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Beginner’s Bowling Cake

A simple moist sponge for beginners with a bowling theme fondant top! It was my son’s birthday cake.

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Baking ingredients

  • 24 oz Self raising flour
  • 24 oz Caster sugar
  • 24 oz Butter
  • 8 Eggs
  • 6 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla essence

Decorating ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 kg White ready to roll fondant icing
  • 15 g Chocolate Flavour Ready to Roll Fondant Icing View Product
  • 50 g Carnation Red Flower and Modelling Paste


Step 1

Grease two 12" rectangular cake tins and pre-heat oven at 180. Grab a helper if you have one. Cream butter and sugar together then add all the other ingredients and whisk for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture evenly into the two tins pushing the mixture to the edges and leaving a slight dip in the centre to ensure an even rise. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

Step 2

While the cakes are cooking prepare the decorations. Use the red fondant to make a bowling ball and push 3 small holes in. Use the white fondant to make 10 bowling pins and cut a small red stripe to wrap around each one and the leftover to create a banner for any message you choose ( I chose Happy Birthday for my son!) Use the brown to roll a sausage shape for the edge of the lane.

Step 3

Remove cakes from the oven and leave them to cool, when cakes are almost cool mix up some butter icing and cover the cake in a layer. Now roll out the white fondant and lay it gently over the entire cake, smooth out and cut to size.

Step 4

Place the decorations on top where you like them and use a knife to create lines down the bowling lane. I placed some ribbon round the sides, it looked nice and covered one bit in particular where the white fondant had ripped a little beyond repair! Candle, sing song and enjoy!