Quick & Easy

Fields of play

This versatile recipe can be used to make any number of sporting fields, from a soccer cake to rugby to Aussie rules.
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From the Test Kitchen … a Matilda’s themed soccer field cake made during the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Mix, match and celebrate your favourite footy code

Whether you’re all about Aussie rules, rugby or cheering for the Matildas in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, our field cake has got you covered!

For that luscious World Cup soccer field turf, use desiccated coconut tinted with green food gel – just zip it, shake it and voila! Craft goals with pipe cleaners and the net from a bag of lemons. Don’t miss our MVP tip: a Kool Mint coloured with an edible marker for the ball.

If AFL is more your jam, shape the cake into an oval and decorate it with goal posts made from bamboo skewers coloured with food gel or edible marker. Use a scored Clinker as the ball.

Rucking for rugby? Use skewer goal posts and a chocolate-coated almond as the ball.



1.Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease deep 26cm x 36cm (10.-inch x 14.-inch) baking dish; line base and sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm (2 inches) above sides.
2.Make cakes according to directions on packets. Spread mixture into dish; bake about 1 hour. Stand cake in dish 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
3.To make butter cream, beat the butter (and any flavouring, if using) in a small narrow bowl with an electric mixer until the butter is as white as possible (this will result in a whiter butter cream which will give you better results if colouring it). Gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar then the milk, then the remaining icing sugar. Beat until the butter cream is smooth and spreadable. Keep scraping down the side of the bowl during beating.
4.Level cake top; secure cake, cut-side down, on cake board, with a little butter cream. Tint butter cream green; spread all over cake.
5.Combine sugar and green colouring in small plastic bag; rub together until sugar is evenly coloured. Sprinkle top of cake with green sugar.
6.To decorate the rugby league field: using white decorating gel, pipe on field markings, using outlines as a guide. Pipe black decorating gel around lollipop sticks for corner posts. Wrap thin strips of red fruit Roll-Ups around lollipop sticks for goal posts.
7.Decorate with toy balls, equipment and goal posts, as desired.

EQUIPMENT: deep 26cm x 36cm (10.-inch x 14.-inch) baking dish; 35cm x 45cm (14-inch x 18-inch) rectangular cake board.

This recipe was originally published online in 2010 and updated with the Matilda’s variation in 2023.


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