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Basketball Jersey Cake

Contest Photo by: thaqmomma
Lewis Center, Ohio,
Category: Sports & Hobbies

Brief Description:

My friend's son, Marques, loves basketball. To celebrate his 5th birthday, I made a basketball jersey cake. This cake is super-easy to make. I picked his favorite team color for the jersey, then wrote his name and number in white, outlined in yellow. The C above his name identifies his favorite basketball team, the Cleveland Cavs. It was a big hit at his sports-themed birthday party and best of all, he loved it!

Ingredients:

2 boxes yellow cake mix
Add following ingredients, according to box directions:
4-6 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 1/2 water

Approx. 5 cups buttercream icing, colored as follows:
3 cups maroon icing
1/4 cup navy icing
1 cup white icing
3/4 cup gold icing

Mix the following ingredients to make the buttercream icing:
1 1/2 sticks butter
3/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 lb. powdered sugar

Steps:

1. Prepare the cake according to the box directions, allow to cool. Level the cake and place in the freezer for a couple hours.
2. Create a template by enlarging an image of a jersey to the approximate size of the cake. Cut out image so paper can be laid on top of cake.
3. Place cut template on top of cake from freezer. Cake should be firm, but not completely solid. Cut along edges of template so cake is shape of jersey.
4. Ice cake the main jersey color.
5. With icing, write the number (age, in this case) and name (first here), like a jersey. Add the edges of sleeves with accent colors.
6. Add decorative edging around the bottom of cake to create a finished look.
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