered. I could've sat and talked on the phone with Kimberley all day long when planning for their event.
I have been blessed over and over again with some amazing clients and I'm so grateful.
So, next week I'll share the wedding cake, but today, it's all about this groom's cake. The groom is a Minor Leage Baseball player and his table was baseball-everything. I didn't get a picture of everything set up for him, but it was so cool!
Baseball Groom's Cake
The cake itself was really cute - but at first glance, not incredibly unique. It was covered in homemade marshmallow fondant, then "dirtied" up using cocoa powder. I piped on the stitching with red buttercream and it was almost finished.
Can you see what I added there to make it unique? The groom's signature! When Allie asked me about adding his signature, I knew it was going to make the cake so special. Because signed baseballs are a thing and Jake is a minor league baseball player ... so cute, right?
She sent me a copy of his signature and I enlarged it and "stuck" the paper to the side of the cake with a couple of dots of shortening. Then I used a dresden tool to trace over his signature to leave an impression. When I was confident that I'd made good impressions, I took the paper off, then used a food marker to "write" the name.
The cake turned out so great and the family was sooo happy!
OOoh, and there was one more detail that I really loved! Cracker Jack boxes around the cake base really took this cake set-up to the next level! And I didn't even notice until I got home that the Cracker Jack boxes were customized for the couple. I feel like I should mention that I'm not always so oblivious, but the wedding cake was the equivalent of SEVEN tiers so I was a bit nervous that day... haha!
See? They say Jake & Allie! How cute is that?!
Okay - enough gushing! Now I'll share all the details of the cake.
- This cake was baked in Magic Line pans and was sizes 6", 10" and 14" round.
- The flavor was chocolate fudge cake with mini chocolate chips. Whipped ganache was used as the filling & frosting, then it was covered and decorated with homemade marshmallow fondant. It was nothing short of decadent and rich and amazing and delicious. Can you tell how much I love this combination?
- To get the weathered look on the "baseball", I dusted the cake with cocoa powder using a large brush (I love this one - it's food safe!).
- Foodoodler Markers are so awesome - and I used the black one to write the signature on the cake.
- I didn't get any great pics, but the cake drum was covered with fondant made to look like wood. The fondant was colored brown, then I used a wood grain mat and a dresden tool to add texture. Black petal dust added some depth to the color and I painted the whole thing with confectioner's glaze to give it a shine.
- Black ribbon was added to the sides with hot glue gun to finish the board.
- To make the lines, I first used a dresden tool to make a line, then I piped red vanilla buttercream stitching with a small round piping tip.
- The wedding cake toppers were provided by the family, but you can find the bride here and the groom here. SO cute!!
Okay - that's all I've got for you. If I've missed any details, please leave me a comment and I'll be happy to answer if I can! Next week I'll share the phenomenal wedding cake and for now, I'm off to bake 🙂