Start to finish, this cake probably took 5 hours. I had a little bit of a hard time covering the ball with fondant and making the volleyball pattern, but in the end I was happy with the result. Of course, after the cake was complete I remembered that there was a volleyball template that came with my ball cake pan. I was really kicking myself for that one. When I cut out some of the white fondant to place the yellow panels on the ball, I was left with lots of cracks that were not so nice looking. So I took a cue from what Joe was doing on the outside of our house and I "caulked" the fondant seams with icing then smoothed them out. It made a huge difference and I was MUCH happier with the final look. The "sand" was crushed cinnamon graham crackers and the cake was chocolate with vanilla icing, so I was hoping it would taste kind of like a s'more :) I'm not sure it tasted like that in the end, but it was good. I brought the leftovers to work and they were gone in no time. Here are a couple more pictures of the finished product!
|I drew a circle in the "sand" because we always draw one in the middle of the court when we're practicing. You're not supposed to let the ball land in the circle. Oops :)|
I have a few blog posts on backlog that I'm waiting to share with y'all, but I just need to sit down and write them! Be on the lookout for some tasty braided pesto bread and to finally see that silly dresser that I've mentioned a few times. For now Joe and I are trying to enjoy the awesome temperatures that we've finally gotten here. We're not the only ones enjoying it though... We opened a few windows and we can here the neighborhood kids screaming, hitting things, blowing horns and just generally being obnoxious. Oh well, it's just nice to not have 100+ degree weather. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the last bit of summer!