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Tailgating Cooler Cake

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Tailgating Cooler Cake
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  • Total Time 6 hr 0 min
  • Servings 16
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Tailgating Cooler Cake

A four-layer cake decorated to look like a real cooler and filled with modeling chocolate beer bottles and candy ice.

Ingredients

2
Betty Crocker™ pound cake mix
Eggs, butter and water/milk according to package instructions (alternately, use coconut milk in place of water/milk and add 1/2 cup finely chopped coconut)
4
tubs Betty Crocker™ Whipped white frosting
24
ounces red fondant
4
ounces white fondant
12
ounces modeling chocolate made from milk chocolate
1
teaspoon vodka plus 1/2 teaspoons
1
teaspoon corn syrup
1/2
teaspoon silver luster dust
10
ounces Isomalt nibs

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Line two 9x13-inch baking pans with nonstick foil or grease and flour the pans.
  • 3 Make cake mixes according to package instructions.
  • 4 Pour one cake mix into each pan.
  • 5 Bake for 32 to 36 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 6 Cool cakes completely, then level cakes by cutting off the domed tops.
  • 7 Cut each cake in half and cut the ends so they're nice and straight and you have 4 pieces that are about 9-inch by 6-inch.
  • 8 Stack three cakes with frosting in between each layer.
  • 9 Cut a rectangle out of the fourth piece of cake, leaving a 1 1/2 to 2 inch border.
  • 10 Remove the inner rectangle.
  • 11 Stack the final cake on top of the three cakes.
  • 12 Frost the outside of the cake.
  • 13 Freeze the cake for several hours until firm.
  • 14 Dust counter top lightly with cornstarch.
  • 15 Roll red fondant out and cut to a 30-inch by 5-1/4 inch strip (or the dimensions needed to wrap around the cake).
  • 16 Flip the fondant over and set the frozen cake on one end.
  • 17 Wrap the fondant around the cake.
  • 18 Set cake upright and cut a piece of white fondant to go on the inside of the cut out rectangle.
  • 19 Cut white strips of fondant to cover the top edges of the cake, draping over the red fondant by a little bit and into the rectangle well.You'll need to bevel the edges to fit the strips together.
  • 20 Sculpt beer bottle tops out of modeling chocolate.
  • 21 Mix 1 teaspoon vodka with 1 teaspoon corn syrup and brush over beer bottles.
  • 22 Create bottle caps out of modeling chocolate.
  • 23 Mix 1/2 teaspoon vodka with silver luster dust.
  • 24 Brush the luster dust over the bottle caps.Allow to dry completely.
  • 25 Add one bottle cap to each beer bottle.
  • 26 Pipe some frosting into two mounds in the inside of rectangle cake well.Place one beer bottle top on each.
  • 27 Sprinkle Isomalt nib "ice cubes" around the bottles and serve.
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Be the star player at your next tailgating party with this cooler cake!

As prepared by Hungry Happenings,

This cooler-shaped cake comes stocked with "beer" and even "ice" that won't melt!

This past weekend we were invited to a tailgating party and I was asked to bring a dessert. Since my friends are getting used to my over-the-top cakes, I thought it would be fun to make a cake shaped like a cooler! I figured, what tailgating party is complete without a cooler filled with frosty beverages?

It was a small party, so I didn't want to make a huge cake. I made a personal-sized cooler instead of a family sized one. Because I needed the cake to be pretty sturdy I used two Betty Crocker Pound Cake mixes and decided to doctor it up by using coconut milk and some finely chopped coconut. The cake had the structure that I wanted but also had a lovely coconut flavor.

The best part is that I could fill my cooler with “ice” and “beer.” The beer bottles were handcrafted from modeling chocolate with a realistic shine and each bottle was topped off with a silver bottle cap, also made from modeling chocolate. I then sprinkled in some isomalt nibs which looked just like ice cubes!

The cake was a hit and our team even won the game. Score!

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

To make your own cooler cake, start by baking two pound cakes in 9x13-inch pans, allow them to cool and then level them.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Cut each cake in half and cut the edges so they're very straight. Stack three of the cakes, adding frosting in between each layer.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Cut a rectangle out of the center of the fourth cake, leaving about a 1 1/2 to 2-inch border all around. I found it easiest to cut the inner rectangle into four pieces. Then I removed each individual piece. I was worried if I removed one big rectangle that I might break the outer edge.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Stack the fourth cake on top, then frost around the outside of the entire cake.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Make sure to get the frosting very smooth so the sides of your cooler aren't bumpy once they're covered in fondant. I find it easiest to pop the cake in the freezer for a while and then take a damp paper towel to smooth out any lumps and bumps.

It will be much easier to wrap the cake in fondant if the cake is frozen solid, so chill it for several hours.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

While the cake is in the freezer, create your beer bottles. Start by rolling out a small amount of modeling chocolate the thickness of a bottle cap. Use a small round cutter to cut two circles. Then use a fondant ball tool to press indentations all around the edge of modeling chocolate circles. Mix some silver luster dust with vodka and brush that all over the modeling chocolate bottle caps. Let them dry, completely.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Sculpt modeling chocolate into the tops of the bottles. For a realistic look, mix equal parts vodka and corn syrup together, brush it over the modeling chocolate and allow it to dry completely. Top each bottle with a bottle cap.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

When your cake is a nice and frozen, take its measurements. Measure around the entire cake as well as the height of the cake.

Dust your counter top lightly with cornstarch. Roll out the red fondant into a very long strip, cutting it long enough to wrap around the entire cake. I cut my strip 30-inches by 5.25-inches.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Brush away any excess cornstarch and wipe the counter around the fondant. Carefully flip the fondant over and grab the cake out of the freezer. Lay the cake down on its side at one end of the fondant.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Wrap the fondant around the cake. Then stand the cake upright.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Now create the white part of the cooler. I found it easiest to cut strips the length of each side of the cake and then set one strip at a time onto the cake, allowing it to hang over the red fondant and into the well of the cake.

Cut each strip at an angle from the outside corner to an inside corner. Continue adding strips, cutting them at an angle so that the two angles match up like a picture frame.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Cut a strip of fondant that will fit inside of the well. Pipe two mounds of frosting and set a beer bottle on top of each.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Sprinkle isomalt nibs around the beer bottles.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

Add the finishing touch by creating grooved lines around the bottom of your cooler. If you want, you can add handles, a lid and even a logo.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

For really cool way to serve your cake, buy a piece of fake grass or AstroTurf, set it on a board, and then set your cake on top.

 

Tailgating Cooler Cake

And there you have it – the perfect cake for any tailgating or game day party!


Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com.

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