I want to be the very best, like no one ever was...So when the Pokémon GO craze hit, I knew it was time to take on the challenge of a Pokémon Cake. You’ve seen me conquer my sphere fear with my Ornament Cakes, Kettlebell Cake, and my BB-8 Cake, but the unique pattern of the Poké Ball called for a completely new fondant process. Let’s do this!
Where Do I Buy My Ingredients & Tools??If only you could walk to the nearest Poké Stop and flip it for all of your caking ingredients! To make it easier for you to find the supplies you need to make this cake, I've organized them all right here on my Parsel page.
Baking Your Poké Ball Cake!
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
8 lbs Yo’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake - find my recipe here
2 x 8” diameter Stainless Steel bowls, greased and lined with parchment paper
Lining stainless steel bowls can be a little bit tricky, but I give you a run down right here. Prepare your chocolate cake batter, and divide evenly among your bowls. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow your cakes to cool completely in your bowls.
Icing Your Cake!
You Will Need:
Simple Syrup - find my recipe here
Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here
Small Icing Spatula
2 x 10” Round Cake Boards
Level your cakes with a serrated knife while they’re still in their bowls, using the top of the bowl as a guide. Give both sides of the cakes a simple syrup shower (both the flat side and the dome). Place cakes flat side down on their own 10” round cake boards.
Using a small icing spatula, give both cakes a crumb coat, and chill in the fridge. Remove cakes from the fridge and give them another ice before returning to the fridge. Once your cakes have had their second ice, wet your hands and smooth out any ridges in your buttercream.
Covering The Cake!
You Will Need:
1 1/2 lbs White Fondant
1 1/2 lbs Red Fondant
Pearl Luster Dust
Lemon Extract or Clear Food Grade Alcohol (like Vodka or White Rum)
First we’ll cover the bottom of our Poké Ball cake in white fondant. Roll out a slab of white fondant to about ¼ inch thick. Smooth on to the half sphere and cut off the excess with a sharp paring knife. Repeat to cover your second half sphere in red fondant.
Cut a ¼ inch strip of fondant away from the bottom of each cake, using a ¼ inch cake board as a guide, and a sharp paring knife. This will create a ½ inch indent when we bring our half sphere cakes together.
Dilute your pearl luster dust with a little bit of lemon extract or clear food grade alcohol, and paint onto your white fondant half sphere. A Poké Ball looks shiny and gleaming, but the white fondant by itself looked too flat.
I chose to cover my ball in two pieces for a couple of reasons. It was the best way to get the smoothest finish all the way around the cake, it was easier to cut a ½ inch indent away from the center of the cake while they two cakes were still flat on boards (rather than trying to cut it away from a round sphere cake), and there was no need to hide the seam. The seam in the middle is what makes it a Poké Ball!
Flip your white cake over, so that it’s flat side up, and fill with a layer of buttercream, being very careful to not get any of it on your fondant. Chill for 10 minutes to firm up the buttercream. This will prevent the buttercream from smooshing out when we place the red cake on top. Gently lower your red half sphere on top of your white cake, ensuring that both cakes line up properly to create a full sphere.
Decorating the Poké Ball Cake!
You Will Need:
1/2 lb Black Fondant
Fabric Measuring Tape
2 1/2” Circle Cutter
2” Circle Cutter
1 3/8” Circle Cutter
Roll out a slab of black fondant to ⅛ inch thick. Your black fondant needed to be thinner than the other fondant details to ensure your center strip stays indented. Measure the circumference and height of the bare piece of cake between your white and red fondant. Roll a band of black fondant, and trim the band to the proper dimensions. I would recommend cutting two bands, as it can be tricky to apply long bands of fondant, and it’s always good to have a backup in case one rips.
Apply your black band using a thin ruler to help guide it into the groove.
Roll out a little circle of black fondant and cut with a 2 ½ circle cutter. Use the same circle cutter to cut a gap right out of the center of my Poké Ball, cutting equal parts white and red. This will become the space for our button. Go back in with your circle cutter to your button area and cut any excess black band away. Then apply the black circle inside.
Roll out a ¼ inch thick white fondant slab. Use a 2 inch and 1 ⅜ inch circle cutters to cut out two white circles. Glue the smaller circle to the bigger one with just a bit of water. Paint them with the same diluted pearl luster dust mixture as your white half sphere. Brush a little bit of water onto the back of your buttons, and glue into place on the middle of the cake.
Now grab your phone, a slice of cake, and go cake ‘em all!