My third grader LOVES baseball. Any opportunity I have to make some baseball treats, I make them. For his 8th birthday this past summer, he wanted a baseball themed birthday party and I was happy to oblige!
This backyard birthday might have been the easiest one yet. Absolutely zero planning was involved. We spend the summers at my parents’ house where I grew up in Massachusetts, and my kids are lucky enough to now spend their summers with the children of my childhood friends. It’s a pretty special experience for all of us.
For this party, we hollered in two different directions down the beach, grabbed a couple of kids off the basketball court, and headed to our house. Baseball in the backyard, a baseball cake, and cracker jacks as a treat to take home when it all was done. Easy peasy.
Even if it’s not your child’s birthday – say, maybe you are just wanting to celebrate the Red Sox making it to the World Series, for example – this is a great opportunity to get creative with some easy desserts. And don’t forget the peanuts and Cracker Jack.
Baseball Rice Krispie Treats
If you don’t quite need a baseball cake, but you want a sweet treat to celebrate the baseball season, make these easy baseball rice krispie treats.
One of my favorite end of season treats is to make rice krispie treats, following the normal rice krispie treat directions, but press them a little bit thinner than usual. I like to use a cookie sheet to press out my rice krispie treats, cut them out into circles using a biscuit cutter or a plastic kids cup from Ikea (perfect size!), and then use a simple red writing gel to add some fun stitching to make the rice krispie treats look like little baseballs. Such an easy baseball treat! These were a big hit at our end of the season party in the spring.
Baseball Birthday Cake
If you want to up your baseball treat game a little, make a baseball birthday cake. It’s easy, I promise.
For this super simple baseball cake, I made Rory his favorite cake – chocolate, of course – and frosted it with a white vanilla buttercream frosting. To make sure that the chocolate crumbs did not come through the pretty white frosting, I did a crumb coat first. A crumb coat is when you rough frost the cake with a thin layer of your frosting, smooth it out – crumbs and all – and then pop it into your fridge to set. It doesn’t need much time – 15 to 20 minutes works great.
After your crumb coat is set, now it’s time to put on the pretty layer of frosting.
To make a baseball cake, I added red food dye to about 1 cup of buttercream frosting and filled a piping bag with a simple tip. Nothing fancy.
I made cute little red dots around the base of the cake and then created the two lines of red frosting to represent the stitching. Using a fork, I lightly pressed into the two red lines of baseball stitching to make it actually look like stitching and not just two lines of red toothpaste.
This cake was so simple to make but it was a HUGE hit with the boys!
I am such a fan of easy themed parties and get-togethers. Find your favorite Red Sox fans and gather around some rice krispie baseball treats or this pretty little baseball cake! Go Sox!