Fast and Easy Football Cake

Fast and Easy Football Cake

div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;"It's that time of year again!br /Not only is it football season, but October is birthday season in my family.( we have 5 )br /Today is my father's, and he is a diehard New York Giants fan.br /We live 5 hours from Giant's stadium and he still has season tickets and drives to every single home game , no matter what the weather is.br /I don't love any sport or hobby THAT much.br /So, for his birthday I figured I should do something football/ Giants.br /In an earlier post I made a NY Giants helmet for a co-worker so I had to come up with something different.br /A football, basic and fun.br /For cake flavor I decided on pumpkin cake with cream cheese buttercream frosting seeing as he loves those pumpkin rolls. I figured this would be the same flavor in a different form.br /br /I used the recipe from Epicurious for a a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Spiced-Pumpkin-Layer-Cake-240123"Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake/a.br /I left out some of the ginger just because we aren't huge fans of it but made it as the recipe is written.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8swFDO9cB6o/UlP-bXGHQZI/AAAAAAAAClg/e4eXxAl9p3g/s1600/IMG2423.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8swFDO9cB6o/UlP-bXGHQZI/AAAAAAAAClg/e4eXxAl9p3g/s320/IMG2423.jpg" width="320" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TERPisNKUY/UlP-ReVNjWI/AAAAAAAAClU/t9bBZ1HAHUA/s1600/IMG2422.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TERPisNKUY/UlP-ReVNjWI/AAAAAAAAClU/t9bBZ1HAHUA/s320/IMG2422.jpg" width="320" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9fyR5Fxv1U8/UlP-SqBSU7I/AAAAAAAAClc/nBQmymfBw4/s1600/IMG2424.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9fyR5Fxv1U8/UlP-SqBSU7I/AAAAAAAAClc/nBQmymfBw4/s320/IMG2424.jpg" width="320" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divbr /I baked 2 cakes in my Wilton football pan.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IzLmRlRtcxo/UlP-dUvQmJI/AAAAAAAACl0/xoV66dxkWO0/s1600/IMG2425.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IzLmRlRtcxo/UlP-dUvQmJI/AAAAAAAACl0/xoV66dxkWO0/s320/IMG2425.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XaVzTTKPeTw/UlP-eHdZwGI/AAAAAAAAClw/PpV4xOxNXvs/s1600/IMG2426.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XaVzTTKPeTw/UlP-eHdZwGI/AAAAAAAAClw/PpV4xOxNXvs/s320/IMG2426.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr /If you want to make a tall / whole football I recommend filling the pans 3/4 full with this recipe. It doesn't rise like other cakes.br /I  also only had to bake for 40 minutes in this pan at 350Fbr /br /Once cooled I leveled my football and filled it with icing.br /I had to carve my cake a bit due to the short layers. If they had baked hight enough I would not have had to do this. ( better luck next time ;)br /br /Once filled and carved I iced the cake with more cream cheese icing and let it crust up a bit.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RAkBFQv6j7w/UllH9tbVMQI/AAAAAAAACmA/0aaNlqVEn8/s1600/IMG2432.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RAkBFQv6j7w/UllH9tbVMQI/AAAAAAAACmA/0aaNlqVEn8/s320/IMG2432.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /I rolled out some brown fondant and using a small impression mat , imprinted the football texture. You can use anything bumpy for this, before I had a texture mat I used a meat tenderizer mallet to make similar impressions.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lmGhmH6B4Dw/UllIIaqiwmI/AAAAAAAACmU/8RnjlN0O64/s1600/IMG2433.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lmGhmH6B4Dw/UllIIaqiwmI/AAAAAAAACmU/8RnjlN0O64/s320/IMG2433.JPG" width="320" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EFcdNeS82k/UllIFjfjXrI/AAAAAAAACmM/MlQPcj2nwpg/s1600/IMG2434.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EFcdNeS82k/UllIFjfjXrI/AAAAAAAACmM/MlQPcj2nwpg/s320/IMG2434.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /br /Once the cake was covered I added my detail lines.br /Draw 1 down the center of the topbr /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FXPpCvVg72g/UllIQggz8tI/AAAAAAAACmk/9WdjjlrCCiQ/s1600/IMG2435.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FXPpCvVg72g/UllIQggz8tI/AAAAAAAACmk/9WdjjlrCCiQ/s320/IMG2435.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lMLEz4kdjXk/UllIQtxRwEI/AAAAAAAACmg/V0GsdIgeyDU/s1600/IMG2436.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lMLEz4kdjXk/UllIQtxRwEI/AAAAAAAACmg/V0GsdIgeyDU/s320/IMG2436.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /Then one on each side of the football.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lgkCrPbbGXs/UllIeDZbcpI/AAAAAAAACm8/hkDq8d4irE8/s1600/IMG2438.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lgkCrPbbGXs/UllIeDZbcpI/AAAAAAAACm8/hkDq8d4irE8/s320/IMG2438.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /br /Last step of the football is the lacing.br /I poked holes in approximately one inch increments down the top on each side of the line.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TMTE8bl3QNA/UllIrWPdVXI/AAAAAAAACnQ/IPb8x3aIUrI/s1600/IMG2442.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TMTE8bl3QNA/UllIrWPdVXI/AAAAAAAACnQ/IPb8x3aIUrI/s320/IMG2442.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr /and piped the laces with white buttercream in the order shown in the photo's below.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V6kpsm8-k/UllI3D9ISLI/AAAAAAAACng/KJ3ghIzkBiI/s1600/IMG_2443.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V6kpsm8-k/UllI3D9ISLI/AAAAAAAACng/KJ3ghIzkBiI/s320/IMG2443.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BJLU66OPsCs/UllI3njrfiI/AAAAAAAACnk/lReFmcGAkx0/s1600/IMG2444.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BJLU66OPsCs/UllI3njrfiI/AAAAAAAACnk/lReFmcGAkx0/s320/IMG2444.jpg" width="320" //a/divbr /In hindsight , I would have used a larger round tip for this step to make a thicker lacing.br /br /For the cake board I lined it like a football field with white fondant.br /Then I piped in grass with a wilton tip.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S0P9HzkoAOg/UllI5GzPrbI/AAAAAAAACns/V4iYnyIxoTk/s1600/IMG2445.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S0P9HzkoAOg/UllI5GzPrbI/AAAAAAAACns/V4iYnyIxoTk/s320/IMG2445.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr /I saw this technique on Youtube and thought it would be nice.br /Time consuming, but I do like the finished product on the cake board.br /You can skip the middle where the football will sit. ( and you will probably want to after piping all that grass)br /br /Set the football on the cake board, in the grass.br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EwLGzcBsnaw/UllI9ppSL7I/AAAAAAAACn0/sb7-Px2ygww/s1600/IMG2446.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EwLGzcBsnaw/UllI9ppSL7I/AAAAAAAACn0/sb7-Px2ygww/s320/IMG_2446.JPG" width="320" //a/divbr /( see how lame my lacing is ?)br /br /To bring in the Giants element ( or any team ) I decided to make a disc.br /Basic , blue fondant/gumpaste mix, cut with a 3 inch round cutter with the logo.br /br /Once that was dry I leaned it against the cake and that was it.br /br /This cake only took 1 hour to decorate which in cake decorating time is quite fast.br /If you are looking for a quick impressive cake for the football fan in your life, this is it!br /br /br /br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divbr //div

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