I have seen these little sphere cakes before but I didn’t know what to call them. After a bit of research I found out that they are called bauble cakes. They are especially popular around Christmas time, where you can decorate them as Christmas ornaments. I think they are so unique and make exceptionally beautiful cakes. This was my first time making them and I wasn’t sure what the best way to make them ways. I did some research and there wasn’t a whole lot of help out there. So I am going to share with you a couple tips that I found worked good as I experimented with making them.
First off let me say that they aren’t as tricky as they look. They look a little intimidating but they aren’t so bad. The trick is to take your time.
If you want your cakes to have a perfect sphere shape the trick is to bake them in sphere pans. Wilton sells one that will do the trick. After baking the cakes, trim off the tops so you have two perfect half spheres.
Join them together with buttercream frosting and then frost the outsides with a thin layer of frosting. Try to make them as smooth as you can. Once frosted, refrigerate them until the frosting hardens. After the frosting is hard you will be able to smooth it out better and eliminate the ridges.
If your buttercream is not smooth your final product won’t be smooth either, so take your time and make it as smooth as you can.
Cover them in fondant the way you would cover any cake. For the best results cover them right after removing them from the fridge, when the frosting is cold and hard. The process of frosting and decorating them is the same as any cake, it just take a bit more time due to the shape.
The only trick I found to get them smooth is to take your time and rub, rub, rub them.
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