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Cakes – Hole in One – 1997


Another golf-themed cake.  More of that fun little Wilton #233 multi-opening piping tip (to make the grass).  I used that tip at every opportunity for a while back then.

I used a sphere cake pan set to make the golf ball – I think I bought the pan set specifically for this cake, and ended up only needing one of the two pans.  The little dimples on the golf ball were made by poking a plastic drinking straw into the royal icing.

The golf ball was white cake, and the little patch of golf course was chocolate.

My original idea was much more dramatic – and less kind.  I wanted to have the golf ball somehow teetering on the edge of the hole without going in.  Ultimate golfing nightmare.  But I just couldn’t rig it properly with my limited experience in cake architecture, and I also rationalized that it would be nicer to let the ball drop in on the golfer’s birthday. 

I remember he was tickled with the cake, and I ended up making a couple of birthday cakes for his son over the next few years.  Funny how things work.  The son is in college now.  I think he was turning ten when I made the first cake for him.  I’ll get to those cakes eventually.

I like this cake.  It’s simple, but effective.

5 thoughts on “Cakes – Hole in One – 1997

  1. Bless you! Thank you so much for putting “Happy Birthday, Joe.” Most leave out the necessary comma.

  2. Hello, i’ve been looking for the perfect cake to make, and now I have found it! I am looking to make a cake similar to this tomorrow night for my boyfriend’s birthday. I was just wondering how you got the white icing on the ball, without getting it everywhere? Also, did you just simply cut the hole out, or is there a better way to do this? Thank you sooo much!!

  3. Hi Erika,

    Lets see…this was quite a while ago, so Im trying to remember. I think for the hole, I placed a 6 cake pan 3/4 full of water in the larger cake pan and poured the batter in around it, so the hole was baked in, rather than me having to waste any cake. I believe I baked two thick layers this way. As for getting the white icing on…I honestly dont remember. I am thinking I placed the ball on a small cardboard cake round, iced it, and then carefully lowered it down into the cake. I wish I could be more help!!

  4. I am wondering if you think you could use a bundt pan for the hole (and maybe just trim off the top a little to make it flatter?

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