After Neil’s gift wrapped cake, the next 30th birthday I had to bake for was my brother Jim’s. Well, I didn’t actually have to bake this time, my sister Ruth provided the cake, but I was roped in to decorate it appropriately. Since Jim is fan of Wolverhampton Wanderers football club I decided on a footie themed cake. This is a pretty simple option if you don’t want to make a really big pitch with lots of players and what not. It only took an hour or so in total. Here’s how we did it.
Oh and sorry about the photos, I had to mostly rely on my Dad’s drunken party pics from 2am.
1. Ruth baked a rectangular chocolate cake using a bread tin, to make a football pitch shape. I coloured a batch of vanilla buttercream icing (just softened butter, icing sugar and a couple of drops of vanilla essence) with green , cut the cake in two along the middle, added a layer of icing then covered the whole thing and smoothed the icing as much as possible. If you want a totally smooth cake, use rolled out fondant icing.
2. Using some leftover white fondant icing I rolled out some thin lengths and placed them on top of the cake using a picture of a football pitch from Google as a guide. I pushed them into the buttercream slightly so they stayed in place. For the centre circle I used the top of one of my food colouring pots as a mold.
3. Using some leftover fondant pieces from Neil’s cake, and the same video tutorial from YouTube a created a little Jim figure wearing a Wolves shirt – they play in gold and black you see. I cut a Wolves logo out of black and stuck it to the shirt with a bit of water, then stuck half a cocktail stick through the back of the figure to attach the head and keep the whole thing steady.
I made the figurine a couple of days before assembling the cake so it had time to set, then Ruth sat him on the cake to present it to Jim. Doesn’t he look happy?