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Easy but impressive cakes to make at home can be hard to find.
Particularly when said cake recipe involves football themed cakes. But we think we've found the perfect recipe for how to make a cake that is perfectly round and decorated just like a football.
The bake itself is easy to follow while the decorating is slightly more fiddly. But it tastes delicious and sure beats buying a sweet treat from the supermarket. If you want something easier why not try cupcakes or even a fail-proof classic.
So next time your child comes to you with the idea of a football cake for birthday celebrations, don't panic. Follow this simple cake recipe or check out the suggestions at the end for other football cake ideas. Happy baking!
For the cake: 340g margarine, six eggs, one teaspoon vanilla essence, 340g caster sugar, 340g self-raising flour
For the crumb coat: 125g butter, 50g cocoa powder, 200g icing sugar
Plus: extra margarine for greasing, extra flour for dusting, two tablespoons of jam for the filling and ready to roll icing in white and black
Equipment: Two 16cm hemisphere cake tin
1) Start by pre-heating the oven to 160C/320F.
2) Grease and lightly flour your two sphere cake tin shapes. You can also line with baking paper if you want.
3) Next, to make your cake mix blend together the butter and sugar so it's light and fluffy. Add in four of the eggs along with half of the flour and beat together. Then add the remaining flour and two eggs along with the vanilla essence and stir well.
4) Split the mixture between the two dome cake tin trays and bake for 50-55 minutes. To ensure they're cooked fully insert a skewer or cake tester and check it comes out clean. Set to one side to cool.
5) Whip up a batch of buttercream icing by blending together the butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar.
6) Spread the flat edge of one of your cakes with the jam and a little of the buttercream icing. Stick the two halves of the football cake together and place on a cake board. You may like to cut off the bottom of one of the football cakes so that it stands flat.
7) To decorate the cake you now need to cover the cake with the rest of the buttercream, starting from the top and working down.
8) Roll out the white icing so it's a little larger than a dinner plate. Now place it carefully over the top of the cake. Gently smooth the icing down working from the top so you get a smooth finish. Trim away any excess.
9) To get perfect pentagons and hexagons for your football cake, start by making paper templates for each. Roll out your black icing and cut out 11 pentagons.
10) To assemble place your first black icing pentagon on the very top of the cake. Use a little water on the back of the icing to help it stick. Now use the hexagon paper template directly underneath this to work out where to stick the next icing pentagon. Keep working like this until you have two rings of five pentagons plus the one on the top.
Tips And Recommendations:
1) You can also make a chocolate cake mix – just add 300g each of golden caster sugar, butter and self-raising flour with six eggs, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, one teaspoon of baking powder, two tablespoons of milk and one teaspoon vanilla essence.
2) If you can't find ready-rolled black icing, then use white, and food colouring to make it black. Just be sparing with the black food colouring, adding a little at a time.
3) To replicate the look of stitching when you make a football cake, use the end of a fork pressed into the edges of your pentagon shape.
4) Why not cover your cake board in green icing to look like a football pitch? If you're making a football birthday cake for a birthday party you can make an extra large square cake covered in green buttercream so there's plenty to serve to party guests.
5) The step-by-step above is the easiest way to make your pattern. But if you're feeling more ambitious you can cut out black pentagons and white hexagons and stick them over your crumb coat so they're all level.
6) If you need to produce a cake that is suitable for everyone then switch your flour for a gluten-free variety and the butter and margarine for vegan-friendly versions.
Football Shirt Bake: Bake a cake in a large flat cake pan and once it's cooled cut into the shape of a t-shirt. Cover in fondant icing in team colours and use icing pen's on top to write the name of the birthday girl or boy and their age.
Football Pitch Cake: Bake the cake as above but no need to cut it into shape this time. Instead, use green fondant icing on top and finish with white icing pens and liquorice sticks to mark out the pitch and goals.
Good To Know:
- Kids as young as two can enjoy helping you stir the cake mix, but you may like to reserve the icing for older children of around eight and up. It can be tricky cutting out the shapes neatly and positioning them correctly.
- You can make this cake in advance; it will keep for up to five days. It does need to be kept in an air-tight container which means you may need to invest in a new cake tin to suit this football-themed cake.
- If there's any cake left you can freeze it for a later date. Wrap it in two layers of cling film and a layer of foil and then place in the freezer. If you want to freeze a buttercream-covered cake base you'll need to freeze it uncovered initially for an hour to set the icing, before wrapping it as above. The cake will last for up to two months.
Cora Lydon is a freelance journalist living in Suffolk with her husband and two children. She’s also a children’s book author who loves finding activities and place to inspire her children. Her dining table bears the scars of many craft activities attempts (many unsuccessful).