Jan 23, 2013

Top 10 Golf Cakes - Creative Confections That Hit the Sweet Spot

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See My Top 10 Golf Cake List
There was a time... not long ago... when cakes conformed to certain specific standards; a wedding cake would generally be tiered and white, while a birthday cake was expected to be layered... and laden with candles.

Thanks to several celebrity bakers and a few reality cooking shows, stunning, over-the-top cake design has become standard... no matter what the occasion.  

As for inspiration... it can come from anywhere. Or so it seems. An image search for "cakes" yields a substantial selection of truly exquisite creations... and a mind-boggling multitude of hideous/hilarious "cake mistakes"

With so much interest in the sugar arts, cake contests have become popular fundraisers, and in a couple of weeks, I'll be competing in one myself.

The Valentine's Day Cake Creation Celebration will benefit the Danbury Museum & Historical Society, an organization that's dear to my heart because of its commitment to the preservation of history... specifically the history of our centuries-old town: Danbury, CT.

The theme of this year's contest is "Bake What You Love", so I naturally thought of golf... and when I started looking around for ideas I found plenty. As in hundreds. And again, some are sublime, others are... interesting... and some left me wanting to swear off cake... and golf... for the rest of my life.  Anyway I'm still not sure how I'll decorate my cake, but I know I'm planning to win.

If you're in the Danbury area, do consider stopping by the Cake Creation Celebration to taste the cakes and vote for mine on your favorite.  Meanwhile check out my top 10 golf cakes HERE.

Golf Girl's Top 10 Golf Cakes

10. This whimsical golf birthday cake was made by Blissfully Sweet cake blogger "Jacki", for her newly-golf-obsessed son. The bunker is penal, the water hazard is huge, and the little guy still made it onto the elevated green... after a few tries.  I guess you could say some stellar course management skills helped this cake earn a spot in the Top 10.

9. SugarButterFlour, a Silicon Valley pâtisserie, offers a girly-girl golf bag cake that definitely makes our list. We love the prodigious use of pink, and the extra balls.  Not that we'll probably need them.

8. Is it a cake? Or is it a hand-stitched, fine leather, monogrammed men's golf bag... lying on its side? It's both. And that's why this grooms cake by Betty Weber (beautifully photographed here by Meg Baisden Photography) makes the list.

7. Let's face it, argyle is awesome, and because of its traditional association with golf its often used in golf inspired cakes.  I particularly like this Hudson Cakery bridal shower cake, because of the purple color pallet... and because the blonde bride-to-be sitting in the middle of it is so cute. In fact this cake made me think of Morgan Pressel.  The golden-haired golf star got married last weekend and rumor has it her wedding color was purple.

6. What's not to like about a cake that features a follicly-challenged pharmacist who can read a putt the way he reads a doctor's chicken scratch?  Nothing, as far as I can see. That's why this cute creation from She Bakes Cakes is on my list.

5. The couple that plays together, stays together.  And if the cake they're sitting is a pink and green, multi-tiered marvel featuring argyle, stripes and polka dots... all at the same time... it'll probably make my Top 10 list.  Pink Cake Box created it for a 35th wedding anniversary

4. Three putts... four putts... five putts... breaking an ineffective putter.  I can totally relate, so right onto my list this Missed Putt Cake goes.  It's part of a stellar tablescape by Crazy for Design.

3. Golf on the Green, by Cakes.com is a golf cake that keeps on giving, long after the last crumb has been savored. You see, it comes with a fully functional, magnetic ball marker and golf bag divot tool... so it's kind of like a birthday cake and a birthday gift. Granted the photo isn't particularly flattering but I'm guessing it looks better in real life, and that's why I put it on my list.

2. As a milestones go, the big seven-O is right up there, and definitely deserving of a Top 10 cake... and this elegant, three-tiered, sculpted fondant statement piece fits the bill perfectly.  Particularly if you're partial to green.. and argyle...  and damask. Oh... and great big golf balls.  This is just one of many delightful designs by Singapore-based Celebrate with Cake.

1. Though it's hard to pick a favorite, I really like this one.  I found it via bridal site Style Me Pretty, and I'm leaning towards doing something like it for the cake contest.  The fact that it's so overtly chocolate is... deliciously appealing. Then there's my fear of fondant. Fondant, for those who don't know, is the smooth play-dohish frosting that allows you to cover your creation in argyle or transform your cake into a playable par-3.  The thing is, I've never had much luck with the stuff and to be honest, I don't really like the way it tastes. Which is kind of like... really sweet play-doh.  I tend to prefer butter cream. Chocolate butter to be exact.

The fact is, I'm still undecided on exactly what kind of cake I'll do. So if you see something you think would be nice, let me know and I may try to replicate it.  In any case I'll be sure to post photos of my (winning?) entry.


  1. OMG, they look amazing! They are too good to eat!
    Actually my birthday is coming up... i better start thinking about how my cake is gonna be... ahah


  2. I'm with you on the fondant cakes Patricia, they always look and taste a bit artificial to me. Especially wedding cakes they never seem to taste as good as the simple looking, old fashioned birthday cakes we had as kids, be these days huge desert buffets come before the cake at most weddings, so the actual wedding cake is mainly just a decoration. I'd say go with the chocolate.

  3. Call me a traditionalist then, I think wedding cakes should be white and birthday cakes should have candles. And I don't think frosting should ever glow in the dark.

  4. Are you sure all those cakes are edible? Some of the don't look it. 5 & 6 definitely look like playdoh LOL.

  5. I'm in charge of the cake for my cousin's bachelorette. I'm thinking about the pink golf bag. She doesn't play but her future husband does and she's always complaining about it. Do you think she'd find it funny? Or kill me? ;-)

  6. Patty cake, Patty cake, whipped cream on top? (TXQ)

  7. Some amazing golf cake designs, I want one of these for my birthday.

    I like the 'Blissfully Sweet' cake the best.


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