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HERSHEY'S Gridiron Cake

Details

Time
4 hours
Skill Level
Beginner
Yields
1 cake

It’s game day and you want to make something special, but how do you make a football field cake? Follow this step-by-step recipe to create the ultimate touchdown for your taste buds. Game day doesn’t get any more delicious than this.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
55 minutes
Bake Time
25 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 can
    ready-to-spread vanilla frosting creamy (16 oz.) , divided
  • 1 tsp
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Special Dark Cocoa
  • food color, green, red and yellow
  • 1-2/3 cups
    HERSHEY'S Premier White Creme Chips
  • 1 package
    REESE'S PIECES Candies (8 oz.)
  • 11
    HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 11
    REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures
  • 3
    HERSHEY'S HUGS Brand Candies
  • 6
    ROLO® Creamy Caramels in Chocolate Candy
  • 2
    Floral craft wire (7-inch lengths)
  • 2
    TWIZZLERS Rainbow Twists
  • Gridiron Cake
  • 1 cup
    water
  • 1 cup
    butter or margarine (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2 cups
    sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 3
    eggs
  • 3/4 cup
    dairy sour cream

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
baking pan baking pan
mixer mixer
mixing  bowl mixing bowl
saucepan saucepan
oven & stovetop oven & stovetop
wire rack wire rack
1

Prepare Gridiron Cake. For chocolate frosting, stir cocoa into 1/3 cup frosting; stir until smooth. Set aside 2 tablespoons chocolate frosting. Tint 1/3 cup frosting orange with 1 drop red food color and 2 drops yellow food color; stir until blended. Tint remaining frosting green with 2 or 3 drops green food color; stir until blended.

2

Mark "end zones", 2 inches wide at each end of cake, using wooden pick; frost one end zone with chocolate frosting and the other end zone with orange frosting. Frost the area between end zones with green frosting; mark 5 yard lines with wooden pick. Place white creme chips all across cake on yard lines.

3

Use white creme chips to spell out "HERSHEY'S" on chocolate end zone; use brown REESE'S PIECES on the goal line. Use yellow REESE'S PIECES to spell out "REESE'S" on orange end zone. Use orange REESE'S PIECES on the goal line.

4

Remove wrappers from chocolates and peanut butter cups. Arrange teams on cake playing field, using HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolates as one team and peanut butter cups as second team. Place HERSHEY'S HUGS Candies as referee officials on the field.

5

Unwrap caramel candies. Make goal posts* in the middle of each goal line on each side of the field by using reserved chocolate frosting to stack and "glue" together 3 caramel candies. Insert floral wire into each twist, bending wire and twist to form "U" shape for goal posts. "Glue" this section with frosting to top of each stack of ROLO®  caramel candies and anchor with portion of wooden pick pushed into top of each stack.

Note

Goal posts are for decorative purposes only and should not be eaten.

Gridiron Cake:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 15-1/2 x10-1/2x1-inch disposable foil baking pan or jelly-roll pan.
  2. Combine water, butter and cocoa in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Stir together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs and sour cream; beat until blended. Add cocoa mixture; beat just until blended (batter will be thin). Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.

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