I made this Football Helmet Birthday Cake for our son for his tenth birthday. He LOVES Texas Longhorns so I just had to attempt to make him one. The top of the cake was baked in the Wilton ball pan which was then placed on top of two 9″ round cakes.
I used 3 boxes of cake mix for this cake and the icing is the Wilton crusting buttercream recipe from the Wilton site. I doubled the icing recipe in order to have enough. I crumb coated the cakes before I layered them and carved off a little less than half of the layer cakes for the face mask “hole”.
I then carved off any excess from the sides to round it up. The face guard is made from pipe cleaners. The longhorns are made out of royal icing with orange and a little brown food coloring mixed in. I printed off a longhorn template from the internet, taped some wax paper over that(on a flat surface) and just piped the icing over the image. I then removed the wax paper(with icing on it) and taped it down to the side of the ball pan so when it dried it would have the shape of the side of the helmet.
For the black icing in the “hole” of the face mask, I used canned chocolate icing with a little black food coloring mixed in. I used the Viva paper towel method to get the icing as smooth as I could. I also used a couple of wooden dowels in the cake for support.
I think it turned out pretty good for my first sculpted cake and our son was VERY happy with it.