Another golf-themed cake. More of that fun little Wilton #233 multi-opening piping tip (to make the grass). I used that tip at every opportunity for a while back then.
I used a sphere cake pan set to make the golf ball - I think I bought the pan set specifically for this cake, and ended up only needing one of the two pans. The little dimples on the golf ball were made by poking a plastic drinking straw into the royal icing.
The golf ball was white cake, and the little patch of golf course was chocolate.
My original idea was much more dramatic - and less kind. I wanted to have the golf ball somehow teetering on the edge of the hole without going in. Ultimate golfing nightmare. But I just couldn't rig it properly with my limited experience in cake architecture, and I also rationalized that it would be nicer to let the ball drop in on the golfer's birthday.
I remember he was tickled with the cake, and I ended up making a couple of birthday cakes for his son over the next few years. Funny how things work. The son is in college now. I think he was turning ten when I made the first cake for him. I'll get to those cakes eventually.
I like this cake. It's simple, but effective.