Hey, it’s the Superbowl! … or maybe it’s not.
Maybe it’s just any other fun occasion at which the most appropriate (certainly the most yummy), fun and edible celebratory confection is a cake made into your favorite super-fun shape! Well, look no further. This cake recipe is one of my all-time favorites, and not just because it is so versatile. It truly makes every occasion happy–because everyone can share something this truly yummy!
Hailing from the parties of our past, where someone invariably brought a store-bought or pridefully displayed homemade cake in some fancy shape, and it was positively devoured on the spot, perhaps before a picture was even snapped of its remarkable resemblance to a medieval castle, a pirate’s treasure chest, a near-life-sized R2D2 or a Spiderman superimposed upon a towering Gotham skyscraper … all out of a meticulously carved and frosted cake.
You know what I’m talking about. You were either embarrassed by your mom or you were secretly jealous because someone else’s mom made one of these amazing cake-idols for a party, and it’s all you remember of the party. Until now. Now you have the opportunity to make any cake you desire, Superbowl or other super-ceremony, … out of cake.
Run, don’t walk, those typing fingers over to my birthday cake recipe and start imagining the possibilities inspired by my Super Bowl Cake! How fun is that? (Trust me, it’s not hard!)
2-Layer Cake Recipe
To make this cake recipe into another shape like a football, use 7-inch round cake pans if your cake design does not need to be as wide and requires a larger crown (like a football).
If using smaller pans like these, the cakes will be thicker and may need to bake for longer. To test the cakes for doneness, insert a cake tester or toothpick in the middle of each cake and be sure it comes out clean. The cakes will also begin to pull away slightly from the sides of the pans. Add time if necessary to fully bake the cakes.
I cut Junior Mints in half for eyeballs with a dot of black frosting in the middle; antennae were cut from gluten-free peel-apart fruit strips!
Shaped cakes like this caterpillar are made using a bundt pan. Bake my white or chocolate cake recipe or use one Jules Gluten Free Cake Mix and bake in the bundt pan, checking for doneness after 35 minutes, adding time as necessary to be sure the cake is baked through. Once cooled, and removed from the pan, cut the bundt cake in half and cut one of the halves again. Arrange pieces touching one another to make this cute crawling caterpillar!
Frostings make the cake, so don’t skimp! Homemade frosting is easy, inexpensive, and not preservative-laden. Plus, following my recipe, you’ll be able to smooth the frosted cake just like a professional!
Buying ready-made frosting in a can may look like the perfect shortcut, but those frostings can be difficult to spread on a cake, and tend to pull the crumbs off and into the frosting.
If you really want to use the ready-made kind though, I’d recommend making cupcakes – they’ll turn out just fine. Companies which have frostings not containing gluten include Pillsbury and Betty Crocker (but always check labels!).
Regarding food colorings (necessary for most shaped or themed cakes), there are several options. Ubiquitous brands like McCormick are gluten-free, but if you are looking for all-natural food colorings, choose brands like Seelect, Nature’s Flavors or India Tree.
Decorative sprinkles are another nice touch – try some from Illinois Nut & Candy, which thoughtfully delineates between its sprinkles which are gluten-free, casein-free, lactose-free, etc. I have also seen “Let’s Do Sprinkelz” (from Germany but distributed in the US by Edward & Sons Trading Co) gluten-free, naturally-colored sprinkles carried by most of the organic grocers near me, so look for those next time you are at your favorite organic grocery. India Tree’s Nature’s Colors line of sprinkles use cabbage and beet juice for colors.
I baked these cupcakes in fun gluten-free cones and the kids had a great time running around the party with them! Let’s Do or Goldbaum’s or Barkat are some good brands of gluten-free cones to look for. So have fun making your next party the tastiest and sweetest yet!
Vanilla or Chocolate Frosting Recipe