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with Kimberly Bailey
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Sculpting Essentials: The Perfect Sphere

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Make unforgettable, spherical cakes that look just like baseballs, volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls and beach balls. Find out how alongside Kimberly Bailey, the owner of The Butter End Cakery. Start by building a straightforward armature featuring a simple half-sphere support for your cake. Next, Kimberly will teach you her techniques for stacking, filling and carving your cake with confidence. Worried you'll mess up? Discover how to make mistakes disappear using a simple buttercream fix. You'll also see how to apply a ganache crumb coat that unifies your cake and its support to create a smooth ball. Then, Kimberly will guide you step by step through using fondant to decorate an amazing array of ball designs.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h57m

Included in this Class

1. Building the Base

1. Building the Base

Meet Kimberly Bailey, owner of The Butter End Cakery and your guide to creating perfectly-spherical confections. Every ball cake needs a secure base, and Kimberly is there to guide you step-by-step through the process of building one, from constructing your armature to attaching a polystyrene sphere.

2. Sculpting Your Cake

2. Sculpting Your Cake

Measure and stack your tiers while Kimberly shows you a foolproof way to carve the perfect ball. (Hint: You'll let the turntable do most of the work.) And when the inevitable mistake happens, don't sweat it! Kimberly has an easy and delicious fix for that, too: a buttercream spackle.

3. Ganache & Fondant

3. Ganache & Fondant

Crumb coat your cake with ganache to create a smooth, unified ball. Then watch as Kimberly drapes her fondant in one swift motion, taking care to show how this challenging hurdle can be cleared with less stress. Still see seams? Let her show you how those "imperfections" are really just opportunities to get creative.