Recipe: NFL football birthday cake

My boyfriend enjoys watching NFL, so when I was trying to come up with a suitable birthday cake to make for him I thought this would be perfect. I didn’t want anything too complicated, and found that cutting a section out of a standard sandwich cake made the perfect oval shape.



For the cake:

  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g butter/ baking spread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the frosting:

(you can make your own or use a pre bought chocolate icing mix)

If you want to make your own mix all these ingredients in a bowl:

  • 300 g icing sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100 g melted chocolate

I also used a white icing pen and some pre made icing to make the decorations for the football.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C and grease and line two sandwich tins with greaseproof paper.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add the eggs, flour and cocoa powder until the mixture is combined.
  3. Split the mixture evenly between the two cakes and bake in the oven for around 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out the centre clean.
  4. Leave to completely cool in the tins and then remove.
  5. When the cakes are cooled, pile them on top of one another and cut out around 2cm strip to make the cake an oval shape. Add a small amount of frosting to the middle to stick all four parts together.
  6. Add to a cake board and then cover with the chocolate frosting. When the cake is completely covered, cut out two strips of icing and add to either edge, and then add the “stitching” in writing icing pen in the middle of the cake.




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