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Hi  guys!  what's the best way to carve a bowling ball cake and covering it with fondant?  I don't want to spend money on buying a ball baking pan  (this cake is for a friend).  Any tips?  I know cakes ball are hard to shape and cover. Thank you for any tip. 

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You can also use a metal bowl if you can find one that is round on the bottom but it will need to be set inside a ring of some sort to balance it during baking the same way the ball pan is. Do you have any baking stores nearby that rent out their pans? I've seen sheet cakes stacked and carved to ball shape on Ace of Cakes. Geoff used a template to hold up next the the cake while he was carving it. Some round cakes are done using a styrofoam ball as the bottom part of the "cake" for stability. Hope this helps some. Can't help you on the covering, sorry. I would be tempted to use melted chocolate or candy melts to coat a 2-part clear plastic ball (or just find one the right size and use it twice) & fill them with "cake ball" or truffle type filling. When filled, join the two filled chocolate halves by warming the edges with a hot knife. Happy baking!
Thank you Fairly Odd Mother. Unfortunately I don't know any baking store that rent baking pans. I though of using a bowl to bake the cake. I'll try to see the Ace of Cakes show on which he carves a ball cakes or his staff. Thank you very much.
you can also buy foam balls in craft stores..or make it from RKT...keep carving till she round.. i never use the ball pan..n i own it..lol most ppl use pound cake..i use sift cake im bad..ll but i thin out my butter cream n have a cup of hot water near by incase sge dont wana spread..let it set for an hr n go again..lol i do let my cakes set over night brfore i carve, but have done them the same day if im in a hurry...
cover the same way you would a reg cake straight down with your hands..you tube has alot a videos to eh


lori dean said:
you can also buy foam balls in craft stores..or make it from RKT...keep carving till she round.. i never use the ball pan..n i own it..lol most ppl use pound cake..i use sift cake im bad..ll but i thin out my butter cream n have a cup of hot water near by incase sge dont wana spread..let it set for an hr n go again..lol i do let my cakes set over night brfore i carve, but have done them the same day if im in a hurry...


rosa velazquez said:


lori dean said:
you can also buy foam balls in craft stores..or make it from RKT...keep carving till she round.. i never use the ball pan..n i own it..lol most ppl use pound cake..i use sift cake im bad..ll but i thin out my butter cream n have a cup of hot water near by incase sge dont wana spread..let it set for an hr n go again..lol i do let my cakes set over night brfore i carve, but have done them the same day if im in a hurry...
thank you for your advise


rosa velazquez said:


lori dean said:
you can also buy foam balls in craft stores..or make it from RKT...keep carving till she round.. i never use the ball pan..n i own it..lol most ppl use pound cake..i use sift cake im bad..ll but i thin out my butter cream n have a cup of hot water near by incase sge dont wana spread..let it set for an hr n go again..lol i do let my cakes set over night brfore i carve, but have done them the same day if im in a hurry...
thank you for your advise.
I have used my ball pan and it really is not too hard to cover in fondant... just be patient and work your fondant like you do on a regualr cake. Just be patient and work it with your hands. I don't like carving so can't help you there!
You can set a bowl into a 3inch deep cake pan


Fairly Odd Mother said:
You can also use a metal bowl if you can find one that is round on the bottom but it will need to be set inside a ring of some sort to balance it during baking the same way the ball pan is. Do you have any baking stores nearby that rent out their pans? I've seen sheet cakes stacked and carved to ball shape on Ace of Cakes. Geoff used a template to hold up next the the cake while he was carving it. Some round cakes are done using a styrofoam ball as the bottom part of the "cake" for stability. Hope this helps some. Can't help you on the covering, sorry. I would be tempted to use melted chocolate or candy melts to coat a 2-part clear plastic ball (or just find one the right size and use it twice) & fill them with "cake ball" or truffle type filling. When filled, join the two filled chocolate halves by warming the edges with a hot knife. Happy baking!
If you dont want to use the ball cake pans you can use two of the same size glass mixing bowls. I made a golf ball before with the bal cake pan and it worked out pretty good. Hope i could hep.

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