Recipe

Cricket pitch birthday cake

This classic cricket pitch birthday cake comes from the pages of our beloved Children's Birthday Cake Book and is the perfect cake for any cricket fan's birthday!

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 12
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You can find this recipe and other amazing birthday cake ideas in our Children's Birthday Cake Book

Ingredients

  • 1 packet butter cake mix
  • 1 quantity store-bought Vienna cream
  • green food colouring
  • 2 x 150g packets chocolate finger biscuits
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 jaffa
  • 1 royal icing (see tips)
  • bamboo skewers (for decorating)
  • wooden ice block stick (for decorating)

Method

  • 1
    Make cake according to directions on packet, spoon into greased deep 20cm (8in) round cake tin, bake in moderate oven 50 minutes or until cooked when tested. Turn on to wire rack to cool.
  • 2
    Trim 1cm (½in) off top of cake to make the cake lower than the chocolate biscuit sticks so that they will stand up around it like a fence. Flip the cake over so the cut side is facing down.
  • 3
    Combine 2 tablespoons of the Vienna Cream with 1 tablespoon sifted cocoa, mix well. Mark a rectangle in the centre of the cake 4cm x 9cm (1½in x 3½in), spread chocolate cream
    evenly inside rectangle. Tint remaining Vienna Cream with green food colouring, spread evenly over remaining cake. Arrange chocolate sticks around edge, cover top with green-tinted coconut (be careful not to get coconut over chocolate cream).
  • 4
    Cut bamboo skewers into six 5cm (2in) lengths and arrange three sticks side by side at each end of pitch to
    represent stumps. Cut two pieces of bamboo skewers to fit across top of stumps.
  • 5
    Trim wooden ice-block stick with scissors to bat shape. For handle of bat, position small wooden stick on
    back of bat with Vienna Cream. Using a small round red sweet for a cricket ball; pipe small stripes with royal icing around sweet to represent the stitches. Balance bat against the stumps and place ball on pitch to serve.

Notes

Store bought royal icing is fine, or you can use our royal icing recipe to make some at home, if you prefer.

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