Sunday, February 13, 2011

I Heart Pitchers and Catchers Report Day Cake

Most people recognize Feb. 14, as Valentine's Day, but it's also the day Major League Baseball's pitchers and catchers begin reporting for Spring Training this year. I start the countdown to this day as soon as the last out is made in the World Series.

And, it's not just about the baseball -- it means spring is on the way and summer is close behind here in the Northeast. I do have to admit that since attending a Spring Training game a few years ago, I was hooked more on this time of year than the regular season, at least when it comes to going to games -- the stadiums are much more intimate, the people there truly enjoy the sport of baseball and you get to see a lot of your favorite players in more of a relaxed setting.

Back to the cake. So, to celebrate both Pitchers and Catchers Report Day and Valentine's Day a heart-shaped cake with a baseball decorated in Valentine's Day colors would be a good solution to acknowledge both big events going on!


What I used:

1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix
1 box Duncan Hines Devil's Food cake mix
2 containers vanilla icing
1 container white icing
2 Wilton disposable decorating bags
Decorating tips 4, 16, 21 and 66
Wilton red icing coloring (you can use regular food dye)
large heart-shaped pan
Wilton sports ball pan set

Prepare the red velvet cake mix as directed on the box, following the cooking time for 13x9 pan size. Pour into the large heart-shaped pan, and bake. Prepare the devil's food cake mix as directed, and pour about half the batter into only one of the balls in the Wilton sports ball pan set. (use the other half for Valentine's Day cupcakes) Follow the directions on the Wilton sports ball pan set for cooking. (Lower the heat to 325 degrees and bake for 35-40 minutes) Let both cakes cool completely on a cookie sheet before starting to decorate. 


Dye both containers of vanilla frosting pink (you could do it red, but for me, it looked to much like a Boston Red Sox cake, and I'm a Yankees fan, so that wasn't happening) Once you reach your desired color scoop the icing into a bag that has tip number 21 on it. I used a larger tip for the heart and a smaller tip for the baseball to give it some depth.



Start decorating the heart with the sides first and then the top. Before you get too far with the top, prepare the ball by cutting off any excess cake that would prevent it from sitting flat. Spread a thin coat of icing on the flat part and place in the center of the heart cake. When decorating near the ball go as close as you can without actually getting the frosting on the cake.




Fill another bag with white icing  and using tip 16 decorate the ball.


Using the bag with pink icing and tip number 4, create baseball-like curved lines - small ones at the top and bottom and one large one. Switch over to tip 66 to make the baseball threads, spacing them evenly apart.


Enjoy!



12 comments:

  1. bring it to work!!!!

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  2. This is awesome! Other than my friend Colleen, I don't know anoyone who tracks baseball like you do...and celebrate it for that matter :) Thank you for sharing this beauty with us at Sundays at One Food Club.

    Angie @ Cocina Diary

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  3. so adorbale~~I will share this with my sister in law.... her daughter is a catcher for softball...she will love it!!

    Happy Valentines weekend:)
    Stopping by via under the table and dreaming~~~

    Kay Ellen

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  4. Happy Valentine's Day! That is super cute. Just found your blog via your pet blog. Will be coming back for sure. Your cake is making my mouth water. :)

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  5. very cute! my husband loves the first weeks of baseball!!

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  6. Hi Michelle,
    Your cake is just beautiful and looks delicious. I would like to invite you to bring a cake or a dish to Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great Valentines!

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  7. Great job! and fantastic way to celebrate everything all at once!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  8. that's really cute, I love that it's girly too!

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  9. I love this idea. I too count down the days until spring training. I love football, but it it not even close to my beloved Red Sox. We celebrate "Truck Day" as well. That is when the trucks leave Boston carrying the gear to Florida - usually a week prior to pitchers and catchers day. Thanks for this great idea!

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  10. wow! It turned out great and I'm sure it also tasted as good!

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  11. You are speaking DIRECTLY to me. I'm from NY and moved to San Francisco, but even without the snow, I know I need pitchers and catchers to feel like I'm coming out of the doldrums of winter.

    Um, and cake, and Wilton at that. You've spoken to my heart and you've got my stomach too! Happy V-Day and Pitchers and Catchers to you!

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