What’s for Dinner: Basketball Cake
On May 30th my cousin, Sabih, graduated from college and yesterday we celebrated!
He loves basketball – and when I came across a similar idea a very long time ago, I had immediately thought at that time that I have to make this for Sabih! Fortunately, I remembered last week and decided to try it out this week.
Here’s the end product:
I made a homemade yellow cake as the base [that was absolutely delicious]. Here’s what you need:
- 2 cups of [all-purpose] flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 stick of [unsalted] butter, softened
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup of [1%] milk
The no oil part in this cake? Love it!
To make the cake:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a [non-stick] 9-inch spring-form pan with non-stick cooking spray for extra precaution.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together your flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Next, cream your softened butter and sugar together until they are nicely incorporated together. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until completely combines.
- Combine your wet and dry ingredients together into one bowl. Add in the milk. Beat your mixture together until the batter is mixed together and smooth.
- Transfer into your baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes back clean.
For the frosting? I used store-bought [milk] chocolate frosting today. From the [Oreo] Buttercream Frosting from this post back in April I learned my lesson the hard way: no more homemade frosting UNTIL I get a stand mixer. Why are they so darn expensive?! Would make my life so much easier!
Tip: Make sure to let the cake cool completely before you attempt to frost. Makes a world of a difference, I’m telling you.
After I frosted the cake, I separated the orange and brown candies from a bag of Reese’s Pieces to use to decorate the top of the cake.
- Using the brown candies, I first used them to draw a line straight down the middle.
- Turn the cake 90 degrees, and do the same. You should now have the cake divided in 4 sections and a visible “+” sign.
- Next, again using the brown candies, I drew two half circles on either end.
- Finally, fill in all of the areas where the frosting is still visible with the orange colored candies.
P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.