I got Wilton's ball cake pan and followed the directions using a regular cake mix from the store. I like to make my own frosting, but I was low on time so I just bought store frosting. The great thing about this cake pan is that it comes with directions on how to make many different sport balls - soccer, bowling, basketball, etc. so it's pretty versatile. I have a football pan that I do the same thing during football season!
It didn't take long to decorate using decorating tips. I bought this set a long time ago and used the #18 tip for the baseball. I used red decorating gel with one of the small tips for the red piping.
The baseball was classic yellow cake, and I made the cupcakes chocolate to give the kids a little choice. It was a big hit, and everyone loved it! Someone even asked where I bought the cake, and so I felt it was successful!