Buddy Valastro's Carved Football Cake

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, February 3, 2012

Aired February 3, 2012

Serves HASH(0x3f78ff0)
1 recipe Buddy's Vanilla Cake
1 recipe Buddy's Decorator's Buttercream
1 recipe Buddy's Chocolate Fudge Frosting
1 recipe Buddy's Chocolate Ganache


Prepare the cake: Prepare a quadruple layer cake on a lined rectangular cardboard piece, filling it with the filling of your choice.


Using a serrated knife, cut the ends of the sheet cake to make a point. Keep carving the sides of the cake to mimic the shape of a football. TIP: The cake should be chilled to prevent the frosting from slipping.


Once carved, lightly brush off any crumbs.


Ice the cake in a thin layer of buttercream. TIP: We used chocolate buttercream, make by combining equal parts vanilla buttercream and chocolate fudge frosting.


Lift cake onto a rack, and gently ladle melted ganache over the top of the cake.


Let covered cake sit for 15 minutes, or until the ganache sets.


Using a number 7 tip, a horizontal line in the center of the cake, and pipe lines crossing over it to resemble laces.


Using a leaf tip, pipe two vertical lines on each side of the cake to represent football laces.


Using a grass tip, gently pipe grass along the seam of the cake.