Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ready, Set, Hike!

I have to say this is a foul proof recipe and technique to use when making a football cake for any football party. I made this particular cake for multiple SuperBowl parties.  

It’s quite the hit at any party.

The best store to purchase the football shaped cake pan is at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores:, Michael’s:, or at your local craft store.  Wilton:, is also another place where you can purchase the football shaped cake pan.  If you don’t want to spend the $12.99 on Wilton’s First and Ten Football Pan, then you simply can use 2 rectangular 11 x 7 x 2 inches pans.  The key with using the rectangular pans is to shape the top of the cake rounded like a football.  Grab your kids’ football or borrow one from the high school, this is a great visual aid, especially when trying to recreate it as edible art.
Wilton Football Cake pan

Basic decorating supplies

The supplies you’ll need for this cake are: 1 Wilton First and Ten Football Pan, *or 2 9 inch round cake pans, 1 box of Dunkin Hines, Betty Crocker or Pillsbury cake mix, 1 4 oz. of Baker’s coconut, 1 8oz. bottle of Wilton Cake Release *certified Kosher, Wilton Decorating disposable bags, Wilton icing tips: 3 and 16, 2-3 16 oz. tub of Dunkin Hines, Betty Crocker or Pillsbury Chocolate Frosting, 1 16 oz. tubs of Dunkin Hines, Betty Crocker or Pillsbury Vanilla or White Frosting, Wilton Icing Colors in White and Green, Cake Board, Fanci-Foil wrap, 1 Glad Ziplock sandwich bag and a football.
You can substitute the 1 16 oz. tub of Dunkin Hines, Betty Crocker or Pillsbury Chocolate frosting with White Frosting. If you use white frosting, then you’ll need Wilton Icing color in Brown.
Follow the directions on the cake mix as directed and ensure the cake pan is greased with the Wilton Cake Release.  Once the batter has been poured in the cake pan, bake as directed.  Once the cake has fully cooled on a wire rack, it’s time to decorate.
Let’s decorate your Football Cake!
Step 1.  Take the Fanci-Foil and apply it to the cake board, these can be purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Michael’s or at your local craft store. Once the Fanci-Foil has been applied place the cooled football cake on it. 
Step 2.  You’ll need Wilton Icing Tips 3 and 16 and the Chocolate or brown icing.  Place the football for visual aid on the counter and reference this quite often, when icing the brown and white areas of the cake. Fill the Wilton Decorating disposable bag with the chocolate or brown icing using tip 3. Decorate the areas of the football that are brown using this icing bag.  Once you have completely decorated the areas of the football in the chocolate icing, dispose of the remaining frosting back in the tub, cover and place in the refrigerator.  Clean the tip 3 for later use.
Step 3. Using tip 16, place the white frosting in a Wilton decorating bag and get ready to frost the 2 stripes of the football. 
Step 4.  Use the same decorating bag in Step 3. with tip 16 for the laces, create a long straight line down the center.  Please reference your football.
Step 5.  Using tip 3, place the white frosting in the Wilton decorating bag and frost the laces, 7 horizontal short lines.
After the cake is fully decorated with the frosting, you’ll need to add “grass”.  Place a small drop of Wilton icing color green in a Glad Ziploc sandwich bag with the bag of 4 oz. Baker’s coconut. Shake the coconut, coating all the coconut until all pieces are green.  Next sprinkle the green colored coconut all around the edges of the football cake.

This cake serves between 15-18.

Place the cake in the center of the table for all to admire and enjoy.  

Happy baking!


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