As well as The Great British Bake Off, the Euro Championship Games was a popular conversation topic, so we combined the two and had a football inspired bake off. Same rules as last time applied and the theme was either a delicacy from one of the countries taking part in the games or just a football themed bake.
Again, my aim was creativity. I consulted Google and YouTube and rushed out to Lakeland to buy a medium hemisphere mould and some white and black ready roll icing. You can probably guess what I was attempting to make and in fact the recipe I used was from Lakeland too. I should probably tell you though that I was originally trying to make a whole football, but having not done this before and with limited ready roll icing skills, I had to cut the cake in half.
Finally though, and with the help of my brother for cutting out some pentagon and hexagon shapes for the iconic football pattern, my bake was ready to be entered. A tricky walk from the car to the office holding my laptop bag, an umbrella, my work pass and my cake, meant I almost dropped it prior to the competition. Fortunately luck was on my side and I somehow made it into the office and…won best looking bake! Another certificate to add to my collection. Just best tasting to win…
If any of you need a football cake then please find the recipe below and if you manage to create a whole ball, please share your ready roll icing tips.
For the cake:
170g unsalted butter
170g caster sugar
170g self-raising flour
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
For the buttercream icing (Mary Berry recipe which I have halved as the full amount meant I had a lot left over)
63g unsalted butter
200g icing sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
For the decoration:
White ready roll icing
Black ready roll icing
Pentagon and hexagon templates
Preheat the oven to 160°c and grease and flour 1 medium hemisphere cake pan.
Using an electric whisk, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Then add in the eggs, ½ tsp vanilla essence and self-raising flour and mix in well.
Pour the mixture into the medium hemisphere cake pan and bake in the oven for 50 – 55 minutes.
Allow the cake to cool completely before attempting to remove the cake from the pan.
For the buttercream icing, mix together the butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla essence and then spread over the cake.
To decorate the cake, roll out the white icing and lay it over the top of the cake, smoothing from the top downwards and then trim off any excess.
Then create a paper template of a pentagon and hexagon to help with the football pattern.
Roll out the black icing and using your pentagon template, cut out at least 5 shapes.
Place one pentagon at the top of your cake in the centre and using the hexagon template, place this against the edge of your pentagon and stick another pentagon underneath this. Repeat this step until the pattern is finished on the football.
You may need to wet the back of the pentagon shapes with water to get them to stick to the white icing.
To get the stitching effect, use a fork and gently poke the icing.