Spartans Birthday Cake

I made this Spartans birthday cake for my son's 10th birthday. Football was his number 1 interest at that age and so naturally, when I asked him what cake he wanted for his birthday, the request was off course a football themed one!

Spartans Birthday Cake

To be specific, he wanted a cake with a design that is centred around his team, the Spartans. My boy used to play in a local community youth football and his team name was The Spartans. I still remember how he used to look forward for his football sessions every weekend and how he used to practice tirelessly at home every evening.

The cake I made for him was a single tier cake. We had a small family gathering at home to celebrate his birthday and so a single tier cake was sufficient. And because I also had to prepare other goodies for the party, I told him that I will keep the deco on the cake simple to which he happily agreed, so long as the theme is there. 

So I choose to decorate the cake with simple piped designs in buttercream. Off course the Spartans logo was cut out of fondant and I chose to use fondant for the logo as it was the most time efficient way to get the logo on the cake other than using an edible image which I was not very keen on.

Spartans Birthday Cake Decorating Guide

These were the main supplies I used to decorate this Spartans birthday cake:

  • Cake - This was an 8 inch square cake measuring approximately 4 inches high. I used my butter pound cake recipe for the cake. 
  • Gum paste - I also used gum paste in this project albeit very little, for the lettering on the cake.
  • Needle tool - This was used to mark the diagonal lines on the cake before piping out the buttercream zigzags.
  • Shortening - this was the glue for this project and I used it to stick the different parts of the Spartans logo together.
  • Ruler - I used a normal ruler to guide me in marking the diagonal lines on the cake for buttercream piping.
  • Spartans logo template - I made this myself, based on the logo of my son's football team.

And this was how I put the cake together:

I started by getting the Spartans logo template ready. To make the logo, took a photo of my son's football team logo and enlarged it on the computer to the size I wanted it on the cake (click here to learn how to resize images for cake decorating).

Once I had the image ready, I traced it onto a parchment paper and it was ready to be used as a template for cutting out my fondant. 

Next was the cake itself. Once baked and completely cooled, I leveled and filled it with buttercream and then crumb coated it, also with buttercream. 

And then I mixed my icing colors and put them aside together with my piping bag and piping tip. 

To start with, I used a ruler and my needle tool and marked the diagonal lines on the cake. 

And then I went on to the logo. I rolled some light blue fondant and used my paper template to trace out the shield outline of the logo, including the banner at the lower end of the logo which carried the name Spartans. These were cut as separate pieces.  And then I rolled some brown fondant (white fondant mixed with chocolate fondant) and black fondant and cut out the Spartan image using my sugar craft knife. 

I carefully lifted all the pieces and placed them on the cake, starting with the shield shape. Before putting on the rest, I used my fondant extruder tool to pipe out thin rolls of white and black fondant and placed them around the shield as a border. Next, I added the banner and then the Spartan image. I also added a thin black border around the banner piece. Before attaching the banner and the Spartan image, I brushed a little shortening on the shield. 

Next, using my star plunger cutter, I cut out 4 stars (in two different sizes) and added them to the logo. And with that, the logo work was complete. 

Next was the buttercream piping. Using the lines I marked earlier as a guide, I used my star piping tip to pipe out closed zigzag patterns in orange, row by row on the top of the cake. For the sides, using similar piping pattern, I alternated the orange color with white and black. And I finished off the piping with a black rope border all around the cake. The border was also piped using the same #18 star piping tip. 

Spartans Birthday Cake

Once piping work was done, I went on to finish the cake decoration by adding the banner on the cake board that carried the birthday message. This was cut out in white fondant. For the side frills, I used light orange fondant (orange fondant mixed with white fondant), cut out 2 rectangle pieces and used my sugar craft knife to make close-by incisions on one end of each piece to make them look like frills. I attached these to the ends of the banner. 

And then I used my FMM alphabet cutter to cut out the letters using gum paste. I used white gum paste and then painted the letters in gold edible paint. Once the paint has dried, I attached the letters, both on the banner on the cake board as well as on the Spartans logo with shortening.

And finally, I added 2 fondant stars that were cut using the same orange fondant I used for the frills on the birthday message banner. 

Spartans Birthday Cake

With that, the Spartans birthday cake was complete. If you have any comments or queries, leave them below and I will revert as soon as I can.

Happy Decorating :)

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