A co-worker asked my wife if I could make a Steelers Homemade Football Helmet Cake for her son's birthday. My wife said "Probably, he never made one before". I agreed to try it. I borrowed a real helmet from the football coach. Took a bunch of pictures and then made 3/4 size printouts as a guide for the rough shape.
The cake is a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling, carved to size and shape coated in vanilla buttercream. I froze the cake to help with the carving. I made and colored the fondant for everything but the mask. The mask was made out of gum paste. Each loop was shaped and dried then water "glued" to each other. The nose piece was made last, notched, and "glued" so it would hold the loops when dried.
The text is screen printed with a mix of food coloring, vodka, and confectioner's sugar on white fondant. The text dried for two days so I could make sure it didn't bleed. Each diamond in the logo was hand cut from fondant and attached to the white circle, then the gray ring was cut. I used circle cutters for all of it. The diamond curves are arcs. The white inside the helmet and in the ear hole were done to mimic the white padding in a real helmet.
The fondant "straps" on the helmet that hold the mask really do hold the mask. I propped up the mask over night so the straps could set up. The cake was a huge hit with the birthday boy and his mom. It was an amazing experience.
I made this homemade football field birthday cake for my son Jonathan's 6th birthday. Every year I try to make him whatever he wants and because he loves Penn State Football he wanted me to make him a PSU football cake.
This homemade football field birthday cake was a lot of fun but pretty time consuming. It was the first time I had used marshmallow fondant that I had also made from scratch. But I think in the end it all turned out pretty good! :) My son loved it and that's what counts!
The base of the cake (the field) was made with chocolate cake using a large metal cake pan that held 3 boxes of cake mix -- sorry not sure of the actual size (borrowed it from a friend). The cake was iced with white icing that I dyed green with regular food coloring. Then it was covered with coconut that I had also dyed green for that grassy look.
For the football I made homemade rice krispies and molded them into a life size football shape then flattened the bottom so it would lay flush on the cake. I covered the rice krispie football with white icing and then with white fondant which I later painted with brown food coloring. The lion and end zones were also made from fondant which I had also painted with the food coloring because I couldn't get it to turn the desired color by kneading it.