Football Chocolate Birthday Cake

Time is flying.
My first son lost his first two milk teeth recently, and celebrated his 7th birthday the other day. I cannot believe my wee man is 7 years old, (or rather strangely, I really cannot get my head around to the fact that he gonna be 8 next year. 8 years sounds like a really big boy.)

He usually takes a birthday cake to school to celebrate with his classmate on his birthday. This is the cake I made for him this year.

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Since he moved to new school last year, he is into anything sporty, especially football. I think the football coach coming to the school every Friday made such a impression on him. He loves watching ‘Match of the day’ (BBC’s football programme, usually on Sat evening, but repeated next day 7:30am!) on Sunday morning. He’d wake us up very early just to make sure he doesn’t miss it.

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He loved those little plastic footballers, and played with them for ages.

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He doesn’t have much of sweet tooth, but he loves chocolate. So it has to be a chocolate cake  for him. And he loved it!
I am always looking for a good chocolate sponge recipe for this type of birthday cake, but this one was quite close to what I am looking for. Light, moist enough but not soggy. Easy to cut and handle. Very quick and easy as well.

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Chocolate cake was made with recipe of Nigella Lawson’s  Old fashioned chocolate cake. I multiply 1.5 times, and baked in large rectangular oven tray. cut in half to make two layer.

Chocolate butter icing in middle and cover. (which I made up)
Green fondant icing on top.
Royal icing goal and line. Football is made with fondant icing.
Plastic football figures are bought from a cake decoration shop.

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I received a hand made birthday card from school with a picture of my son blowing candles with his classmates. He looked so happy, and the card will be my treasure.

(Oct 2014)

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