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Be the star player at your next tailgating party with this cooler cake! 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!
When it comes time to frost your 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.
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. The perfect cake for any tailgating or game day party!