I made a soccer themed cake for my friend’s son Adrian in April. Here is how I created the soccer ball cake topper. All the measurements and cutting were done by hand so were likely to prone to human errors. The shapes should be adjusted slightly and accordingly during the construction. Simply cover up the not-so-great side by using it as the bottom.
What You Need
Black and white fondant
Fondant rolling pin
Plastic food wrap or food storage bag
Small craft knife
Food dedicated paint brush
Knead white fondant until pliable. Dust silicon mat with cornstarch then roll out fondant thinly with a rolling pin. Apply some water to the styrofoam ball and cover it with fondant. Smooth all seams and edges with a fondant smoother or by hand until even and smooth.
Measure the circumference of the sphere with a string. Divide this number by 15. This will be the side of your pentagon and hexagon. My sphere has a circumference of 20 cm. So my shapes will have a side of 1.3 cm. Draw pentagon and hexagon with this width on a piece of cardstock paper. A pentagon has angles of 108° whereas a hexagon has angles of 120°. I just drew them with a ruler and a protractor. Cut shapes out with scissors to create your templates.
Knead black and white fondant until pliable. Roll out fondant thinly on the dusted mat. Using the templates, cut out 12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons with a craft knife. Keep shapes that are not yet in used in a food storage bag or cover them with plastic wrap to prevent drying.
With water as glue, adhere the shapes to the sphere like a real soccer ball (I used my son’s soccer ball as reference). When completed, set aside in a cool place overnight to let dry.
When the soccer is dried it is ready to be placed on the cake. Here’s is my finished cake.
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