Football shaped cakes can be baked for many occasions, from a birthday party to a football celebration and even a stag do. You don't need special tins or recipes to make football shaped cakes, and it doesn't take a professional cake decorator to get professional results.
Mix the cake according to the directions and bake it in the round tin. Make sure you grease the pan so the cake comes out easily. Let it stand for 30 to 45 minutes or until it's completely cooled.
Take the cake out of the pan. You can use a knife to cut around the edges to loosen it. Cut a 5 cm (2 inch) strip from the middle of the cake and remove it. Put the remaining halves of the cake together to form a football. With a knife, you can bevel the top edges of the cake to give it dimension.
Ice the cake with chocolate icing. Let it stand for 30 minutes. If you want to add texture, use a clean towel and gently press it on to the cake.
Fill the pastry bag with the white icing. Using the No. 3 tip, draw the traditional hexagon panel design on the football. You can use a basket weave tip to add stripes to each end of the football.
Place the coconut in a bowl and add a couple of drops of green food colouring. Mix it until you have the right colour for grass. Arrange the grass around the bottom of the cake.
Put a little chocolate icing between the halves of the cake to help it stick together.
You can use decorative icing in tubes from the shop to decorate the football.
Icing a cake is made even easier by placing the cake in the freezer for three or more hours.
Make sure the coconut is dry before putting it around the cake.