Soccer Player Cake

Soccer Player Cake
Soccer Player Cake

By changing the color of the players uniform, hair style and skin tone you can easily adapt this player and his uniform to match those of a favorite team and player.

Makes1 decorated cake



Total TimeUnder 3 Hours


  • 7 in (18 cm) square sponge cake
  • 1 quantity buttercream
  • Confectioners’ sugar for rolling out fondant on
  • Water, boiled and cooled, for sticking
  • 2 lb 4 oz (1 kg) green-colored fondant
  • 5 oz (150 g) white fondant
  • 1/2 oz (15 g) black fondant
  • 1 oz (30 g) red fondant
  • 1 oz (30 g) flesh-colored fondant


  1. Cut the cake to shape by first leveling the top of the cake to make it flat. Then stand it on its side and cut a slope into the top edge. This will form the back of the net.

  2. With the cake standing upright, slice the cake horizontally twice into layers, if you wish, and fill it with buttercream. Just be aware that if you do this it will make the cake slightly less secure until it has been covered with fondant and the fondant has had a chance to firm up. So try not to knock it over.

  3. Stand the cake towards the rear of the board and spread buttercream over the sides and top. Place a strip of plastic wrap over the front, top and back of the cake but leave the sides exposed. (This will keep the buttercream in these areas soft and tacky while you cover the sides.)

  4. Knead and roll out 10 ounces (300 g) of green-colored fondant. Cut out a thick strip and stand against the one of the sides of the goal. Cut around the edges and base and remove the excess. Repeat on the other side.

  5. Dab a little water on the exposed edges of the fondant sides. Knead and roll out 1 pound 8 ounces (700 g) of green fondant and cut out a long wide strip the width of the cake and long enough to go over the front, top and back of the cake.

  6. Remove the plastic wrap and lay the green fondant over the cake. Trim and neaten the edges and base.

  7. To make the goal posts, roll 1 ounce (30 g) of white fondant into a long thin string about 7 inches (18 cm) long. Paint a light line of water along the front top edge of the goal then lay and stick the white string on top of it. Trim the edges to fit in line with the edge of the cake.

  8. Paint a line of water along the outside edges of the goal. Make two 11/2-ounce (45 g) white fondant strings about 15 inches (38 cm) long. Stick one up the front left hand side of the cake, over the top and down to the base at the back. Repeat on the other side of the cake and trim and neaten the base.

  9. Make two 1/8-ounce (5 g) black fondant oval shapes for the player’s boots. Place one to one side and stick the other off center on the board against the cake.

  10. Roll 1/3 ounce (10 g) of red fondant into an oval about 2 inches (4.5 cm) long for the socks. Cut in half. Place one to one side and stick the other on top of the boot against the side of the cake at a slight angle.

  11. Roll 1/3 ounce (10 g) of flesh-colored fondant into a thin string about 5 inches (12 cm) long for his legs. Cut in half and bend both legs into a sort of boomerang shape. Stick one leg on top of the sock against the cake with the knee pointing forwards. Stick the second leg against the top of the first one with the knee pointing upwards. Stick the second sock and boot in position against the cake.

  12. Thinly roll out about 1/3 ounce (10 g) of white fondant for the shorts. Cut out two rectangles about 1/2 x 1 inch (1.5 x 2.5 cm). Stick one rectangle horizontally on top of the outstretched leg. Stick the second vertically on top of the player’s standing leg. 

  13. Roll 1/8 ounce (5 g) of red fondant into an oval for the player’s body and flatten it. Stick it on top of the shorts against the cake.

  14. Roll about 1/8 ounce (5 g) of red fondant into a thin string about 3 inches (8 cm) long for the arms. Cut in half and bend each arm at the elbow. Stick onto the cake. Stick a small, flattened ball of flesh-colored fondant on the end of each arm for the hands.

  15. Roll about 1/8 ounce (5 g) of flesh-colored fondant into an oval for the head. Squash it slightly and stick on top of the body against the cake.

  16. Make him smile by holding a piping nozzle (tip) at an angle, then press it into the lower part of his face and pull it downwards slightly. This should leave an exaggerated smiling “U” impression in the fondant.

  17. Add two tiny, flesh-colored ball shapes—one for his ear and one for his nose. Press a little hollow into the ear with the end of your paintbrush. Make and stick two tiny, white ball shapes for his eyes.

  18. To make the hair, dip about 1/8 ounce (5 g) of black fondant into water and work it between your fingers until it’s sticky. Place on top of the head and tweak into position.

  19. Make a 1/8-ounce (5 g) white fondant disc for the ball and stick onto the cake (see “Tip”). Paint a pattern on the ball with black food color and a black dot on each eye. Paint a few lines to represent the net onto the goal.

  20. Color the leftover buttercream green and spread around the board. Use a fork to make it look like grass. Sprinkle a few wrapped chocolate soccer balls around the grass if you wish.


If you want to make a less complex soccer cake, simply cover a round or square cake and either make a sitting down character like the football player on page 48, but dress him in a soccer gear, or follow these instructions but with the character laying flat on top of the cake.

For Soccer Player Cupcakes:

Smear the top of the cupcake with green-colored buttercream and rough the buttercream up with a fork to look like grass. Place a few chocolate or fondant soccer balls on top.


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