After last week’s Surprise Leopard Cake, made for my youngest son, I felt it only fair to make something geared more towards my footie-mad 9 year old. He had already set me a challenge of making a football cake (“Not a round, flat one, actually spherical, though, Mum”) which seemed relatively straightforward, so my natural instinct was to make it a bit tougher for myself.
Cue, a smartie-filled football cake…
Sadly, I don’t own a spherical cake pan, so had to improvise with making two cakes using a trusty Pyrex bowl. The cake was my failsafe maderia sponge, which always goes down well. It was then a simple process of scooping out the inside and filling with Smarties before I sandwiched them together with some rather delicious strawberry jam. After covering with buttercream and fondant icing, I added some green butter icing around the bottom to look like grass, and voila!
Madeira Cake Recipe
120g caster sugar
160g self raising flour
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the eggs, one at a time, with a little flour and beat in the vanilla essence.
3. Fold in the remaining flour. If the batter is too stiff, add a tablespoon of milk to make it a softer dropping consistency.
4. Gently spoon into two lined and greased cake pans (or Pyrex bowls) and bake in a preheated oven at 180C (160C fan) for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean and the cake springs back when gently pressed.
5. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack and decorate as you wish.
Number One son was very pleased, and (even though I would have preferred chocolate footballs hidden inside) he loved the Smarties.
The thing I love about this cake is that it is so easily adapted – it could be a rainbow pinata cake, filled with a variety of sweets, or a flower, or even a giant cupcake. The possibilities are endless. With two sons, though, in our house, it simply had to be a football.
I’ve decided to join in with the Team Honk Sport Relief Great Bloggers Bake Off, hosted by Mummy Mishaps, in which baking bloggers from all over the country are publishing their best/worst/funniest Sprot Relief themed showstopper baking efforts in a bid to raise money for Sport Relief. Make sure you pay them a visit, and join in if you like – all it takes is a £2 donation, some baking and a sense of fun, and there could even be a prize in it for you!