From Court to Cake: Amazing Basketball Cake Recipes

Basketball Cake

If you need a Basketball Cake for a child’s birthday celebration, a basketball season-ending party, or even a March Madness game day party, this is a perfect option! Let’s check our Basketball Cake Recipes below by

Amazing Basketball Cake Recipes


  • 1 cardboard cake circle measuring 10 inches (or an 8-inch cake circle; I like Wilton’s center-punched circles better)
  • Three 8-inch cake pans
  • Leveling cake
  • Turntable for cake
  • Enormous offset spatula
  • A pastry cutter or cake scraper
  • A small piping bag and tip (the set is linked; if you only need the tip, the one I used is fairly comparable to an Ateco 44 or 45);
  • (Optional) Kitchen scale for weighing ingredients in grams


Basketball Cake

Layers of chocolate Basketball Cake:

  • 2 14 cups (350 grams) of all-purpose flour
  • 2 14 cups (450 grams) of granulated sugar
  • 100 grams of cocoa powder, or 1 14 cups
  • 5 grams in 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon (4 grams) of salt
  • 1 stick or 227 grams of unsalted butter, softened, equals one cup.
  • 4 eggs, four big, at room temperature
  • If you can’t find liquid buttermilk at your grocery store, substitute 1 12 cups of 350mL buttermilk with 350mL buttermilk powder and water.
  • 2/tsp of vanilla extract

Cream icing made with cream cheese

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened one package
  • 16 tablespoons softened butter, two sticks
  • Powdered sugar, 6 to 7 cups
  • Milk, 2 to 4 tablespoons
  • 1 t of vanilla extract, clear
  • Using unsalted butter calls for 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • If you’d prefer to use less food color and cover the ball cake with white icing, feel free to add orange gel food color later. Orange Americolor was utilized by me.
  • Food dye in black gel (Save this for later! Americolor Super Black was what I used.)

Instructions for making Basketball Cake:

Basketball Cake

Basketball-themed layers:

Step 1: Set the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) or, for a convection oven, 325 FC (160 degrees C). Baker’s floured spray or parchment paper can be used to grease or line three 8-inch cake pans.

Step 2: Fill the bowl of a stand mixer with flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar. Attach the paddle to the stand mixer. To ensure a thorough mixture, turn the mixer to low speed and let it run for a few minutes (or sift the ingredients together). The softened butter should be added and well mixed into the dry ingredients so that no butter lumps are left.

Step 3: Next, combine buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla by whisking them all together. Add wet components to dry ingredients in a slow, steady stream while running the mixer on low until no dry ingredients are visible. After cleaning the dish, stir for an additional 20 seconds.

Step 4: Using a kitchen scale is important for this step; my three pans each weighed out to be about 550g. A toothpick inserted should come out clean after baking for 30-35 minutes. Before removing cake layers from pans, let them cool for 10 to 15 minutes on a wire cooling rack. Let them cool fully before icing. If desired, place it in the refrigerator or freezer to quicken the chilling process.

Buttercream Frosting with Cream Cheese:

Basketball Cake

Step 1: Softened cream cheese and butter should be combined; gradually add powdered sugar while alternating with milk until a desired frosting consistency is reached. If necessary, whisk in the vanilla and salt after adding the sugar. (If you want to use a little less color, you can ice the inside of the Basketball Cake layers and the crumbs with white frosting and use orange only for the top layer of icing. Your choice!)

Step 2: If you have the time, make your frosting a day or two ahead of time and let it set overnight to let the color develop. This will allow you to use less gel food color to achieve the correct color.

Step 3: Next, center your next cake layer on top of the frosting-covered layer. With your remaining Basketball Cake layers, repeat the procedure.

Decorative Frosting:

Step 1: You are now prepared to crumb-coat. If you have never crumb-coated a cake, it is exactly what it sounds like you spread a thin layer of icing over the whole outside of the Basketball Cake to keep crumbs from getting into the top layer. With my large offset spatula, I typically perform this.

Step 2:  Add the final frosting layer and smooth it once the crumb coat has dried (this takes 5 to 10 minutes in the refrigerator). I enjoy using a bench scraper and an offset spatula for this step. When your cake is all covered, store it in the freezer or refrigerator to help the frosting set.

Step 3: You can now start decorating! Fill a piping bag with your black frosting and a flat or oblong nozzle. Pipe the icing over the cake’s top and down the edges. Add two curved lines to the top of the cake and then extend the lines down the sides.


The basketball cake blends the love of basketball with the pleasure of indulging in a delectable dessert, making it a wonderful and inventive treat. Any celebration is enhanced by its understated appearance, which is reminiscent of a basketball. The basketball cake will be a hit at any occasion, whether it’s a birthday party, a basketball-themed event, or just a gathering of sports fans. It serves as a captivating centerpiece that encourages interaction and conversation because of its flavorful combination, moist texture, and eye-catching appearance. Therefore, the next time you want to make a big impression with your dessert selection, take a look at the basketball cake and let the occasion soar to new heights of fun.

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