How to Make a Football Cake

Updated July 20, 2017

Honour your favourite sports fan with a special football cake he’ll appreciate. It’s an imaginative addition to any birthday party or sporting event, such as a Super Bowl get-together or your child's football team celebration. Show off your creativity and bake the cake at home to add your own personal touches.

Bake a loaf-pan cake using a boxed mix. Let it cool before removing from the pan and placing on a cake platter.

Carve the cake with a bread knife to resemble the shape of the top half of a football. Shape the football slightly pointed but with rounded ends on the right and left sides. Trim the top edges off the long sides to round the top of the football. You have your football shape.

Frost the cake completely with the milk-chocolate icing.

Mash the white tootsie rolls flat lengthwise with a rolling pin. Connect four to create a stripe 1 inch wide and 7 inches long and the other four for a second stripe. If necessary, heat the candy in the microwave for a second to help flatten. Lay the stripes 2 1/2 inches from each end across the whole cake. Place the white jelly beans for the laces in the centre top--one vertical, one horizontal, one vertical, one horizontal, one vertical, one horizontal.

Put 3 cups of flaky coconut into a bowl with a couple drops of green food colouring and stir with a fork until all the coconut is green for the grass. This goes all around the cake on the tray to represent the grass on a field.


The kids will love helping roll the tootsie rolls, placing the jelly beans and making green coconut grass.

Things You'll Need

  • Boxed cake mix
  • 9-by-5 loaf pan
  • Cake platter
  • Bread knife
  • Can milk-chocolate frosting
  • 8 white tootsie rolls
  • Rolling pin
  • 6 white jelly beans
  • Green food colouring
  • 3 cups flaky coconut
  • Bowl
  • Fork
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