This yellow cake is adapted from The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread and decorated to look like a football field.
- For the Cake:
- 3 cups (15 ounces) all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons whole milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups plus two tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 large eggs
- For the Frosting:
- 3/4 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 to 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Green food coloring (or blue and yellow in a bind)
- For Football Field Decorations
- A sharpie or black marker
- A sheet of white paper
- 2 wooden skewers
- 6 toothpicks
- An almond
To Make the Cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9- by 12-inch cake pan.
In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking, powder and salt. In small bowl, mix together the milk and vanilla.
In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about four minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape down any dough on sides of bowl.
Add one third of flour mixture to butter and beat until incorporated. Beat in half of milk mixture. Add another third of flour mixture, beat to combine. Mix in remaining milk mixture and last of flour mixture. Beat dough until thick and smooth, about 1 minute.
Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake until cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes, rotating once half way through cooking. If top of the cake begins to get too brown, cover the cake with foil.
Let cake cool for at least ten minutes in pan. Transfer to wire rack and let cool to room temperature.
To Make the Frosting: In bowl of food processor, combine butter, three cups of confectioners sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and lemon juice. Pulse until smooth, about 10 1-second pulses. Add more sugar to taste 1/2 cup at a time, pulsing until incorporated after each addition.
Set 1/4 cup of frosting aside. Add drops of green food coloring and stir until you have desired hue of football field green.
To Make the Decorations Cut two wooden skewers in half. Lay two of the skewer halves side by side about three inches apart. Glue toothpick in between to make crossbar. Repeat with remaining two skewer halves and another toothpick.
Cut out a flag shape from piece of white paper. Write name of your team on it. Glue to toothpick.
To make the referee: Cut out circle from the paper. Draw a happy face on it (He’s at the Super Bowl! He’s excited!). Cut out shirt and draw on his super-slimming vertical black lines. Glue two toothpicks into cross shape. When dry, glue the head to top of vertical toothpick, then glue shirt to horizontal toothpick.
To assemble cake: Frost top layer of cake with green frosting. Use remaining white frosting to draw line markers and end zones. Add goal posts, flags and ref. Place almond in center as football.