Happy Sunday! This week’s feature cake was made for my friend’s husband, Adam, for his birthday. He is man of few interests: family, music, and Notre Dame football! This presented a challenge – how to combine music and football into one cake!
His wife, Stefanie, came up with the coolest idea! A football-shaped cake with a musical score on the laces, and a set of piano keys and a guitar fret instead of the usually white lines on the ends of the football. I thought it was a fantastic idea…just wish I had thought of it :)
I started by carving the basic shape of the football…very basic at this point!
Then I went back and trimmed it until I got the shape just right. Next, I frosted it with chocolate buttercream….oh so yummy! It takes a little while to get the frosting so smooth. But, if there are any imperfections in the buttercream, they will show through the fondant.
I covered the cake with a reddish-brownish colored fondant. I usually use crumbled aluminum foil to add texture to the fondant so it looks more like a football. Unfortunately, I was completely out of aluminum foil, so I searched around the kitchen for something to add texture. In the back of my cooking utensil drawer, I found my meat tenderizer…it created the perfect look! Necessity is the mother of invention :)
Next, I cut out a guitar fret and piano keys from white fondant...
Then laid them on cake...
After painting on some details, the cake was done!
The notes on the laces are actually from the Notre Dame fight song!
Adam and Stefanie were both thrilled with the cake! It is always so much fun making cakes for my friends!
I've been baking cookies like crazy this week, so next week I'll share several recipes...Molasses cookies, Raspberry almond thumbprints, Chocolate-dipped butter cookies with toasted coconut, and Chocolate peppermint crackle cookies. Happy baking!