6 inch Golf ball smash cake photo

Golf Ball Smash Cake

6 inch Golf ball smash cake photo

Need a golf ball smash cake - or a golf ball birthday cake?

I've got you covered! 🙂 As conceptually simple as they look, golf ball cakes can be surprisingly tricky to pull off convincingly. Backstory: my friend’s son was turning one, and I had the privilege of making a golf ball smash cake for his birthday! I couldn’t find many recipes as I was researching the best way to go about making it. So I post this in hopes it’ll be helpful to someone else. If that’s you, I’m glad you found this page and I hope this is helpful!

Design snags I had to work out- 

Cake shape.

I started off a touch worried about the shape of the cake. I’d only ever made one half-sphere cake, and sculpted it from 3 8” cake layers – the shape wasn’t what I’d wanted, and I wasted a ton of cake in the process. At the same time, I dislike large cake pans because the edges often get dry before the center is baked through. I knew a half-sphere cake pan was an option, but didn’t really know how to use one. (Hint - flower nail in the pan base, and don't over-fill it!) 

Frosting color.

My other worry was the frosting. Buttercream with some added cream cheese is my go-to frosting, and while it’s delicious it’s really not a bright white that would match a golf ball. This was my first go at buttercream with shortening added, and I added some frosting whitener that worked really well. (I did learn though: don’t try to turn whitened frosting deep green. Doesn’t work!)

Baking method. 

I did a ‘tester’ cake about a week ahead of time. Definitely had one big cake-fail my first go at the half sphere. I over-filled the pan - filling it almost to the rim - and batter overflowed during the baking process. Smh. HUGE mess. (Hint: keep the batter level a good centimeter below the edge of the pan!)

Result -

I was SO glad I did the tester, because I was happy with how the real thing came out! Picture above, and the video’s at the end of the recipe card - 

If you’re looking to make a golf ball cake, tips are above and the recipe’s below – happy baking! If you try out the recipe let me know what you think! 


"Your recipe calls for cake mixes? Seriously?" 

  • Okay, all my scratch recipe purists - hear me out on this one! 😉 I'm ALL about those scratch recipes because nothing beats them for taste. One catch though - favorite scratch recipes are delicious, but they bake too dense to be easily smash-able by little hands. After making many smash cakes over several years, I've found cake mixes to work the best. Kiddos need to be able to smash their smash cakes! 😉

    If you'd like a scratch recipe though, a half batch of my favorite Vanilla Cake layer recipe is a perfect size for smash cakes! 🙂

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Golf Ball Smash Cake

Looking to make a Golf ball cake? Here's a recipe and all the tips and tricks I learned making this cute golf smash cake! Happy baking!
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Decorating time1 hour
Total Time2 hours 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Golf Ball Smash Cake, Golf birthday cake, Golf smash cake, Hole in One smash cake
Servings: 1 6-inch smash cake
Calories: 516kcal




  • 1 box cake mix (Flavor's up to you; I used strawberry mix + ½ cup mashed strawberries)
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (room temperature, or use 1 cup milk mixed with with 2 tsp lemon juice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract




  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177℃). Prepare a 6-inch half sphere pans with baker's floured cooking spray (or grease and flour pan well). Place flower nail in the base of cake pan.
  • Combine melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix until combined. Add in cake mix and stir until moistened (about 30 seconds), then beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan (I didn't use all of the batter; an overfilled sphere pan will overflow and make a mess in your oven). Batter level should be about a centimeter (not quite half an inch) below the cake pan rim. (Might not hurt to place a baking sheet in the oven below the pan just in case.)
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, (or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean). Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing cake from pan.
  • Cool to room temperature before decorating. (Place in the fridge to accelerate the cooling process if desired.) While you’re waiting…make your frosting!


  • Beat together butter and shortening; beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until well combined.
  • (If using frosting whitener, remove ½ cup of frosting into another bowl - color this deep green for the 'grass' frosting border. Add whitener to remaining frosting.) If not using whitener, remove ½ cup of frosting and color it green whenever you like :)
  • Add milk if needed until frosting reaches an easily spreadable consistency.

Assembly & Decorating

  • (If desired, use a cake leveler or large serrated knife to slice cake into 2 layers to fill with frosting).
  • Place a smear of frosting on a plate or cake circle (to keep the cake from sliding while you decorate it) and center cake in the center of the circle. Spread a thin coat (crumb coat) of frosting around the outside of the cake and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • .Once your crumb coat has set, add another thicker layer of frosting to the outside of the cake and smooth. I used a small offset spatula and credit-card-sized piece of acetate for this part. Set cake in the fridge for about 10 minutes to semi-set the frosting.
  • (This will be the most time-consuming step-) Make the golf ball indents! Gently press the back of a rounded measuring spoon into the frosting and rotate it out to form an indent in the frosting. I found it helpful to very lightly grease the back of the spoon with a bit of cooking spray every 5-6 indents.
  • Transfer green frosting to a piping bag fitted with a grass tip, and pipe a rim of grass around the cake base. High-five yourself on your awesome cake - and enjoy!



(Please note nutrition information is an estimate and may not be exactly accurate.) 


Serving: 1cake | Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 24g

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