Easy Soccer Ball cake

This soccer ball cake is easy to make.  To create the soccer ball shape I used a approximately 8" Stainless steel bowl, and an 8" round cake pan Insert toothpick to check for doneness.  You may use glass bowl but you have to reduce cooking time. 

Use Wilton tip #21.  
This is how I assembled my soccer cake.
The naked cake... As you can see there are 3 layers to this cake.  The bottom layer is 8" round cake.  The top layers are just one bowl shaped cake that I split into two sections.   I stack the layers first to see how they fit together.  I noticed that the middle layer overhangs a bit on the 8" round cake.  I trimmed off the excess cake using a sharp carving knife.   Each layer is filled with chocolate buttercream.
Small dollop of chocolate buttercream

Spread thinly on cake.  Crumb coat.  This will keep cake crumbs and other imperfection in
check.  Chill for 15 minutes or more until buttercream hardens. 

Smooth out with hot spatula. Refrigerate for 7 minutes.

Make a equilateral pentagon.  Trace pentagon from real soccer ball.  Cut the pentagon and trace it on to parchment paper.  locate the top, center of cake.  Place parchment paper pentagon on the centre point of cake.  Trace out pentagon onto the cake.

Trace out a hexagon that has the same width as the pentagon.  Match up corner and sides of both shapes (as shown)  If you want create a hexagon from a real soccer ball.  

Continue matching all the corners and sides until you have marked up the whole cake.  Don't fret if  shapes does
not match up perfectly.  Your eyes tend to generally focus on the top of the cake so as long as the top of the cake
matches up it should work out just fine.

Made a few mistakes along the way.  Not a problem.  Mistakes will be covered by another
layer of icing.

Outline the markings you made with black buttercream using Wilton tip #5

Pipe out black buttercream on all the pentagon.  Wilton tip#21

One down more to go

Done all the pentagons

An all butter buttercream has a yellow tint to it.  Add white gel food colouring to make it whiter.

Pipping out the white buttercream

After the whole cake is covered I rolled white fondant and cut into long 2" thick strips and pipe out a birthday greeting.  

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