Football Fanatic 3D Sponge Cake

Euro 2016 Football Cake
9th June 2016

Up your game during Euro 2016 and test your baking skills with this striking spherical football cake.  Ideal for showing off to your fellow footie fans!

3D Football Cake Recipe

You will need:- x2 16cm Hemisphere cake tins, x1 mixing bowl, sieve, electric whisk, grass effect cake board, rolling pin, and a 350mm paper template of a pentagon for the decoration.


For the Cake

  • 350g Salted butter or margarine, plus extra to grease
  • 350g Golden caster sugar
  • 6 Medium Free Range eggs
  • 340g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Decoration

  • 2 tbsp Jam of your choice plus spare.
  • 125g Butter at room temperature
  • 250g icing sugar
  • Drop of vanilla extract
  • 500g Ready-to-roll white icing
  • 250g Ready-to-roll black icing


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/320° and lightly grease the cake tins.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  3. Gradually beat in the eggs and vanilla extract followed by the flour.
  4. Transfer to the cake tins and bake for 50mins until golden and the sponge springs back when touched and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins.
  5. Whilst the cakes cool make the buttercream.  Beat together the butter, sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and lump free. Add a dash of milk if the mixture is slightly too stiff.  Take care not to over beat the mixture.
  6. Once the cakes have cooled, spread an even layer of jam and thin layer of buttercream over the flat side of both cakes. Squeeze the cakes together to bind and to form a sphere. Place onto the grass cake board to decorate.
  7. Use the remaining buttercream to cover the cake evenly.  Roll out the white icing to approx 0.5cm thick and to the size of a dinner plate.  Place onto the cake and smooth down to remove any air pockets. Trim any excess icing.
  8. Once covered, rollout the black icing to a similar thickness. Using the paper template cut out 11 pentagons.  Spread a thin layer of jam onto each pentagon and gently press down onto the cake. Start the pattern with a pentagon on the top, followed by a ring of 5 shapes. Repeat until the cake is covered.