For his 7th Birthday this year, Owen wanted to have a bowling party. The lanes where we chose to have the party supplied everything but the cake. So I set off to figure out how to make a bowling ball and bowling pin birthday cake, and now I am sharing that with you.
Let me start by telling you I am not a talented baker. I can follow a recipe, I can operate a pastry bag. . .but the Cake Boss has nothing to fear from me. But this is relatively easy, so take a deep breath, and let's get started!
You'll need an 8" round cake pan and a 13" x 9" rectangular cake pan for these cakes.
Step 1: Bake your cakes. I used box mixes, and decided to make a chocolate bowling ball and vanilla (yellow cake) bowling pin. Let them cool completely.
Step 2: Make life easy for yourself and use the round cake as it is for the ball (you can layer it it you want, I kept a single layer) Get a template (no taller than 13") of a bowling pin. I searched online and printed one out. You can also free-hand.
Step 3: Use your bowling pin template to cut your white cake. I stood on a stool, so I was up over the cake. Put your cake on a hard, flat surface (you can lay a piece of parchment down) and use a serrated knife. Take small cuts, following your template.
Step 4: (optional) Use your template to cut a piece of parchment paper, just a little bigger than your cake. You can also just cut around your cake if you put it on parchment to cut. I also traced a white paper plate onto parchment for my bowling ball. I put these on my "tray" to help arrange my cakes for transport and display.
Step 5: Place your cakes on your tray and ice.
These cakes were relatively easy and such a hit. Wondering what shape I should try next. . .
catch you soon -