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Basketball Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling


12-16 servings

Dimpled orange frosting and licorice laces make this basketball cake look deliciously realistic. It's as much fun to make as it is to eat. —Lonna Liccini, Clifton, Virginia


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/2 cups canned vanilla frosting
  • Orange paste food coloring
  • 4 pieces black shoestring licorice


  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Pour into a greased and floured 2-1/2-qt. ovenproof bowl.
  2. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from bowl to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine frosting and food coloring. Place cake on a serving plate. Spread with frosting. Gently press a meat mallet into frosting so texture resembles a basketball. For seams, gently press licorice into frosting.

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  • contessacawood
    May 24, 2012

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  • p2msr
    Mar 23, 2012

    I had trouble with the frosting; it kept sticking to the meat mallet and pulled up into peaks so I failed to get it to resemble a basketball texture. Used black food coloring instead of licorice.

  • DSVentures01
    Jul 8, 2011

    My son Likes basketball as a sport and loved the cake!

  • mississippigal
    Mar 2, 2010

    I made this cake for my grandson a couple years ago. It was a hit. The only problem, I completely failed to find shoestring licorice. Had to modify that.

  • Hannahmb
    Apr 8, 2009

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  • jmgoodwin
    Jul 23, 2008

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