Growing up in the Cleveland area can be a nightmare for a sports fan. “There’s always next year” is our regular end of season moto. Cleveland has had the longest sports championship drought out of any other U.S. city. 1964 was the last time Cleveland, Ohio saw a championship team, when the Browns won the NFL Championship.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have some very exciting players and make it to the playoffs regularly, but can’t seal the deal. In 1948 the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series…one can see the pattern of our sports teams.
The New York Yankees are a team either loved or loathed by people. This could have something to do with the Yankees leading Major League Baseball in both revenue and titles. 27 World Series titles, 40 American League penants and some of the most celebrated players (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra) is an impressive and intimidating resume. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was asked to create a Yankees theme birthday cake for a long time fan.
The Yankees cake was decorated using Marshmallow Fondant and Royal Icing. Royal Icing is tempermental in its consistency, but when right it can make the most fabulous decorations. I used royal icing on a few areas of this cake…the stitching on the baseballs and the actual baseballs along its sides.
To create the baseballs, I piped royal icing onto a silpat and let it dry overnight. Before lifting the baseballs with an offset spatula, I detailed them with a bit of red royal icing stitching. Marshmallow Fondant was used to make the Yankees logo and baseball mitt. The mitt was hand sculpted and painted. This Yankees cake was perfect for any sports fan’s birthday and could be transformed to represent any team…even the Cleveland Indians.