This Easy Football Cake is the perfect game day dessert! Use this simple step-by-step tutorial to make this recipe for your next football party!
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Easy Football Cake

This Easy Football Cake is the perfect game day dessert! Use this simple step-by-step tutorial to make this recipe for your next football party!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: football cake
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Rebecca Hubbell

Ingredients

Cake:

Frosting:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line cake pans with parchment paper (see instructions here) and coat with cooking spray. 
  • Combine all of the cake ingredients in a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat until combined.
  • Evenly distribute cake batter between the pans, two 9 in. pans should be for about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. See notes for other sizing and times.
  • Remove from oven and move the cake pans to the cooling racks to cool.
  • Once pans are cool enough to touch, gently flip the cakes out and let them cool completely. Put a plate or cooling rack over the top of the pan while flipping.
  • Prepare the chocolate buttercream recipe.
  • Cut a 2-inch wide strip from the center of the cake(s) and push the two ends together as shown in the photos above in the post.
  • On your serving dish, set the cake on two pieces of wax or parchment paper so that the line of the cake is perpendicular to the line where the paper meet.
  • Frost cake(s) with a frosting spatula. If you're making a layer cake, frost the top of the first layer then add the second and frosting the whole cake. 
  • Use a flat ribbon tip to draw on football stitching.

Notes

  • You can use my recipe above (which you should) or you can simply use a box cake mix and your own homemade or store-bought chocolate frosting. It’s really the method that makes this cake so EASY!
  • You can make any size you want, a huge 14-in round cake (baked for 50 to 55 minutes), a bunch of mini 4 in round cakes (bake for 25 to 30 minutes), or do what I did and make two 8 or 9-in round cakes!
  • You can also make one single layer 9-inch football cake and 12 cupcakes. Cupcake should bake for 18 to 22 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1.7mg