I made this cake for the Superbowl party! What a wonderful day it was!! From the first 12 seconds of the first half, to the first 12 seconds of the second half, to the last 12 seconds of the game: My-o-my, what a game!!
What a day, too, it was for CAKE!
In addition to this cake and a whole bunch of cupcakes for the Superbowl party at our son’s house, I made another football cake/cupcakes just like these for a special birthday surprise party that same day.
this cupcake is one of the varieties I made…
I’m showing you a (sort of blurry, sorry) close up so that you can see the cupcakes paper on this one… these are printed with grass motif and are quite a bit taller than regular cupcake liner papers–the effect is nice, and the candies are better contained. To keep with the colour theme of blue & green *and* Skittles®, I pulled out all the blue and green Skittles® On the cake plate, I sprinkled Sixlets® candies.
If I ever have to pull out certain colours of candies in the future, this experience has taught me, I’ll have no trouble finding volunteers to eat the rest! :o)
Our son and daughter-in-law made all sorts of delicious foods—dips, fish tacos, salsas and more.
I loved making this cake and all the swirly cupcakes topped with green & blue Skittles®, green & blue M & M’s® candies — and bright, colourful Skittles! I topped some of the cupcakes with bright green Sixlets® candies.
For the frosting, I made a whole bunch of buttercream — some to go on the cake, between the layers under the ganache and under the fondant — and some to colour different shades of green & blue.
Here’s a Tip:
To create the three tone or the two tone swirls, I put one colour in a ziplock (cut of 1/4″ of the corner), squeeze the frosting into a “log” to the corner point and set it down into the frosting bag and repeat the same thing with another colour in another bag, also inserting it into the frosting bag and squeezing them down together — I use this method when I don’t want the colours to blend. Looking for more of a blend for the blue and green, I spooned the blue frosting inside one side of the bag and then carefully spooned the green on top of the blue down inside the bag. And then, I carefully pressed it but not twisting it much.
To pipe a swirl on the top of cupcakes , I use a Wilton® ‘M’ tip — I like it the best for swirls! But if you don’t have an ‘M’ tip, you can use any wide ‘star tip’ you have and start piping just beside the middle and swirl in a circle, tucking the end of the swirl under the edge of the circle to make it look like one continuous circular motion.
I made the football out of a 5″ square pan that’s 3″ tall. I was counting on the dome of the cake to give me a rounded effect. When it was cooled, I cut off two opposite sides of the cake. This gave me a domed “boat” looking cake, so I continued to “shave it” into a football shape. When I was pleased with the shape, I frosted it and then covered it with fondant I’d coloured brown. I rolled out the fondant into a sort of pointed oval shape and fitted it over the cake ‘football’ —working quickly to smooth the fondant over the shape and pressing it out so as to eliminate puckers and wrinkles. I used strips of white fondant to make the two football strips — one near each end and then I used a spiked rolling wheel to make three seams in the football… one from tip to tip over the top and one on each side; then I cut two very-very thin strips to make the lacing, and five of the same thin strips cut into 1/2 inch lengths to ‘secure’ the lacing. I used a point to ‘poke’ the ends into the fondant ball so the lacing would look more authentic.
I liked it well enough to leave it alone… my biggest problems in cake decorating over the years has been over-messing with cakes. Do you do that sometimes, too? I put the finished ball on top of the candies topping the green ‘grass’ I’d piped on top of the fondant covered, three layer cake.
many blessings to you ♥
p.s. My local supplier is Dawn’s Candy & Cake