Gridiron Sheet Cake
This football field-decorated sheet cake is sure to impress at your next tailgate or viewing party.
- Serves: 16 persons
- 1cup water
- 1cup butter
- ¼cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2cups all-purpose flour
- 2cups white sugar
- ½teaspoon salt
- ½cup sour cream
- 1teaspoon baking soda
- ½cup butter, softened
- ½cup shortening
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4cups confectioners' sugar
- 2tablespoons milk
- 2tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3drops green food coloring
- piping bags and tips
- wooden toothpicks or skewers
- 6chocolate-covered caramel candies (such as Rolo®)
- 4pretzel sticks
- 1(5 ounce) bag gummy bears
- 1cup boiling water
- 1(12 ounce) package white chocolate chips
- 1(12 ounce) bag dark chocolate chips
Step 1Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a jelly roll pan.
Step 2Bring water, butter, and cocoa powder to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in flour, white sugar, and salt.
Step 3Beat eggs, sour cream, and baking soda in a bowl; stir into flour mixture until just blended. Pour batter into the prepared jelly roll pan.
Step 4Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cake cool completely.
Step 5Make frosting while cake is cooling. Cream butter, shortening, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl. Blend in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk; continue beating until frosting is light and fluffy.
Step 6Divide frosting into 3 bowls. Mix cocoa powder into the first bowl until it's dark and chocolaty. Mix green food coloring into the second bowl. Set third bowl aside. Fill 3 piping bags with the chocolate, green, and plain frosting; attach round tips.
Step 7Use a ruler to measure out 2 equal 'end zones' on each side of the cooled cake. Use a skewer or toothpick to poke a few holes to mark where the end zones will be.
Step 8Pipe a big green square 'playing field' between the end zones. Cover the entire square with green frosting; smooth out using a small offset spatula.
Step 9Create the end zones. Pipe a rectangle on one side of the field using chocolate frosting. Fill the rectangle with frosting; smooth out with a clean offset spatula. Repeat on the other side of the field using the plain buttercream.
Step 10Place cake in the freezer for 1 hour. In the meantime, make your decorations.
Step 11Stack 3 caramel candies and glue them together with chocolate frosting. Snap 1 pretzel stick in half and use chocolate frosting to glue one half to each end of a full stick. Adhere to the top of the caramels with more frosting. Repeat to make another goalpost.
Step 12Sort gummy bears into 2 sets of team colors.
Step 13Fill a mug with boiling water and place offset spatula inside. Remove the cake from the freezer. Thoroughly dry the spatula and use it to smooth any lumpy frosting on the cake. Repeat if the spatula cools down.
Step 14Carefully plot out chalk lines for the field using a ruler and toothpick or skewer. Draw 6 dotted lines 1 inch apart. Carefully cover all of the dotted lines with white chocolate chips.
Step 15Line each end zone with dark chocolate chips to create a border with the field, leaving room for the goalposts in the middle. Arrange gummy bears on the field.