Soccer Field Birthday Cake
Easy and colourful soccer-field birthday cake. Perfect birthday cake for a soccer player!
Need to make a birthday cake? Why not try this simple cake recipe.
A simple butter cake recipe is used to make this cake. Butter cake is quite a dense style of cake and is perfect for afternoon tea or when you have guests over. It also makes a great base for a birthday cake.
I have a younger brother who just had his birthday, I didn't know what kind of cake to make for a boy...
He loves soccer, so I decided to make a soccer field which was not too hard.
I am one of those people who are not very good icing but this cake is easy to make.
Some cakes look easy but are hard to make but this one looks easy and is easy to make as well.
Which type of cake do you prefer?
Butter cake recipe
> 500g butter, room temperature (if taken straight from the fridge cut into pieces and microwave to soften butter)
> 2 cup castor sugar
> 4 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla essence
> 6 eggs
> 4 cups of self-raising flour, sifted
> 1 1/3 cups of milk
Grease a 30cm (measured on the inside) rectangular cake pan and line with baking paper, set aside.
Using a hand mixer, beat the softened butter, sugar and vanilla extract/essence in a mixing bowl. Stop mixing when the mixture is fluffy.
Beat in 2 eggs at a time making sure they are well combined before adding in the other two.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Add a quarter of the flour and a quarter of the milk and fold into the mixture using a wooden spoon or spatula. Repeat this process until you have finished adding in all the flour and milk.
Using a hand mixer, mix in all the ingredients for 30 seconds or until everything is combined. If you are worried about the mixture being too thick, this is how its meant to be so don't worry.
Pour cake mix into prepared cake pan and smooth the top using a spatula or a knife.
Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre of the cake comes out without any mixture on it.
Take cake out and leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Place cake in the fridge for an hour to cool even more. Putting an unfinished cake in the fridge might seem like a bad idea but it really helps when you get to icing the cake.
The cake in the picture looks a bit burnt but it didn't affect the taste at all at the end thanks to the icing!
First layer of icing
Chocolate icing Ingredients~
> 125g Butter or softened butter
> 2 cups soft icing mixture
> 1/2 cup of cocoa
> 1/8 cup milk
If there isn't enough to cover your cake, make another batch.
I spread chocolate icing first all around the cake and on the top as well because its easier to apply icing on top of another layer of icing rather than on the cake - When you apply icing, sometime bits of cake come off.
Using a beater or hand mixer, beat softened butter until its light and fluffy.
Mix in the icing sugar one cup at a time making sure its well combined before adding the next cup.
Beat in the cocoa. Add in the milk slowly until you reach a nice consistency (Should be easy to mix around with a spatula but still a bit thick).
Take cooled cake from the fridge. Apply a generous coating of icing on the cake.Smooth the top and all sides.
Put cake back in the fridge for 30-60 minutes, when you touch the icing it shouldn't come onto your finger.
Second layer of icing
Green coloured icing ingredients~
> 90g butter, softened
> 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
> 1 1/2 cups of soft icing mixture, sifted
> 1 1/2 tbsp milk
> 1 tsp green food colouring
The green coloured icing is just for the top of the cake and not for the sides. There won't be much icing when you make it so use it generously or you can just make another batch.
Take cake out from the fridge and apply green icing on top of the cake only. This will become the grass on the soccer field. Try to smooth out the sides and corners to make it as close as possible to a rectangle.
The green icing would look darker than the one in the picture - Sorry the lighting wasn't that good when I took this picture so the green colour looks very light.
Decorating the cake
When you have finished applying the green icing let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
Using a black 'writing icing' (it is like a pen but with icing in it and you squeeze it to get the icing out), draw a line through the middle when the cake is facing horizontally. Draw the two goals and a circle in the middle of the field (this is where you put the soccer ball in). If that was hard to follow. look at the completed soccer field and draw all the black lines shown.
I was lucky to get a small soccer ball. My brother had an old soccer table game and he was throwing it out so I saved the soccer ball for some reason and I finally managed to find a use for it.
By using a can of store bought chocolate frosting you can cover up the messy sides. I used the frosting for the sides at the bottom of the cake.
I didn't do this but if you want you can make goals out of straws and clear sticky tape.
Then just stick in some candles (anywhere you like) and write happy birthday using the 'writing icing'. Refer to the first image in the introduction!
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These products below really helped out with my cake. So I recommend you buy them (not necessarily from this website) if you are think of baking!
You would need a hand mixer for mixing the cake and the icing because it is so much easier to use one of these rather than doing it with a mixing spoon.
These helped when applying the icing onto the cake. They also helped to smooth the tops of the icing.
Nearly everything I measured was done in one of these. One side has mls measurements while the other side has the amount of cups.