Did you enjoy Wimbledon this year? Get involved by making a set of these fun tennis cake balls – it's sure to make your family smile! Recipe and pictures from Renshaw, experts in coloured sugarpaste and cake decorating accessories. For the cake balls 40g cocoa powder 150ml boiling water 120g unsalted butter - softened 200g caster sugar 2 eggs - room temperature 200g (7oz) self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda ¼ tsp salt To decorate 120g unsalted butter - softened 200g icing sugar - sifted 100g dark chocolate - melted and cooled 400g Renshaw Colour Melts Green 200g Renshaw Colour Melts White 50g green glimmer sugar edible glue Makes 24 To make the cake
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5.
- Put the cocoa powder into the jug and stir in the boiling water until combined.
- Line a 25cm round cake tin with greaseproof paper.
- Cream the unsalted butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each egg.
- Sift together the self-raising flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
- Pour the dry ingredients and gently beat until well combined.
- Fold in the cooled cocoa mixture until mixed well.
- Pour into the cake tin and bake for 45 to 60 minutes.
- Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- To make the frosting, cream the unsalted butter with an electric whisk before gradually adding the icing sugar.
- Pour in the melted dark chocolate and cream until light and fluffy.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes before use.
- To make the cake pop balls, crumble the sponge cake into fine crumbs.
- Add the frosting a little at a time mixing with your hands until you have a fudge like texture.
- Wrap the mixture in cling film and refrigerate for one hour before rolling your cake pop balls.
- Using a spoon, scoop out a ping pong ball size of cake pop mixture. Roll the mixture in your hands to create a round ball.
- Melt the Renshaw Colour Melts Green in the microwave as per the instructions on the side of the tub.
- Dip a cake pop stick about 2cm into the green colour melts and insert it into the bottom of the cake ball so it goes half way into the cake. Place the cake pop into the polystyrene block and leave to harden for a few minutes.
- Making sure the melts are still warm, dip and swirl the cake pop into the green colour melts. Tap off the excess on the side of the tub. Place in the polystyrene block until the melts have set and are dry to the touch.
- Melt the Renshaw Colour Melts White in the microwave as per the instructions on the side of the tub. Using a thin paintbrush, paint on the tennis ball lines.
- With the paintbrush, paint on the edible glue where you can see the green. Then sprinkle on the green glimmer sugar.
- Pull the cake pop stick out of each cake pops, and with a knife trim off the bottom to create a flat bottom and fill the hole with green colour melts.
Now you can enjoy your tasty tennis treats! You can buy Renshaw colour melts online or in Lakeland and selected retailers.