A Tee Time Treat … How to Make a Golf Cake!
Making a jolly good golf cake is easier than you might think …. this is how I made mine …
I covered the cakes in chocolate buttercream, with a little buttercream between the two cakes to stick them together. I should have used more buttercream on top as there is a dip in the middle where the two cakes join, plus as it’s a single layer cake you’re not getting any buttercream in the centre! I’ve learned for next time!
Next, I cut out a piece of sugar paste as shown to form the ‘green’ of the golf course. If your buttercream has formed a crust, add a tiny amount of water on top of the buttercream with a brush to help stick the sugar paste.
I cut out a shallow area to form a bunker (sand pit!) – and added some light brown sugar for sand.
I then cut out a piece of blue sugar paste to form a water hazard. I painted this with some piping gel to give it a wet look. I added a little blue colour to the gel but this isn’t essential. You will notice my water dips down due to where the two cakes joined – I’ll fill the gap with buttercream next time!
The golf course is starting to take shape! I made an indentation for the hole at one end of the green. Decide which way round you want the cake and check which way your golfer model is facing so you know which end to put the hole at!
I then covered the board with some strips of green sugar paste. Don’t worry if there are little gaps – in the picture you can still see the silver board at the corner of the cake – this will be covered up later, as will the joins.
I then coloured some buttercream with green gel colour and using a grass piping nozzle, I covered the brown buttercream on the top of the cake with piped grass. Practice piping with the grass nozzle first if you haven’t done this before. I also pushed a little brown sugar paste into the hole on the green.
Starting to look much more like a golf course now!
Pipe grass around the bottom of the cake where it joins the board and cover up any joins where you have added the sugar paste strips to the board. Pipe rough areas of grass to cover the joins rather than following the line of the join, so it looks more natural.
I used a ‘claydough’ golfer. I love claydough – it looks very similar to sugar paste and models are very cheap and widely available. Claydough models sold as cake decorations are made from PVC resin and comply with regulations for materials in contact with food. They can be kept by the recipient of a cake afterwards as a memento of a special occasion, but are not intended as toys. I used a little edible glue to attach to the cake – this washes off easily afterwards. You could also use a little icing or piping gel to secure it in place.
I added a few lost golf balls in the long grass! These are just white sugar paste rolled into tiny balls.
I purchased this golf buggy online – it is just placed on the cake and is held in place well enough by the buttercream ‘grass’.
The little plastic trees add to the three dimensional landscape of the cake. I think they are intended as Christmas trees but I think several placed together work well as young trees. Keep your finished cake in a cardboard cake box until you are ready to serve it or cover loosely with cling film (plastic wrap) – the buggy, golfer and trees help hold the cling film up off the cake! Be careful with the ‘water’ area as the piping gel stays sticky.
There you have it – a jolly good golf cake! If you have any questions, please comment below! Or share your own jolly good golf cake pictures! Have fun! ♥
I used two 9″ square cakes as I don’t have a rectangular cake tin! They are placed on a 14″x20″ cake board. The circles are just marks from my cooling racks – this is real life (oh to do a perfect cookery book photo shoot!)