Boston Red Sox Birthday Cake

My little one had a birthday recently, and he wished for a Boston Red Sox birthday cake.  I’m not a big cake baker, but I figured I could pull it off.  Armed with a picture of their logo, I set off to bake his wish.  Here’s a pictoral step-by-step, with a few instructions for how I made it along the way and at the end of this post.
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I found two different sized bowls to use to mark the circles I needed, gently touching them on the top of the cake to make imprints.  Then, eyeing my sample Red Sox logo, I drew the logo details freehand with the tip of a sharp knife.  The best part… when you mess up, you just rub the frosting back into place!

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I wish I could tell you which tip I used for the socks but it appears that I might have tossed it with the bag after decorating (stupid, amateur baker).  I liked this one though since it made the texture of the socks look woven.  Warning… red frosting isn’t easy to fix if you mess up!
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The cool Red Sox font that’s on the logo above was simply too tough (for me) to replicate on a frosted cake, so I just went with letters & tried to make them somewhat similar to the curves on the true Red Sox font.
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8-year-old wish granted :)

My local baking supply shop supplied me with a 12-inch round metal pan, a 14-inch round board & box and red/white/blue gel paste.

I doubled my Wedding Cake recipe to use for the big, round cake.  I baked it for a little over an hour, watching it closely and poking with a toothpick until I was satisfied that it was done.  The baking shop folks warned me that it would sink a little in the middle, and it did.  I simply used a bread knife to cut and even out the top and then covered all with frosting. 

For frosting, I made a double batch of Wedding Cake Buttercream to do the white base of the cake, smoothing it out as flat as I could and then I piped some decor around the edge. The buttercream frosting is always a little off-white because of the yellow butter, but I used clear vanilla extract and threw in a few squirts of white gel paste to brighten the white color.

For the colors, I made one batch of the Wedding Cake Buttercream and then split it into two bowls- one for red and one for blue. I had to use quite a bit of red to get the red that I wanted. I also had to use quite a bit of navy blue, and ended up throwing in a tiny bit of black paste to darken it even more.

All in all, it was a big, fun, time-intensive project. I’m always willing to try anything, and the smile on my son’s face, as well as hearing the delighted giggles when he saw his cake was simply reward enough. (Bonus… the cake was delicious and moist, & got rave reviews from both 8 year olds and adults at the party) :)

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36 Responses to “Boston Red Sox Birthday Cake”

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    Maria — May 22, 2009 @ 10:49 AM

    The cake turned out great! I hope your son had a great birthday. I am sure the cake made it a sweet one:)

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    Michelle — May 22, 2009 @ 11:27 AM

    You did a great job! Way to go!

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    Melanie — May 22, 2009 @ 12:48 PM

    Ok, that is amazing. Your kids are so lucky to have such a talented mom!

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    Barbara — May 22, 2009 @ 1:48 PM

    What a great mom! So cute!

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    jennywenny — May 22, 2009 @ 2:18 PM

    Well done! I’m too scared to pipe writing so I resort to my tappit letters. I’ve resolved to practice more piping after the cake I did in class came out so nice.

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    Ciaochowlinda — May 22, 2009 @ 2:31 PM

    You did a great job.

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    Elyse — May 22, 2009 @ 2:37 PM

    Awww, what a wonderful bday treat for your son! The cake turned out just beautifully. I’m so impressed with your decorating skills. Fabulous job!

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    Anali — May 22, 2009 @ 3:34 PM

    Great cake and go Sox!! Belated Happy Birthday to your son. : )

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    Janet — May 22, 2009 @ 3:38 PM

    Nice! I think you can do fondant, really~ I think you’re fibbing when you say you can’t…lol…

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    Lisa@The Cutting Edg — May 22, 2009 @ 4:13 PM

    Great job…and I’m a Red Sox fan too! Lovley!

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    ingrid — May 22, 2009 @ 4:38 PM

    Except for having the Red Sox’s logo the cake looks great! :)

    Hope your little guy had a terrific birthday!
    Happy holiday weekend!
    ~ingrid

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    Reeni — May 22, 2009 @ 5:21 PM

    What a cool cake! You do great work!

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    bridget — May 22, 2009 @ 6:08 PM

    Wow…I bet he was so excited!!! What a special cake!

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    Claudia Lima — May 22, 2009 @ 7:04 PM

    It’s great! I was wondering how you did the design. Now I get it!
    Congratulations!

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    Zoë François — May 22, 2009 @ 7:35 PM

    “Wow mom, her cakes are REALLY good!” That is what my 8 year old said when he saw this cake. Your son must have been so pleased! :) Wonderful!

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    Manggy — May 23, 2009 @ 3:59 AM

    Happy birthday to the youngun! I’m sure he appreciated this lovely cake! Well done :)

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    Girl Japan — May 23, 2009 @ 6:08 AM

    This looks so fun- I know nothing whatsoever about baseball but the cake looks fab!

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    Katrina — May 23, 2009 @ 8:41 AM

    Awesome! Your much more brave (and better) than I. I’m lucky though, my boys don’t really like cake, so I’ve got them accustomed to ice cream sundaes they can build themselves. Easy! Your cake looks great!

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    Hélène — May 23, 2009 @ 8:59 AM

    What a beautiful cake for your little one. Happy belated Birthday!

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    Gera @ SweetsFoods — May 23, 2009 @ 4:48 PM

    Lori I hope your kid has had a Wonderful Birthday!! This is a delightful cake, so beauty presentation :)

    Cheers and great weekend!

    Gera

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    Dragon — May 23, 2009 @ 5:30 PM

    Um, will you adopt me? :)

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    Kerstin — May 23, 2009 @ 6:12 PM

    Yay for the Red Sox! That is one amazing cake – you did an incredible job!

    Happy bday to your son!

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    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy — May 23, 2009 @ 6:47 PM

    Wow! That cake turned out amazing! I’m so impressed! My piping skills are the worst.

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    nina — May 24, 2009 @ 3:23 AM

    Why am I not surprised that you pulled this one off too!!! You did a great job! Well done!!!

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    megan — May 24, 2009 @ 6:57 AM

    I love the cake! You did a great job! That logo would have scared me off.

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    Stacey — May 24, 2009 @ 1:52 PM

    The cake looks great!!! I love making cakes for my kiddos too!!

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    CookiePie — May 24, 2009 @ 2:30 PM

    What a fantastic cake!!! Amazing job!

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    grace — May 26, 2009 @ 2:22 AM

    extremely impressive! the fact that i’m assuredly NOT a red sox fan can’t even stop me from admiring your work. :)

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    dawn — May 26, 2009 @ 11:43 AM

    I seriously could NOT have pulled that decorating off. You really did pull this off very well. My hand would not be steady or I would write it sideways!! LOL

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    kellypea — May 27, 2009 @ 1:51 PM

    You did such a nice job on this cake! I hear you on which tip for what effort. Mine all sit in a box and if they aren’t the tiny ones I used for cookies, I have no clue! Very, very nice, Lori.

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    Laurie — May 27, 2009 @ 3:53 PM

    What a fantastic job Lori!

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    Sues — June 5, 2009 @ 1:18 PM

    This is fabulous!!! I’m a huge Red Sox fan so I may have to use this at some point!

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    Mike — June 6, 2009 @ 9:37 AM

    Fantastic! I love it! Any one who puts that much time & creativity into something like this is a KEEPER! You’re the best!

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    treven — June 26, 2009 @ 1:57 PM

    wow
    tht looks great
    haha i wish my mom could do tht lol
    i bet his birthday was great

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    4KMom — July 15, 2011 @ 8:55 PM

    Just put the finishing touches on my Red Sox cake for my favorite 9 year old-thanks for the step by step-the cake turned out great!

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    Lori Lange — July 17, 2011 @ 6:58 PM

    Yay! Great to hear- go Sox!