How to Make a Football Cake the Easy Way

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easy Football Cake recipe

Easy Football Cake Recipe

Anytime we gather together to watch the Super Bowl or have a tailgate party for our local high school football team, this cake is a hit! Or should I say, it’s a touchdown! Haha.

The best part about this particular football cake recipe is that it doesn’t require any special pans or tools. All you need is an ovenproof glass measuring cup and you’re good to go! For being such a cool cake, it’s actually pretty easy to make.

ovenproof glass measuring cup

My favorite kitchen tool for this recipe is my 2 quart Ovenproof Glass Batter Bowl.

Cooking football Cake

Baking the Football Cake Recipe

After you mix your cake mix, just grease your ovenproof measuring cup, pour the batter in, and place it straight on the racks of your oven to cook! This has an added bonus of making clean up extremely easy as well!

Cutting football Cake

Shaping the Football

Once your cake is baked, cut the cake down the middle. You’ll then put both of these cake halves together to form your football shape. Easy peasy!

Once your cake has cooled a bit and you have the two sides together (using icing to hold them), spread your chocolate frosting generously over the entire cake. Finally, finish off with marshmallows to form the laces (you could use a white frosting too if you want).

Making the Grass

Take your coconut, put it in a Ziploc bag with the green food coloring, and shake it up to turn your coconut green. Then just sprinkle the coconut around the edges of your football cake to look like grass.


There are a ton of different ways to make a football cake, but I think this is one of the easiest. If you don’t want to use a box cake mix, you could make your own cake mix (and you can use any flavor you’d like).

Also, this cake isn’t just for Super Bowl parties. It would be great for a themed birthday party as well! I hope you enjoy it.

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How to make a football cake easy

How to Make a Football Cake the Easy Way

Easy football cake with coconut grass.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6


  • 8 cup glass measuring cup


  • 1 box Cake Mix whatever flavor is your favorite or make your cake mix from scratch
  • 1 container Chocolate Frosting
  • ½ cup Coconut
  • 3 drops of Green Food Coloring
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows


  • Heat oven to 350°F/175°C.
  • Mix cake mix as directed on box in a medium bowl.
  • Spray 8 cup glass measuring cup with pam.
  • Pour cake mix in 8 cup glass measuring cup.
  • Place cake in oven on the 2nd to lowest rack level for 45 minutes. Stick a butter knife in the middle make sure the cake is done. When the knife comes up clean it's done.
  • Remove cake from oven. Slide butter knife along the inside of the glass pan to loosen the cake. (between the cake & the measuring cup)
  • Turn measuring cup upside down onto cutting board & cake will fall out. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Then cut cake in half. (When you cut the cake start at the top & cut to bottom so you have two halves that are identical.)
  • Place cake on cookie sheet (or whatever tray you would like to serve it on). Lay the cake down so the the long flat sides are on the cookie sheet & the bigger ends (this used to be the top) are facing each other. It will begin to look like a football as you lay it down.
  • Let cool an additional 15 minutes.
  • Frost the middle bigger sides & push them together.
  • Then frost the entire cake.
  • In a ziplock bag place coconut & food coloring, mix well.
  • Gently sprinkle the coconut around the edges of the cake (where it touches the cookie sheet), this will look like grass.
  • Take marshmallows and lay them on the top of the cake in 1 row the length of the cake, then 3 shorter rows the width of the cake.


Calories: 2228kcal | Carbohydrates: 468g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 33g | Sodium: 3633mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 249g
Ingredients: Cake Mix, Chocolate, Coconut, Food Coloring, Frosting, Marshmallows
Meal Type: Desserts, Super Bowl Party
Categories: Cakes and Cupcakes, Oven

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