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Game Day Football Cake

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  • Servings 12
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A football cake that will fool anyone into thinking it's real. Cut it open to find chocolate footballs hiding inside.
Updated May 19, 2022
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Devil's Food Cake Football Halves:

  • 2 boxes Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • Water, oil and eggs according to package instructions

Chocolate Pound Cake:

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 box (16 oz) Betty Crocker™ Pound Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs


  • 2 tubs (16 oz) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Milk Chocolate Frosting
  • 36 oz modeling chocolate (made from milk chocolate)
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 oz white modeling chocolate


  • 1
    Devil's Food Cake Football halves: Make one devil's food cake according to package instructions. Pour into a football shaped baking pan that has been coated with baking spray. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-55 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Repeat with second cake. Allow both cakes to cool completely then freeze for at least two hours.
  • 2
    Chocolate Pound Cake: Bring water to a boil. Stir in cocoa powder. Let it cool. ?Combine the Betty Crocker Pound Cake Mix with the softened butter, eggs, and chocolate water. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds then on medium for 2 minutes.
  • 3
    Line a 9x13-baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil (or aluminum foil sprayed with non-stick spray.) Spray a 5-inch metal oval cookie cutter with non-stick spray and set it in the center of the pan. Pour chocolate pound cake batter into the pan, leaving the center oval empty. Bake for 28-32 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then carefully remove the oval cookie cutter. Allow cake to cool completely, then peel off tin foil and level the cake, by removing the domed top.
  • 4
    Set one football cake on top of the pound cake. Cut around the football cake, removing the excess pound cake.
  • 5
    Now split the football shaped pound cake in two, making two thin layers. Attach one using frosting to each of the football shaped devil's food cakes.
  • 6
    Put the two cakes together forming a misshapen football. Carve the cake to look like a real football.
  • 7
    Separate the cake into two parts again. Scoop out some (no more than 1/2 inch deep) of the devil's food cake, if desired to create a larger well to fill with candy.
  • 8
    Set each cake on a cooling rack set over a pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Heat Betty Crocker milk chocolate frosting in microwave for about 30 seconds until pourable. Pour frosting over cakes, smoothing it out with a spatula. Allow frosting to set.
  • 9
    Roll out a little over half of the modeling chocolate. Rub a football texture sheet over top of entire surface.
  • 10
    Cover one cake in the fondant, cutting off the excess, leaving about 1/4 inch hanging all around the cake. Roll the bottom edge up under the bottom side of the cake. Repeat with second football cake.
  • 11
    Turn one cake upside down. Fill the well with chocolate footballs. Frost around the well, leaving 1/2 of space, so the frosting doesn't touch the candy.
  • 12
    Set the other cake on top, forming a 3 dimensional football. Cut a small football shaped piece of cardboard to go under the cake for support. Set cake on top.Brush entire football with some cocoa powder, to add dimension to the ball.
  • 13
    Roll out white modeling chocolate, cut into thin strips, and create the laces on the ball. I started by adding two long laces to the cake, which I attached using a small amount of water. I then created large dimples along the edge of the laces to put the shorter laces into.
  • 14
    I used another fondant tool to add the final details. I created the seam line down the center of the top of the cake and added a border around the laces.
  • 15
    Lift football cake and place on a piece of artificial turf or on a serving platter. Serve cake by carefully cutting into it, remembering the candy is hiding inside.

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More About This Recipe

  • For your favorite fans, a football cake so realistic they won't know whether to eat it or throw it! Are you ready for some football ... cake? Football has become a huge part of the fall season for my family. My nephew is on the varsity high school football team and our family spends Friday nights cheering his team on to victory. To celebrate the start of the season I created a three-dimensional football cake to serve to him and his teammates. The whole team was shocked to see how real the football looked, but were even more surprised when I cut into the cake to reveal little chocolate footballs hiding inside! Whether you're hosting a Monday night football party or getting ready for tailgating, this cake is sure to score big. Just be sure to give yourself an entire day because you'll need to bake three cakes. This creation uses two devil's food cakes, a chocolate pound cake, milk chocolate frosting, and modeling chocolate. It takes some time, but everyone was amazed at how realistic it looked – and it tasted great too! Easy tip: I find carving a frozen cake is much easier than using a freshly baked cake. I actually froze mine overnight and had great results. I wanted to set my cake on a piece of artificial turf for the party, so I just cut a small cake board into a football shape to fit underneath for some support. I could then just lift up the cake and set it on the fake grass. I honestly couldn't believe how real it looked. When I brought it to football practice and shared it with the team I was really excited to see the reaction from the kids. All my hard work had paid off!
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