Back when I was an actual child, and it was actually appropriate to be interested in such things, all my siblings and I were fanatical about Pokemon. Not the card game so much, although we did collect and horde the cards just to look through them and trade and bicker. But we were entirely bought and sold by the cartoon. I remember once when we were trapped at my Oma and Opa's house in the next city with a Pokemon marathon a mere half an hour away (four back-to-back episodes with TWO BRAND NEW EPISODES ZOMGONDFKLJSDLKFJ). We finally whined and wheedled our way home, and during the entire car ride back, we were watching the clock with tense breathing and accelerated heat beats, screaming out the theme song and the Pokerap over and over again. Super charming, sorry bout that Dad!
     This year, as an actual adult, I got an awesome half-sphere silicone mold for Christmas and despite all my adult-ness, the first thing I thought of doing was creating some Pokeball mini-cakes. To make it even cooler, I co-ordinated the inner layers to match the colours of the pokeball. And with all that red-and-white, we were already halfway there, so I went whole-hog and made them into wee tiny Valentine's cakes. This is how I did it and how you can, too!

Step 1: Bake Your Cakes!

     The first thing you're going to need is one of these bad boys. Silicone half-sphere molds can run $10-$20 depending on where you get them from. If you're going to be baking up a lot of these cakes, it's better to have 2-3+ molds so that your cake batter isn't sitting around for an hour while you work through 10 baking cycles. (Batter left sitting around can kill your leaveners; it's best if you get your batter into the oven as soon as it's ready to go. Even more so when you're only using baking soda!)

     There isn't one critical recipe for this project; any recipe that yields a firm cake with a dense crumb is perfect. Butter cakes work well because they get harder in the fridge. If you're up to it, make a vanilla and a red velvet batter like I did. If not, just make vanilla, separate half your batter and tint it with a bit of red food colouring. (This goes for making other types of pokeballs too, to get your green, blue, etc.)

     You CANNOT use cake-mix for this. I think cake-mix is a great way for people to get reliable, fool-proof light and fluffy cakes, but they are just too light and fluffy for this. The cakes are small and get handled quite a bit during this process, and cake mixes just fall apart. I made this mistake myself: I decided to test out a new brand of cake-mix for my red velvet. The first batch fell to pieces when I tried to take them out of the mold. The second batch survived with ludicrous amounts of greasing the mold, but were very very difficult to work with when covering with fondant. So if you want to save yourself a ton of hassle, don't bother using it. 

     Follow the steps of the recipe that you choose, adjusting the bake time accordingly--much much less. I found mine were baking in about 8-10 minutes. Let them cool fully. 
Can you use modeling chocolate instead of fondant?
This is a great instructable. I'll be doing my best to follow your instructions tonight.
It is awesome was what I meant
OMFGHFATSPHERICALKITTENCAKES. Can you please, please, make me a full size one of those. With wonk eyes? Oh god... you are my hero.
Oh my, but those last kitties are lovely. Also the pokeballs, but those are less cute and more cool ^^
Im soo sorry i've got one more question for you! Do you think a pound cake could work for this recipe? Im trying to look for denser cake mixes and i'm caught between using white cake or pound cake. Do you have a personal preference?
I used Rose Levy Beranbaum's "White Velvet Cake", which is a really nice, sturdy and super moist white cake. (If you're ever looking for cake recipes, she is a super-reliable person--everything I've made from her books turn out perfectly.) A pound cake should do the trick too, though! I like the lighter colour of the white cake for this project because I think it looks cool when you bite into it, but the texture is more important than the colour. Hope that helps!
Hey there! This is such a cuuute instructable! I was just wondering what the diameter of the circle cookie cutter was! I don't have any circle cookie cutters at home and I dont really want to buy a million cookie cutters to get the perfect fit! Thanks so much!
Hey there! Im glad you like it! The mold is 2" half spheres, and I will measure the size of the circle cutter I used when I go home on Monday. If you make them Id love to see a pic!
OMG! Those are the cutest mini cakes ever! And I love that fancy schmancy punch :) Very, very awesome!
You had me at Pokemon... but then I saw the kittens!!! <br /> <br />:D Too much cute!

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Bio: A graduate of Confectionary Arts college; avid reader, snacker and mess-maker. I make cakes, cookies and other sugar-y things for my friends, family, and occasionally ... More »
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