I spent Saturday getting ready for Ryan's 3rd birthday party and a bulk of the day was spent on his football cakes. He has been asking for a football cake ever since we started talking about his birthday party this year, so I knew I had to deliver just that! I had a Wilton football player cake pan that I had purchased on a garage sale for $2 even before Ryan was born and finally had a great reason to use it! I used the "Super Moist Devil's Food Cake" recipe from Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor and the Wilton Buttercream frosting recipe, although I cheated and bought a can of chocolate frosting to use for the football and outline. This cake went fairly smoothly, which was a blessing after forgetting the yeast in a batch of caramel rolls earlier in the morning, but my back and hands got achey from bending over to pipe on the stars and it did take several hours to complete. Overall, though, I was really happy with how it turned out and Ryan thought it was cool!
Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor along with her Chocolate Pan Frosting from the same book. After baking two 9" round cakes and cooling them, I cut a strip about 2" wide from the middle of each of the round cakes to make them more football shaped. Unfortunately, when trying to "stick" them together with the warm frosting, it created a bit of a divide and after the heavy fudgy frosting had hardened, there was a huge valley down the middle. Since I hadn't sifted the powdered sugar and the outside of the cake was looking a little less than desirable, I just gave the outside a thin coat of canned chocolate frosting and also filled in the whole valley with frosting. Trust, me, there is almost as much frosting as cake on this one. A few piped details finished this one off and it's a good thing I had it in a cake saver with a lid because Ryan had a hard time keeping his hands off it!
Happy 3rd Birthday, Ryan!