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Football Birthday Cake Design

Kenneth Chen

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  • 1 (9 by 5-inch) loaf cake
  • 1 to 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • 6 vanilla Tootsie Rolls
  • 7 white Good & Plenty
  • Green food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 Tbsp warm water

What you'll need:

  • A serving platter
  • A bread knife
  • A clean dish towel
  • A rolling pin or a clean, heavy bottle
  • Scissors or a sharp knife
  • A medium bowl

Trimming the cake:

  1. Place cake on a serving platter. Using a bread knife, cut the cake into the shape of a football (see template). Level the sides of the cake.

Frosting the cake:

  1. Add the cocoa powder and a few drops of red food coloring to the vanilla frosting. Mix well to achieve the desired reddish-brown football color.
  2. Spread the frosting on the cake to cover completely. Let the cake stand for 30 minutes.

To finish the decoration:

  1. Gently press a clean dish towel against the frosting to create the football texture.
  2. Microwave the vanilla Tootsie Rolls for 2 to 3 seconds to soften slightly. Press the vanilla Tootsie Rolls together.
  3. Use a rolling pin or a clean, heavy bottle on a clean work surface to roll the vanilla Tootsie Rolls into a 2 by 8-inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise with clean scissors or a sharp knife to make two 1 by 8-inch strips.
  4. Arrange the vanilla Tootsie Roll strips at either end of the cake, about 2 ½ inches from each tip.
  5. Place the white Good & Plenty on top of the football for the laces, as pictured.

For the "grass":

  1. Place the flaked coconut into a medium bowl. Add green food coloring, a few drops of yellow food coloring and 1 Tbsp warm water to the flaked coconut. Rub together until all of the coconut is tinted.
  2. Arrange the coconut "grass" along the base of the cake. all Incredible Birthday Cake Designs