How To Make A Rugby Ball Cake
Gather Your Ingredients
Before diving into the exciting world of cake creation, it’s important to have all the necessary ingredients on hand. To make a rugby ball cake, you will need:
- 2 round cake pans
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- Fondant or buttercream icing (preferably brown, but any color can work based on your preference)
- Frosting spatula
- Fondant or gum paste in white or black for decorating
- Cake board or platter for serving
Baking the Perfect Cake
Begin your cake creation by preheating the oven to 350°F (175°C). While the oven warms up, prepare the cake batter. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. This will ensure that the dry ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the cake.
In a separate mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar using an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Next, gradually add the dry mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Continue mixing until all the ingredients are well combined and a smooth batter is formed.
Divide the batter equally between the two round cake pans, smoothing the surface with a spatula to ensure even baking. Place the pans in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
Once the cakes are baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. Afterward, transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
Assembling the Rugby Ball Cake
Now that your cakes are cooled and ready, it’s time to bring them together and give them their rugby ball shape. Begin by flipping one of the cakes upside down on your serving platter or cake board. This will serve as the bottom half of the rugby ball.
To make the upper half of the rugby ball, take the second cake and cut it in half horizontally. You can slice off a small section from the top to achieve a realistic rugby ball shape. Place one half flat side down onto the bottom cake to create the upper half of the rugby ball.
Spread a thin layer of your preferred frosting between the two cake halves to hold them together. This will also help create a smooth surface for your fondant or buttercream icing.
Decorating Your Rugby Ball Cake
Now comes the most exciting part – decorating your rugby ball cake! Roll out your chosen fondant or buttercream icing into a large oval shape, ensuring it’s big enough to cover the entire cake. Gently place the rolled fondant or icing over the cake, adjusting it to fit the rugby ball shape. Smooth the fondant or icing with a frosting spatula or your hands to eliminate any wrinkles or air bubbles.
If using fondant or gum paste, you can add further details to make the rugby ball cake more realistic. Cut out small ovals from white or black fondant/gum paste and carefully apply them to the cake to mimic the stitching on a rugby ball.
Alternatively, you can use buttercream icing to create the stitching effect. Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round tip with your chosen icing color and pipe lines onto the cake to replicate the stitching pattern of a rugby ball.
Remember, the decoration is your chance to get creative and add your personal touch to the cake!
Enjoy Your Rugby Ball Cake
After all the hard work and creativity, it’s time to admire your masterpiece. Slice the rugby ball cake and savor the deliciousness of your creation. This cake is a hit at rugby-themed parties, sports events, or simply when you want to impress your friends and family with your baking skills.
So, go ahead and dive into the exciting world of cake decoration. Tackle the challenge of making a rugby ball cake, and you’ll be rewarded with a delightful treat that will definitely score you some points!