My little boy recently celebrated his third birthday and I baked him his very own football game birthday cake. Ever since his big sister started playing football (she’s now in the school girls team) he too has become something of a football fan. Unfortunately, presenting the cake and singing happy birthday didn’t quite go according to plan. Tears were flowing and my little boy was very distressed, he didn’t like the lights going out when the candles were lit and then he didn’t want the cake to be cut! However, he did enjoy eating the cake and happily chomped his way through his slice.
Football Game Birthday Cake
Ingredients and equipment
2 basic all in one sponge traybake cakes 30 x 23cm (I used Mary Berry’s recipe from her Baking Bible)
1 jar of seedless raspberry jam
Vanilla buttercream (made using 500g icing sugar, 250g unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract beaten together)
750g Renshaw ready to roll lincoln green fondant icing / sugarpaste
100g white fondant icing / sugarpaste
40 x 35cm cake board
PME football / soccer cake topper set (9 pieces)
Football themed ribbon
1. Sandwich the two traybake sponge layers together with vanilla buttercream and jam.
2. Cover the whole cake with a base layer of buttercream and allow to set.
3. Apply a final layer of buttercream all over.
4. Roll out the green fondant icing to a thickness of 5mm so that it is large enough to cover the top and sides of the cake.
5. Carefully lift the green fondant icing and place on top of the cake and smooth down around the sides, ensuring that there are no air bubbles. Trim away any excess icing with a knife.
6. Using the white fondant icing roll out very thin and long sausage shapes, these will form the football pitch lines. Fix into position with by moistening the pitch with a little water, then flatten in place.
7. Decorate the football pitch with the players, referee and goal posts.
8. Finally attach the ribbon around the cake base.
You should be able to find all the ingredients and equipment in a good cake decorating shop or alternatively online.
Until next time, happy baking.