Plus, since our kitchen and decorating area are totally open, it is also the kind of cake we like customers to see us decorating.
We did this one for a groom's cake on the Saturday of the Kentuck Festival. It is all chocolate cake, except for the bottom third of the basketball, which is made from rice crispy treats (they provide better structural support than cake).
All of the cakes are covered in buttercream icing, with fondant accents for the basketball seams, white trim and laces on the shoes. The green buttercream "grass" hides the cake boards.