A few items you'll need:
red food coloring paste writing gel
fine water color type paint brush
Green food coloring
Square pan and half of a ball pan
Decorator frosting (about 8 cups worth)
3 cake mixes
Bake cakes. I used 3 boxes of Duncan Hines Chocolate cake mix to quickly make my cakes. For my square, I used 1 1/2 boxes of the mix.
For the half round, I used less than half of the cake mix. And for the cupcakes, I used the remainder of the cake mix.
After cakes were cooled, I did a scratch coat of frosting on my round cake. I cut and filled my square cake and did a scratch coat. I rolled out a thin layer of fondant and placed it over my round cake. I gently pushed the fondant around my cake making it nice and smooth and then cut of the excess.
I tinted some of my frosting green and frosted my square cake. Here I added the round fondant cake to the top.
I took a little bit of my red writing icing and added a drop of water to it. I mixed it in a bowl. For this, I made sure the consistency was still thick but thin enough to paint with. I didn't want any drips or running.
I painted on a long line with the red color and then added the stitches.
Once both sides of the ball were complete, I added more green frosting to the cake with a Wilton tip #233. I wanted that grassy field look.
And now my cake's complete and ready to party!
This is what makes it all worth it!
Happy Baking and celebrating and of course...eating!