Dark Chocolate Football Cake

It’s been one hell of a week….

Get your game on with this dark chocolate football cake! Some people have mentioned it's the best chocolate cake recipe they've had yet. It's so moist, chocolaty, and delicious. Bakerette.comI’m fried. I’m wasted. I’m spent. And I haven’t even begun drinking yet. Oh wait…I don’t drink. Well, I drink water and juice and soy, but no alcohol. I know, I lead a boring life. I mean, I don’t even get drunk when I’ve had a bad week? I actually have to be present to face my problems? How. Boring. Is. That?!

So what’s the next best thing to alcohol to drown out my sorrows? I’m thinking chocolate comes in a close first. Maybe this hot chocolate oatmeal might do the trick…nah, that’s on the healthier side. I’m out to destroy myself. You know, binging on something GOOD not healthy. Ha-ha.

I’m thinking this Football Dark Chocolate Cake smothered in chocolate buttercream frosting (and a little white buttercream frosting to boot) might do the trick! It’s very moist, chocolaty, and delicious. So bring over your fork and pull up a chair because we’re going to binge on this cake even B4 the game begins!

Essie O. from Chicago said about this cake recipe:

“I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to make a friend’s wedding cake. We tried several chocolate cake recipes, including this one. We had two finalists: this recipe and another more complex cake. We actually took the cakes to a restaurant and had others help with the decision. Hands down, this cake was the winner!! Guests at the wedding also loved it and kept complimenting me. It’s so moist and chocolaty.”

Recipe inspired by Marg at CaymanDesigns

Get your game on with this dark chocolate football cake! Some people have mentioned it's the best chocolate cake recipe they've had yet. It's so moist, chocolaty, and delicious. Bakerette.com

Dark Chocolate Football Cake
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Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Cake, Occasions
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 slices
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • To Decorate:
  • Football-shaped cake pan
  • Chocolate decorator icing (medium consistency)
  • White decorator icing (medium consistency)
  • Star decorating tip #16 or #17
  • Round decorating tip #5 or #6
  • Open Star decorating tip #20
  • Decorating bags
  1. Cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Spray the inside of the pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. (You can find the pan at Bakerette's aStore.)
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the beaten egg, milk, oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for two minutes.
  6. Pour into the prepared cake pan until about one-half full. Place in the oven on a prepared baking sheet lined with foil to prevent overflow. Make sure the cake pan is balanced in the oven so it bakes as evenly as possible.
  7. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove and let cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before decorating.
  9. To Decorate:
  10. Using the Round Tip, outline the stripes of the football with white buttercream frosting.
  11. Next, pipe in the white laces using the Open Star Tip and white buttercream frosting. Do this by piping the long lace first and then the short laces crossing over.
  12. Using the Star Tip, fill in the the football stripes with white buttercream frosting. Hold the bag at a 90-degree angle, squeeze the bag to form a star. Increase or decrease pressure to change the star size. After squeezing out a star, be sure to stop pressure completely before you pull your tip away. This will give you a perfectly formed star without high peaks.
  13. Using the Star Tip, fill in the rest of the football with the chocolate buttercream frosting using the same technique described in #3 above.
  14. Now step back and admire your cake! You did a great job!
About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. Is there anything that you can’t do? Now you’re a professional cake decorator? This turned out fabulous!! Sure do love your blog!

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