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How to Make a Football Cake That’ll Make You MVP!

A game day get-together is often a no-fuss, no-muss kinds of deal. But even the most low key of celebrations calls for a cool cake! Learn how to make a football cake — no special football-shaped pan or carving skills necessary.

Football Cake

All photos via Erin Bakes

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How to make a football cake (no carving required!) 

How To Make An Easy Football Cake | Erin Gardner | Craftsy 

Supplies:

Step 1:

Use your knife to lightly score a line down the center of the 6-inch round cake. Make a cut about 1/2″ from either side of the center line. Set aside the middle portion for pre-game munching!

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Step 2:

Sandwich the two rounded pieces of cake together to form your football shape. I wasn’t lying when I said no-carve! 

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Step 3:

Use some of the uncolored buttercream to fill in the middle of your football. Finish the outside of your football with chocolate frosting or buttercream that’s been tinted brown. 

Filled Football CakeFrosted Football Cake

Step 4:

Frost the 8-inch round cake with green buttercream. While the buttercream is still soft, tap the surface of the cake with the flat side of your icing spatula to create grass.

Making Buttercream Grass

Step 5:

Move the football cake on top of the finished 8-inch round cake. You don’t need to use any supports. There aren’t any layers here and the football hardly weighs anything at all. Plus, I don’t want to be bothered with unstacking a cake and removing dowels while everyone else is kicking back with a cold one.

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Step 6:

Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round tip with about 1/2 cup of the white buttercream. Pipe a 3″ line of buttercream in the center of the football. Pipe tiny little lines over it to create the lacing.

Use the same tip to create the bands on either end of the football. Pipe three lines in a row about 2″ from one of the pointed ends of the football. Use the icing spatula to smooth the lines together to create a thicker band.

Buttercream Football Cake

All that’s left to do is dig in and enjoy. Spike a slice into the end zone! (And by the end zone, I mean your mouth.) 

Want more game-day treats? Try this tutorial on how to make football cake pops.

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4 Comments

Akinlade Taiwo

This is really nice sure will try it out thankyou for the post

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Erin Gardner

Would love to see a pic if you do! Thanks 🙂

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Kkelly

How do you move the football from step 3 to step 5 without messing it up?

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Erin Gardner

I just slid an offset spatula underneath and moved it over. The cake I made was pretty small. I had started with a 6″ round. You can always touch up any frosting that gets smudged after it’s moved, or move it to the cake first if that makes you more comfortable.

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