Recipe By Tracy
Published May 25th
Prep 45m Cook 1h 15m Additional 1h 15m Ready In 2h 75m
Servings 1 round cake Calories 638.3

Neat way to make a ball shaped cake. Perfect for birthday parties. Kids love it. Use your favorite flavor of cake mix.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) container vanilla frosting
  • 12 black licorice whips
  • ¾ cup white sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 2 1/2 to 3-quart ovenproof bowl. Place sugar in a bowl and stir in black food color until desired color is achieved. Set aside.
  2. 2 Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Pour batter into the prepared bowl and bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cake cool for 15 minutes in the bowl then invert and let cake cool completely.
  3. 3 Once cake is completely cool, trim flat side of cake and place on a cake board. Trim edges into a ball shape. Frost with the white frosting. Next, using a toothpick, draw a pentagon in the center top of the cake. Surround the pentagon with five hexagons. Repeating to cover entire cake. Cover lines with black licorice cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Fill the pentagon shapes with black-colored white sugar.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 638.3
  • Carbohydrate 119.6 g
  • Cholesterol 1.3 mg
  • Fat 16.6 g
  • Fiber 0.7 g
  • Protein 3.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.8 g
  • Sodium 550.1 mg
  • Sugar 88.1 g


  1. I have the soccer ball cake pan and it worked perfectly for my husbands scary eyeball birthday cake that my kids wanted me to make. Fun!
  2. I used the Wilton Ball Pan to bake my cake. It took about 50 mins to bake. I put a buttercream crumb crust on first. I totally overlooked the toothpick trick and used clear gel and the template to put my markings on the cake. I'm sure the toothpicks would've worked better. I only decorated - Read more ...
  3. I made this for my son Michael's 4th birthday and he LOVED it! Everyone was complimenting it all day. Thanks so much for the recipe.
  4. What a great idea - I'm no great cake decorator but this worked well even for me! Cooked the ball in a metal pudding basin and a field in a large rectangular pan. Pressing shapes of pentagons/hexagons into white icing with a toothpick made it easy to pipe the black lines and they did not - Read more ...
  5. I used the bowl and cake directions to make this cake. Instead of the licorice I searched the net for something different. I used the white frosting II/wedding cake icing recipes from this site to put a thin layer of icing on first. Used a paper pattern to cut out the hexagon and pentagon shape. - Read more ...
  6. I made this for a friend's birthday party in a local restaurant and all the staff were amazed. Really easy to make. I used cherry laces but it still looked good.
  7. I love this idea. I made a baseball cake instead but equally fabulous. Once the cake came out for the team party all the cameras started snapping. The possibilities are endless with a half round; you can make any type ball or even shove a doll in the center and make it a dress. Imagination - Read more ...
  8. What an exellent and innovative idea for a cake! I think I will try it.
  9. I tried it out just recently for my son!!! thanks sooo much!! Where did you come up with this idea? Have you ever made it for someone (when?) -what was the response?