How-To Make an Outdoor Basketball-Themed Birthday Cake

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Difficulty: Hard

How-To Make an Outdoor Basketball-Themed Birthday Cake

What You’ll Need

  • 1 - 8” Double Layer Round Cake
  • 10” Round Foil Cake Board, Silver
  • Extreme Basketball DecoSet® Cake Topper
  • 6 Cups White Icing
  • 1 Cup Sunset Orange Icing
  • ½ Cup Red Icing
  • ½ Cup Royal Blue Icing
  • ½ Cup Golden Yellow Icing
  • Grass Green Airbrush Color
  • Hawaiian Blue Airbrush Color
  • Midnight Black Airbrush Color
  • Royal Blue Liqua-Gel Color
  • Golden Yellow Liqua-Gel Color
  • Red Red Liqua-Gel Color
  • Piping Tip #3
  • Piping Tip #4
  • Piping Tip #5
  • Piping Tip #6
  • Piping Tip #8
  • Piping Tip #10
  • 18” Disposable Pastry Bag
  • Plastic Coupler with Notch
  • Plastic Coupler, Medium
  • Cake Decorators Plastic Icing Scraper
  • 9 ¾” Angled Spatula
  • Decorating Comb
  • Airbrush Compressor
  • Step 1

    Place an 8” round, double layer cake on a 10” cake board and base ice with white icing. With a Decorating Comb, comb the sides of the cake to create ridges.

  • Step 2

    Using Grass Green Airbrush color, airbrush a 2”W border around the base of the cake.

  • Step 3

    Continuing with the Grass Green airbrush color, create a section of grass on the top of the cake. This section should be a little over half of the top of the cake. Make the top edge like an arc.

  • Step 4

    Using Hawaiian Blue Airbrush color, airbrush blue sky on the top of the cake.

  • Step 5

    Airbrush a small rectangular basketball court on the top of the cake in the green section using Midnight Black Airbrush Color.

  • Step 6

    Using white icing and Piping Tip #8, pipe a basketball backboard on the top of the cake. Align the backboard with the court. Pipe a rectangle shape and then fill it in. Smooth with a spatula or knife.

  • Step 7

    With Piping Tip #3, use Red icing to pipe a square in the center of the backboard and a free throw lane on the black court.

  • Step 8

    Switch to Royal Blue icing and pipe a 3-point line on the black basketball court.

  • Step 9

    Using white icing, and Piping Tip #3, pipe a basketball net at the base of the backboard.

  • Step 10

    Add a basketball hoop to the backboard and net by piping a Sunset Orange circle using Piping Tip #5.

  • Step 11

    Using Piping Tip #4 and Golden Yellow icing, pipe the three “swoosh” marks by letting the icing build up at first and then continue piping a long line creating a tapered look.

  • Step 12

    Using Piping Tip #10 Pipe a white reverse bead border on the top edge of the cake.

  • Step 13

    Pipe a reverse bead border around the base of the cake, using Sunset Orange icing and Piping Tip #10.

  • Step 14

    Place the basketball on the top of the cake.

  • Step 15

    Pipe inscription if desired.

Supplies

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    Premium Airbrush Colors, Grass Green (sku: 17446)
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      $3.99
    Premium Airbrush Colors, Hawaiian Blue (sku: 9611)
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      $4.49
    Premium Airbrush Colors, Midnight Black (sku: 9610)
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      $4.99
    Premium Gel Colors, Royal Blue (sku: 9525)
    • Premium Gel Colors, Royal Blue
      $6.99
    Premium Gel Colors, Golden Yellow (sku: 9535)
    • Premium Gel Colors, Golden Yellow
      $6.49
    Premium Gel Color, Sunset Orange (sku: 9530)
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      $6.99
    Premium Gel Colors, Red Red (sku: 9534)
    • Premium Gel Colors, Red Red
      $7.49
    Piping Decorating Tip #3 - 5 Pk (sku: 11022)
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    Piping Decorating Tip #10 - 5 Pk (sku: 11029)
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    Standard Plastic Coupler without Notch - 5 Pk (sku: 11024)
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    Standard Plastic Coupler, Medium - 5 Pk (sku: 10990)
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    Cake Decorator's Plastic Icing Scraper (sku: 14812)
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    Angled Spatulas, 9 3/4" Blade (sku: 9676)
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