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How can you make a football-shaped cake?

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A football-shaped cake can be made by baking a round cake as well as a square one, then splitting and trimming the square one to fit around the round cake to form a football shape. The cake is then decorated with brown frosting and white icing stripes to resemble laces.

A football cake can be made using any favorite from-scratch cake recipe, or by using a boxed mix. Frosting likewise may be purchased or homemade. To make a football cake:

Step 1: Prepare the cake batter

There should be enough to make one 8-inch round cake and one 8-inch square cake. Most mixes contain enough product for both and require only water, oil and eggs to be added.

Step 2: Bake the cakes

First, prepare the pans by coating with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Then, divide the batter equally between the pans and bake at the temperature indicated on the box or in the recipe until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Step 3: Shape the cake

Divide the square cake diagonally to make two triangles. Then, place the cut edges on the sides of the round cake and trim away a rounded piece from the cut edges to fit around the round cake. This will result in a football shape, which can be trimmed as needed.

Step 4: Decorate the cake

Coat the outside with a thick layer of chocolate buttercream frosting. Then, pipe white frosting in the center to resemble the pattern of football laces.

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