This was a nice change of pace--a cake without a topper scene. It was a white cake with cream cheese frosting--a birthday cake for a young softball player. I used the Wilton ball pan for the softball and put a nine inch round cake underneath it for stability. I baked both cakes, then carved out a section of the nine inch cake to cradle the ball cake. It had to travel a long way, so I didn't want to risk the ball rolling around in the box before the birthday girl got a good look at it. This was my first attempt with the ball pan, and the cake came out perfectly with no trouble at all. I also got to get a new, huge grass piping tip for this cake since the smaller grass tip wouldn't have been the right scale for it.