9.23.2012

How To Make a Globe Cake

I have been meaning to write this blog post for weeks. Seriously, I made this cake for my friend's birthday at the end of August. It's been awhile.

But I'm really excited about this post because I think this might be my favorite cake that I've made so far. Visually, at least. I was just really pleased with how it turned out!



I usually make all my friends' cakes on their birthdays. It's kind of like my birthday present to each of them. And I always try to make the cakes match my friends' personalities or their interests. So my friend Wes is really into languages and linguistics. Honestly, I had a hard time translating that into a cake. I really wanted to do something with countries and different languages, but still make it seem like a birthday cake.

Finally, I settled on the idea of a cake decorated like the Earth, but I wasn't sure how to do that exactly. I only wanted to make half of the globe, and I seriously considered buying a half-spherical-type-cake-pan, but eventually just decided to use a bundt cake pan instead.

This is kind of a long process, but it was completely worth it in the end. :)

FOR THE CAKE
I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe, Black Magic Cake.

  • The cake will need to be baked in the lower third of the oven, so move the oven rack to a lower position. I put mine on the second space from the bottom. Preheat the oven on 350 degrees.
  • Make a batch of Black Magic Cake as directed in the blog post. Spray a bundt pan (or spherical pan if you have one) with non-stick spray and fill it with the batter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes and check it. It might take a little longer because of the bundt pan. If it isn't done, bake it for another 5 minutes and check it again.
  • I knew I was going to have to fill in the hole of the bundt cake with something, so I cut the Black Magic Cake recipe in half. I baked it in a 9x13 inch pan, but a square pan would work just fine. You'll need to bake this one for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Let both cakes cool completely before frosting.


BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
3 cups powdered sugar
(Blue and green food coloring)

Cut the butter into chunks. I usually cut along the tablespoon lines on the wrapper. Beat butter on medium speed until light and creamy. Add vanilla and milk and mix well. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, scraping the bowl and mixing well after each addition. Add half a tablespoon of blue food coloring and mix. Add more food coloring as needed.

For the green frosting, I halved the buttercream recipe and used green food coloring instead.


ASSEMBLY

To fill the hole in the bundt cake, measure the width of the hole, and cut a circle the same size from the second sheet of cake. Add it to the center of the bundt cake; it will probably be about half full, so measured the hole again (it might be a slightly smaller size this time) and cut another circle. I only added two circles of cake, but if you need to add another one you certainly can.


Then cover the cake with blue frosting, making sure to fill in the ridges if you used a bundt pan. The frosting doesn't have to be perfectly smooth because the ocean isn't really smooth. It adds a little texture. Put the cake in the freezer for a few hours, at least three, or over night.

To make the continents, to Google and find a picture of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Print each picture and select the "Fit on Page" option for the image size. (I had to play around with the image sizes, but eventually found pictures that were about the same height and width.) Then cut each continent out. I ended up taping my Europe and Asia together.


Once the cake is good and frozen, you'll be able to lay the paper continents on the cake and they'll stick to the frosting without messing it up. Also, the continents don't have to be perfectly lined up. Mine certainly weren't. The part of North America jutting into the Gulf of Mexico is usually on the left side of South America, but I don't even know if any of my friends noticed at the time.

Outline the continents with a toothpick by gently pressing it into the frosting. Then peel the paper off and fill in the continents with the green frosting. I used a decorating bag and a tiny star tip.


And to incorporate languages into this cake, I typed up Happy Birthday in a bunch of different ones, cut them out, and taped them to toothpicks. Then I put each toothpick flag in the country of the language that was on it.


When it was time to sing and cut the cake, I took out all the toothpicks (so they wouldn't catch on fire!) and put in the candles. After a memorable rendition of Happy Birthday, I cut the cake and put a toothpick flag in each piece. There was a lot of "What country did you get?" "I got Iceland!" "I got the Atlantic Ocean!" It was good times. :)


And there you have it! How to make a Globe cake.

Like I said before, this might be one of my favorite cakes I've made so far. All my friends seemed to be impressed with it, but I couldn't help thinking that it's really not about the cake. Like, I didn't want the cake to be this big impressive thing and take away from the birthday we were actually celebrating. But my friends assured me it didn't come off that way, thank goodness. Really, I just like to make cakes that my friends will enjoy and I was really happy with this one.


10 comments:

  1. I sure would say this is one of your most creative cakes so far. An excellent idea and the cake looks great!

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    1. Thanks! It's definitely one of my favorites!

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    2. Hi nice well done. My daughter is going to try to make her first globe cake. Its going to resemble Universal Studios from Orlando Florida.

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  2. Love your commitment to make this one happen! Beautiful.

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  3. This cake just looks awesome! You have done a lot of creative cakes but this one is up there!

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  4. Excellent job and beautifully done! So good I had to "pin it" and share it with others!

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  5. Well, where have I been! This has to be your most amazing cake yet! I'm sure that Wes was thrilled with it. I love the concept, the way you put it together, and the toothpicks in different languages. Extremely well done!

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