Football Game Birthday Cake

Julie's Family Kitchen Football Game Birthday Cake

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.

Julie's Family Kitchen Football Game Birthday Cake

Football Game Birthday Cake

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: moderate
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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.

Julie's Family Kitchen Football Game Birthday Cake

Julie's Family Kitchen Football Game Birthday Cake

Until next time, happy baking.


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23 thoughts on “Football Game Birthday Cake

  1. Jo Blogs says:

    Oh my, I absolutely love this! Aw your poor little boy, I imagine it is a bit scary if you’ve never seen the birthday cake-candle scenario before. Years ago, I made Hungry Hubby a football pitch cake for his birthday and looking back, I’m ashamed at how crap it was lol. This is stunning, I may have to follow your directions and try again for his next birthday πŸ˜‰

    • Julie McPherson says:

      Thank you Jo, he was a bit confused I don’t think he realised it was actually a cake. However, he has since loved playing with the cake decorations! I’m sure your cake for your hubby was pretty special and tasted wonderful. x

  2. Honest Mum says:

    Oh my goodness Julie this cake is amazing, it’s so accomplished, you need to start a business. Sorry your son cried when the lights went out, both kids did the same at 2 and 3-think it’s all a bit overwhelming for them. We stopped turning the lights out now, much love and thanks for linking up x

  3. Linda Beck says:

    I am going to make this today for my grandsons birthday tomorrow. He wants chocolate πŸ™‚ I was going to bake it all in 1 and then cut it in half! I hope it works. Wish me luck πŸ™‚

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