My easy templates for a football shirt cake
I have been asked quite a few times recently how and where I get my templates from for Football shirt cakes like the one above, so I thought I would share with you the way I draw them. It’s pretty easy to do yourself (even if you’re no dab hand with a pen or pencil) but I’ve also included free templates in case it comes in handy at the end of this post.
I usually use a rectangular baking tin for this cake which is 8 x 10 inch (20 x 26cm) but I know that’s not an every day size so I am also going to show you how to use a square tin to get the same template. My square tin here is 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23cm)
First swipe some paper from your daughters stash! This pad has come in very handy as it’s A3 in size. I’ve used a big black marker just so you can see the lines clearly.
For a rectangular cake tin
Draw around the base of your baking tin so you have the overall size of your baked cake.
Cut it out.
Fold it in half lengthways. I do this so that the template is even on both sides.
I then draw half of the shirt. Make sure that the neckline is wider than you think it should be. The shoulders only need a slight slope downwards. The sleeve should always be attached to the body of the shirt otherwise you end up with a really difficult nook to ice. I tilt the sleeve so I get as much cake (and as little wasted cake) as possible)
Cut away the excess areas.
Open up the template and your ready to place it on your cake and cut it to size for decorating.
For a square tin
Draw around your cake tin (or the removable base if possible) and cut out the square. I have worked out the best ratio for cutting a square cake into a Football shirt shape.
The long thin rectangle fits at the bottom to give you a longer shirt and the smaller one is divided diagonally to give you triangles that become the sleeves.
I mark the curved armhole of the sleeves on the body of the shirt as it makes the arms look bigger. There’s very little wastage with this cake.
So there you have it. If you want to see how I decorate a football shirt cake then see here. Feel free to click on the templates below to download the printable PDF’s to use.