Football Boots Cake
|Swiss rolls||2 (Each 8 Inch Size, Bought Or Homemade)|
|Apricot jam||2 Tablespoon (Smooth Variety)|
|Icing sugar||2 Tablespoon (For Dusting)|
|Icing||1 Pound (500 Gram, Black Ready To Roll)|
|Icing||4 Ounce (125 Gram, Grey Ready To Roll)|
|Icing||4 Ounce (125 Gram, White Ready To Roll)|
|Chocolate footballs||10 (Foil-Wrapped)|
1. Use a small, sharp knife to round off 2 ends of each of the Swiss rolls to make the heels. Out of the top of each cake scoop an oval, about 10 x 5 cm (4 x 2 inches) and 2 cm (3/4 inch) deep in the centre. Make a sloping cut from the front of the scooped-out area down to the front end of each cake. Round off all the edges. Brush the jam over the cakes.
2. Dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out half the black icing to a rectangle, 30 x 20 cm (12 x 8 inches). Lay the icing over one cake, pressing it down into the cavity. Ease the icing to fit around the sides and tuck the ends under the boot. Dust the palms of your hands with icing sugar and smooth the icing. Cover the other cake with the remaining black icing in the same way.
3. Roll out half the grey icing into 2 ovals, each 11 x 6 cm (4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches), and press them into the cavities in the tops of the boots. Halve the reserved grey icing and shape 2 'boot tongues', each about 12 cm (5 inches) long and 6 cm (2 1/2 inches) across the top. Use a dampened paintbrush to secure them in position. (If the ends of the flaps flop into the cavity, prop them up with some crumpled kitchen paper until the icing has hardened.)
4. Roll out the white icing and cut it into long strips about 2 cm (3/4 inch) wide. Arrange them on the boots, rounding off the corners at the front and tucking the ends around the back.
5. Cut the liquorice into 14 pieces, each about 4 cm (1 3/4 inches) long, and use them for the laces, making holes in the white icing so that you can easily press in the ends. Use longer lengths of liquorice for the trailing ends.
6. Line a shoe box with tissue paper and arrange the boots in the box. Scatter the foil-wrapped footballs around the cakes.