Here in Toronto we were super excited that our Blue Jays made it into the playoffs! The last time this happened it was 1993 - and they won the World Series that year for the second time in a row. Since I am a proud Torontonian, I needed to make a cake to celebrate my Blue Jays! Even though they didn't make it all the way through, they made this Toronto girl proud. This event calls for red and blue vanilla cake layers, filled with all the best baseball snacks. Beer nuts, caramel corn, pretzels, jelly beans and smarties. All held together with delicious Italian Meringue Buttercream, of course.
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Let's Make a World Series Baseball Cake!
Making Your Cake Layers
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
1 x 8lb recipe of Yo Yo’s Ultimate Vanilla Cake - find my recipe here
2 x Wilton Royal Blue Icing Colour
2 x Wilton Red No Taste Icing Colour
2 x 8” square cake pans, lined with parchment paper
4” diameter sphere pan, lined with parchment paper
Scale out two 3.5 lb portions of your vanilla cake batter. Dye one portion blue using both Wilton Royal Blue Icing Colours. Dye the other portion red using both Wilton Red No Taste Icing Colours.
Use the remaining batter to fill both halves of your 4” diameter sphere pan if you would like to make the baseball cake topper. I filled each half with 1/2 lb of batter.
Bake your cakes with the help of my handy chart found here. But always test your cakes with a toothpick inserted into the centre. It should come out clean when the cake is done. Allow your cakes to cool completely in their pans.
Assembling Your World Series Cake
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
1 x recipe Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here
Simple Syrup - find my recipe here
1 cup beer nuts
1 cup caramel corn
1 cup pretzels
½ cup red Smarties
½ cup blue Smarties
½ cup Cherry Jelly Bellies
½ cup Blueberry Jelly Bellies
½ cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup cocoa
#807 Round Tip
Small offset spatula
Remove your red and blue cakes from their pans, level and cut them in half. You can watch how I do this here. I also cut all four sides of each cake off to remove the caramelized edges and reveal the bright colours of the cake.
I decided to cut my cakes into a pentagon, which is the shape of home plate on a baseball field. I made myself a template by simply cutting a square of paper the same size as your cake. Measure halfway up two opposite sides and the top of your square and make a mark. Then draw two diagonal lines from the two marks on the opposite sides to the top centre mark. Cut out your pentagon and use this template to cut your cake layers.
You should now have four pentagon shaped cake layers: two red and two blue. Time to fill these babies!
Begin by showering your cake layers with simple syrup. Lay down a blue cake layer. Spread a layer of buttercream, and then use your piping bag fitted with a # 807 round tip to pipe a buttercream fence along the top edge of the pentagon. Fill the inside of the fence with all of your baseball snacks! Pretzels, beer nuts, caramel corn, Smarties and Jelly Belly jelly beans. Really pile everything in. Then pipe a few little mounds of buttercream here and there, so that your next cake layer will have something to stick to.
Lay a red layer of cake on top. Use your small offset palette knife to smooth and wipe away the excess buttercream along all five sides of your cake.
Repeat the filling process by spreading buttercream, piping a fence, filling with baseball snacks and piping some mounds. Place a layer of blue cake on top, clean the sides with your spatula and repeat everything once more.
Finally, add the final red layer to the top of your cake and set it in the fridge to chill for ½ hour.
Now that your cake is nice and cool, spread a thin layer of buttercream onto the top red layer. At this point, I decided to trim all five sides of my cake just a little. I wanted to sharpen the look of the blue, white and red stripes of cake and buttercream. If you choose to do this, make sure your cake is cold! Carefully trim away a thin layer - you don’t want to lose any of your baseball snacks.
Time to make some dirt. Err...infield mix. (I had to look that up!) Simply mix together your graham cracker crumbs and your cocoa until you are happy with the colour. Sprinkle a thin layer of this mixture onto the top of your cake.
This cake will be delicious even if you stop right here. But if you are aiming for a home run…..
Making A Home Run Baseball Cake Topper
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
4” diameter sphere cake
1 oz white chocolate
½ lb white fondant (McCall’s)
½ recipe of royal icing - find my recipe here
Wilton Red No Taste
Small Offset Spatula
Small Icing Spatula
Pointed Sculpting tool or toothpick
Parchment piping bag
Baseball Seam Template - download this here
Remove both halves of your 4” diameter sphere cake. Melt your white chocolate and spread it between the two halves of cake to secure them together. Let the chocolate set and secure your ball cake into one piece.
Crumb coat your baseball cake and chill for 15 minutes. Then, ice your baseball cake as smoothly as possible and chill for ½ hour. Once your cake is chilled and your buttercream is firm, wet your hands and use your fingertips to smooth out and ridges in your buttercream.
Roll out 1/2 lb of white fondant and cover your baseball cake. Trim away the excess fondant and smooth the rest onto the cake with the palms of your hands.
Mark the curved lines onto your baseball cake using your sculpting tool. Use the pointed sculpting tool or a toothpick to poke a series of holes along either side of the curved lines. This is where you will pipe the stitching.
I used royal icing for the stitching that I dyed red using Wilton Red No Taste. If your royal icing becomes thinner as you colour it, readjust the consistency by adding more icing sugar.
Pour your red royal icing into your parchment piping bag. Cut a small opening and pipe your stitches onto the ball. I kept a real baseball by my side so I would get it just right.
Allow the royal icing to dry completely. Take a little extra graham/cocoa infield mix and smudge it onto your baseball cake. This is the World Series - baseballs get dirty!
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Now add your Baseball Cake Topper this to the top of your World Series Cake. Finish it off by adding some more pretzels, beer nuts and caramel corn around the baseball. Baseball games are long - you need as many snacks as you can get!