My sister-in-law asked me to make my brother's 30th birthday cake. So, being that my brother is a HUGE Greenbay Packer fan, I decided to make a football field cake with a football coming out of the middle of the field and his 4 favorite Packer players made from candy clay and icing.
The first thing I did was made his Packer players out of the brownie pop mold from Wilton. They were formed with fondant jerseys, candy clay legs, arms and heads and then used royal icing to pipe all the details. I made these 2 days before we went to Georgia for his birthday. I also made the numbers and lines for the football field ahead of time with Color Flow icing that turns hard like candy when it dries.
When I got to Georgia, I made the field out of a rectangular cake pan and the football from the Wilton football pan. For the football, I cut it in half and pasted the two sides together for a half 3D football. I used fondant to cover the football and the laces and green fondant for the field. After assembling the football I pushed a dowel through the football and into the field cake. I then placed the players on the cake.
When the guests arrived, they were so impressed with this Packer Football birthday cake because they didn't realize that it was a cake. They thought it was just a decoration. Everyone loved it! P.S. I make my own fondant out of marshmallows because the store bought is too expensive and tastes like chemicals. People actually eat my homemade fondant!
The Saints birthday cake is a vanilla cake layered with Caramel butter cream and chocolate ganache and chopped pecans. I iced it with plain butter cream and used chocolate for the decoration pieces.
The field is piped by hand using a start tip and the chocolate was all piped free hand. I made it for my boyfriend's 26th birthday, the Saints are his favorite. It got great reactions and as my second layer cake I think it looks good (I usually stick to cupcakes).
This Pittsburgh Steelers Cake is two sheet cakes with a strawberry filling in the middle. I made all the frosting and colored it appropriate colors. I shaped the football from fondant and used a small craft stick\dowel rod to hold it on the cake.
I printed out a picture of my dad's favorite players and wrapped it in plastic wrap. I then placed the picture on the cake and made a buttercream frame around the edges.
I used my writer's for this cake. (bags and tips). Lot's of green food coloring. I used a large paintbrush to paint on the green icing to give the look of grass. Hand drawn team logo. Placed over cake and used as a guide. Then discarded. I always use box mixes, and never whipped frosting. (too gooey) Add a splash of vanilla extract to each mix. Gives it a nice taste.