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Tennis-themed strawberry cake recipe

Tennis-themed strawberry cake recipe

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Try watching a tennis match while enjoying a classic strawberry and cream-filled cake, dressed in colourful layers of fondant icing. It's so simple to make and a fun, baking project to get your little ones involved in. See method

  • Serves 18
  • 1 hr 30 mins to prepare and 35 mins to cook
  • 608 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 300g (10oz) butter, softened
  • 300g (10oz) caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 300ml (1/2 pint) double cream
  • 200g (7oz) strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
  • 75g (3oz) Tesco Ready to Roll yellow icing
  • 1 x 120g tube Tesco Designer white icing
  • 75g (3oz) Tesco Ready to Roll red icing
  • 250g (8oz) Tesco Ready to Roll green icing
  • 350g (12oz) Tesco Ready to Roll white icing
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
  • 250g (8oz) royal icing sugar
  • green gel food colouring
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    28g 40%
  • Saturates

    16g 81%
  • Sugars

    74g 82%
  • Salt

    0.5g 8%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 88.4g Protein 3.9g Fibre 0.9g


  1. Heat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Line a 20x30cm (8x12in) baking tin with nonstick baking paper.
  2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat well with an electric whisk for 4-5 minutes, until very light and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. On a slow speed, add the flour in three batches, alternating with the milk. Pour the mixture into the tin, then spread with a knife so the mix is pushed well into the corners. Bake for 35 minutes or until the centre is firm to the touch. Leave in the tin until cold.
  3. When the cake is completely cold, turn out onto a board and slice in half horizontally. Whisk the cream until thick but not stiff. Fold in the chopped strawberries. Spread the mixture over the base sponge and put the other sponge on top. Chill. 
  4. To make the tennis balls, roll out the yellow icing to 5mm (¼ in) thick. Using a 4cm (1½ in) round cutter, stamp out 6 rounds. Using the cutter, gently mark 2 semicircles on each to represent the lines on a tennis ball. Use the Tesco Designer white icing fitted with the plain nozzle to pipe over the markings.
  5. To make the strawberries, roll out the red icing to 5mm (¼ in) thick. Using a small heart-shaped cutter, stamp out 6 hearts. Gently soften the edge of each, and push into a strawberry shape. Using a plain piping nozzle or cocktail stick, dot to represent the seeds.
  6. To make the hulls, take 25g (1oz) of the green icing and roll out. Using a small flower cutter, stamp out 3 flower shapes. Cut each flower in half, placing 1 on each strawberry. To make the stalks, roll a piece of green icing into a thin sausage, cut into 6 equal pieces and place 1 at the top of each hull.
  7. For the tennis court, combine the remaining green icing with the white icing and knead together to get an even green colour. Remove the cake from the fridge. Warm the jam in a small pan, then brush over the cake. Roll out the green icing to a rectangle large enough to cover the cake. Lay the icing on top of the cake, pressing gently onto the sides. Trim any excess.
  8. Using a little of the Designer white icing, attach the tennis balls and strawberries in alternate rows on top of the cake.
  9. Make up the royal icing according to pack instructions. Add green gel food colouring. Put the icing into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle. Pipe ‘clumps’ of straight lines to represent grass in various places around the sides of the cake. Cut into squares to serve.

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