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World Cup Cake Off


In 2006, we were very lucky to get tickets to go to some of the World Cup matches in Germany – I’m not a huge football fan, but I must admit that going to matches is far more exciting than watching it on TV! As the 2010 games were in South Africa (and going there was never going to be a possibility) I decided to make a World Cup cake instead – here it is:




Apologies for the stuff in the background – this photo is from my pre-blogging days! Anyway, this year Tom asked if I would make another one. The conversation went a bit like this:


Tom: “Are you making a World Cup cake this year?”
Me: “Yeah, ok!”
Tom: ” How are you going to decorate it?”
Me: “A bit like the last one.”
Tom: “Can we put a flag on it?”
Me: “No.”
Tom: “I want to make one with a flag on.”
Me: “Ok – I’ll make one and you make a flag one!”
Tom: “Let’s do it! A World Cup Cake Off!”


I’m actually not that competitive, but had to admit that it sounded like fun! So I agreed, and this weekend we constructed our cakes. I have to admit that I’ve eaten a little too much ready to roll icing this weekend…so will be on mainly savoury food this week haha!


I can’t give too much away about the flavour of the cakes (apparently it’s up to our work colleagues to decide which is the best) but here are a few photos from the making process. We made our cakes in a brownie pan, because it’s a perfect pitch shape (although we did have to cut them a bit to be able to get them into the boxes that we’re taking them to work in). We’ve placed the cakes on the lids for easy decorating and transportation!


Once you have stacked your cakes, cover them with green ready to roll icing, and then use some white water icing in a piping bag to mark out the pitch.




You might find that you can’t get all the lines on, but that’s ok. It seems that these teams are only playing 2-a-side too, because they are quite big and don’t all fit on the cake!




If you have any spare icing, you could make bunting too!




The flag cake is made from one layer on the bottom (covered in green icing) and then the diamond and circle are cut out from the other layer. The pitch is marked out first:




Then the layers can be stacked:




Then the finishing touches are added:




Ta-dah! 🙂 So we’ll be taking these to work tomorrow on the bus – fingers crossed they make it in one piece! Hopefully it will make people feel better now that England are out…I’m cheering on Ivory Coast as they’re my team in the sweepstake!




We’d love to hear what you think of our cakes – feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂

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  1. sophiebowns on June 22, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Fab idea!

  2. Ema Jones on June 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Check out my world cup recipes.
    Pasta and basil clam sauce

  3. fallfromgrace349 on June 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    that is such an awesome make! I will be showing this to my football loving stepson when he gets in from school 🙂

    • Clare on July 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you so much! It was really fun to make! 🙂

  4. Andrea on June 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    They both look great! Football is a great boys birthday cake theme. I did one once and made a stand out of chocolate fingers with tiny mini marshmallows as the crowd. Fun!

    • Clare on July 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Wow, I bet your football stand looked amazing! Maybe I should try that for 2018! 🙂

      • Andrea on July 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm

        I admit I as quite chuffed! It could be your secret weapon for next time.

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