This Earth Day Cake with Fondant is easy to make with stencils! Covered in buttercream and fondant accents, this ball cake looks just like a globe!
I originally made this globe cake about 5 years ago for someone who loved to travel. I thought it was the perfect cake for a traveler and a little bit different than the normal suitcase cakes you usually see for that theme.
At the time, I just printed off a map on my computer and cut each little piece out by hand. It worked, but it was a little time-consuming!
Fast forward a few years, and I now own a Cricut. I pretty much try to find a way to use my Cricut nearly every day because I love it that much!
If you’re new to electronic cutting machines, be sure to check out my Cricut 101 for Beginners post. It will show you exactly how it works and give you examples of other projects you can make with it.
For this cake, I wanted to make things a little easier on myself so I cut the map shapes out with my Cricut. I just used a heavy cardstock and cut out the major continents and shapes.
And just like that I went from about 20 minutes effort to hand cut my “stencils” to about 2 minutes tops.
How to Make a Globe Cake
I used the Wilton Sports Ball Cake Pan for my globe. If you don’t have this, you can just use any oven-safe bowls that are about the same size. I’ve often used small Pyrex bowls to make ball cakes.
After your cake is baked and completely cool, you might need to trim the flat ends of your ball so that they sit flatly on top of each other. I just use a serrated knife to gently even them out.
Next take your Buttercream and tint it whatever shade of blue you would like. I made this most recent map cake a lighter shade than my first one so that you could see the difference between the two.
Spread a small amount of buttercream on the middle of your cake round and then place the bottom of the globe in place. Spread more frosting in the middle and then place the top of the globe on it. Crumb coat and then frost your cake as you normally would.
After it sets a little, I used the Viva paper towel method to smooth it out some. I don’t use this method with all of my cakes, but round balls can sometimes be a pain to smooth so this helps a bit.
How to Use Stencils With Fondant
To make the map shapes for your globe, roll some green fondant out to about 1/4″.
Then use a sharp paring knife to cut around your stencils. Smooth the edges with the pad of your finger if they are a little rough.
Then place them in the appropriate place and gently press into your buttercream.
Earth Day Cake with Fondant
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