What’s for Dinner: Chocolate [Football] Cake
I wasn’t planning on making anything for the Super Bowl party my brother’s were having last night… but the night before I just couldn’t help myself and started brainstorming ideas.
Since my brother’s were ordering food, I narrowed it downto desserts and finally decided to make a cake. It had to be a football-related cake [it was the Super Bowl afterall] but I didn’t have a football-shaped baking pan.
So what I ended up doing yesterday afternoon was: making the football shape on my own using my round spring-form baking pan.
I used my homemade vanilla cake recipe and added 1/4th cup of cocoa powder to the batter to make it a chocolate cake. I baked it in a preheated 350 degree oven for about thirty minutes. There was just enough batter left to make five cupcakes that I baked for about 15 minutes.
Tip: After letting the cake cool, what I did to make the football shape out a circle cake was: cut a two inch strip of the cake out down the center of the cake [cut less if you are using a smaller pan]. Move the two semi-circles to whatever you will use to serve the cake on. When you connect the two semi-circles, it is now in the shape of a football!
I used store-bought milk chocolate frosting to frost my homemade cake. I have vowed to never make homemade frosting until I can get a Kitchen-Aid stand-mixer.
Tip: whenever I frost cakes, I line the bottom of the cake with small pieces of parchment paper [easier to remove than one large sheet] so the bottom and edges look clean at the end and avoid a big mess.
After frosting it, all that is left is to decorate the top of the cake with the details of a football.
Another tip: I took coconut flakes and dyed them green to make “grass” to put around the football cake.
P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.