Snooker table novelty cake

My friend Rob is mad about snooker, so I thought I’d try making a novelty cake for his 22nd birthday. I decided to make a snooker table from a small loaf pan – Please be gentle, this is my first attempt at a novelty cake!! 🙂

I think it turned out pretty good for a first try. The balls and cues were made from marzipan and the icing was chocolate, unfortunately, the cake cracked during transit. 🙁 I’ve since learnt that this is due to the curve in the plate and I’ll make sure to decorate on a flat surface in future.

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I used a Victoria sponge recipe for the cake itself.

You will need

  • 110g butter or margarine
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 110g self raising flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Strawberry jam
  • Chocolate icing
  • Marzipan
  • White rolling icing (to cover the cake)
  • Jam
  • Food coloring

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Use a hand mixer to cream the butter and the sugar together until pale
  3. Beat in the eggs.
  4. Sift over the flour and fold in using a large metal spoon. The mixture should drop off the spoon.
  5. Lightly grease both cake tins and divide the mixture between them. Gently spread out with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 20-25mins or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  7. Allow to stand for 5 mins before turning on to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Once cool, sandwich both halves together using the strawberry jam. You could also use lemon curd, whipped cream etc.
  9. Roll out the icing and lay over the cake, affixed with jam.
  10. Decorate with the chocolate icing and use the marzipan for the decorations (you will need to use the food colouring for the balls).

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