Grasshopper Football Cakes

Raven Higheagle

By
@ravenhigheagle

Cleverly cut mints and a thick layer of buttercream embellish chocolate cake. A must have at all your Game Day, Super Bowl, and Tailgating Parties.


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Rating:

Serves:

Serves 16

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

1 1/4 c
unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pans
3 c
all-purpose flour
3 c
sugar
3 tsp
baking soda
1 1/4 tsp
baking powder
1 1/4 tsp
salt
4 large
eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 c
warm water
1 fl
whole milk
1/2 c
sour cream
2/3 c
unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pans
1 1/4 tsp
pure vanilla extract

FOR THE FROSTING

4 large
large egg whites
1 c
sugar
12 oz
(3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cut into tablespoons
5 Tbsp
tablespoons creme de menthe
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
24
andes creme de menthe candies
42
white sprinkles

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Make the cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 2 8-by-12-inch cake pans.
2
Line bottom with parchment, then butter parchment, and dust with cocoa powder. Tap out excess.
3
Whisk cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
4
Stir in eggs, warm water, milk, sour cream, butter, and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
5
Pour half the batter into each of the prepared pans. Bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
6
Let cakes cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert cake onto rack, and let cool.
7
Cakes will keep, unfrosted and covered, overnight.
8
Make the frosting:
Mix whites and sugar in a mixer bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
9
Heat, whisking constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm, 2 to 3 minutes.
10
Remove from heat. Whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
11
Add butter, several tablespoons at a time, whisking after each addition.
12
Add creme de menthe and vanilla, and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
13
Using a paring knife, cut corners off mint candies to shape each into a football.
14
Press 3 sprinkles onto each, using frosting as glue.
15
Frost cooled cake. Arrange footballs on cakes in 4 rows of 3.
16
Cakes will keep, covered, for up to 4 days. Slice just before serving.

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