Yesterday we celebrated the 7th birthday of one of the coolest kids I know. When he grows up he wants to be a professional basketball player so naturally he would want a basketball cake for his birthday.
I love using M&Ms to decorate cakes and the last M&M cake we made was the Angry Birds cake we made for my husband’s birthday last year. I have said, many, many times before that I am not a skilled cake decorator. I will never be featured on Cupcake wars or any food wars for that matter, but I feel the only critic I need to impress is the birthday boy himself and being only 7, this cake didn’t disappoint. (Just pretend it turned out as a perfect circle okay? Thanks!)
M&M Basketball Cake
Orange M&Ms bought in bulk
Black M&Ms bought in bulk
Step 1- Bake two cakes using the soccer ball pan. This took awhile since I had to wait for one to cool enough to get out of the pan before putting the other in the oven. One tip I found is that it takes a lot longer than it says on the pan to cook completely. Just watch your cakes until you can insert a toothpick that comes out clean.
Step 2- Let cakes cool completely and then cut off bottom so they are flat.
Step 3- Frost one half of the basketball with orange frosting and add the M&Ms in the pattern of a basketball before the frosting dries so they will stick.
Step 4- Let the decorated side sit for a bit until the frosting is set up and dried.
Step 5- Invert decorated cake onto a cake plate. This was the hardest part!! I had to be really careful not to knock off the M&Ms.
Step 6- Add a thin layer of frosting and add second cake on top. Decorate as you did the first.
And Voila! One cool cake and one happy birthday boy.
Follow the link to see how I made this simple, inexpensive basketball hoop cake plate. Really, it is the coolest thing ever and I’m sure my more crafty friends could have all sorts of fun with it.
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cool! I have the ball pan too and always looking for ideas for it! thanks.
Glad I could give an idea. M & M cakes are so easy and my kids love them!
Family Finds USA says
WOW, what an Easy cake decorating Idea. You could decorate a baseball, soccer ball or Tennis ball cake just as easily . Thanks for the great and easy cake decorating tutorial !
Thank you! M & M cakes are so easy to do.
Barbara Mascareno says
Wow 🙂 what a cool idea for M&Ms. I love them too. I never thought you can make something like this.
I figure with M&M’s you can’t go wrong. I’m not a cake decorator so I’m always looking for fun shortcuts.
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake. First off, I didn’t know they sell M&Ms in single colored bulk. Second, they have black M&Ms? haha. Anyways, I think you executed this M&M basketball cake perfectly! Seems so simply, yet looks so awesome. I love the added touch of the basketball net cake stand. Can’t wait to see your tutorial on that!
Thank you Ashley! I was so excited to find M&M’s in bulk. The first M&M’s cake I did I had to purchase many different bags to get the colors I needed.
Twingle Mommy says
I love this cake since it’s something that my kids would LOVE and I can actually make. I hate when I see cakes and then see directions that I know I will never have the skills to follow.
I am all about easy cakes! I definitely don’t have the skills to do anything too fancy so I’m always looking for fun ways to mix things up.
Kelly Fox-LaPorte says
What a great idea. And M&M’s make everything better, don’t you think?
Christie Moeller says
WOW this looks so delish! I love M&Ms and LOVE cake so this hits it out of the park for me 😉
Megan Chamberlin says
I would never have thought to try and pull off a ball shaped cake – you’re braver than I am! Turned out great, well done!
Thank you Megan!
YUM!!! that looks like something my boys would love to have at there next bday party
Danyelle Lorenzo says
This looks AWESOME! I love it! I can’t wait for my kids to start playing basketball….funny that cake is my inspiration for a sport but hey – why not?
So funny – I just did an M&M cake this week too. I absolutely love your basketball cake. Great work!
Thank you Jodi!
Thanks Cathy! I will try to link up this week.
Miz Helen says
Wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says
This is so cute and fun! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.
That looks amazing! The things you can do with m&ms!