Surprise your favorite fan on his birthday with a cake he's bound to get a kick out of! This cake can cover the field for non-birthday occasions, as well. Think what a hit it would be at a Super Bowl party, taken along for tailgating at a game this fall, or at a bake sale to raise funds for the local school football team, cheerleaders or pep band! —Ruth Andrewson, Leavenworth, Washington
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 bar (4 ounces) German sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- Green food coloring
- 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
- 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
- 6 white pipe cleaners
- In a small bowl, pour water over chocolate; set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each. Add cooled chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
- In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into batter. Grease and flour one 8-in. round baking pan and one 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. If desired, line bottoms with waxed paper; grease and flour paper.
- Pour 2-1/2 cups batter into round baking pan. Pour the remaining batter into the rectangular pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes (round) and 35-40 minutes (rectangular) or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks. Remove waxed paper and cool completely.
- For frosting, combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in milk and egg yolks until smooth. Add butter; bring to a boil over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and coconut.
- Cool completely; set aside 3/4 cup. Tint remaining frosting green. Place rectangular cake on serving platter; frost top and sides with green frosting. Place 1/2 cup vanilla frosting in a decorator tube; pipe yard lines across cake.
- For football, slice a 2-in.-wide strip from the center of round cake (save for another use). Spread reserved coconut frosting between layers of cake, forming the football. Place cut side down on a flat surface.
- Combine remaining vanilla frosting with cocoa; frost top and sides of football. Use decorator tube to pipe laces on football. With a large spatula, carefully lift football and place on the green cake. Use three pipe cleaners at each end of cake to form goalposts.
Originally published as Football Cake in Crafting Traditions January/February 1996