Patriots Helmet Cake Tutorial – Does cake bring good luck?

I have to start this post with a disclaimer – I am not a Patriots fan! Now, that doesn’t mean I am not supportive of my husband’s team when they play (and aren’t playing my team – the Eagles). Usually it’s not a problem since we are in different conferences, and it’s especially not a problem since this season my team blows. That being said, I decided to post this cake I made a couple of years ago for my husband’s birthday in response to the upcoming game this Sunday that will decide if the Pats move to the AFC Championship. Go Pats!

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For this cake I used the homemade funfetti cake recipe I blogged about previously. I also made the Sprinkles vanilla buttercream recipe for decorating and layering.

Here’s how I made the cake.

Football Helmet Cake Tutorial 

What you’ll need:

  • Four 8 or 9 inch cake rounds about 2 inches high
  • Buttercream icing (double a regular recipe for a two layer 9 inch cake)
  • Food coloring matching your team’s colors
  • Dense rice krispie treat (recipe here, just press a regular rice krispie treat down more than usual)
  • Sharp knife

Directions:

1.  Stack the four layers of cake like you would a normal cake, using a thing layer of buttercream between each layers. I used tin foil underneath to help with easier clean up later on. 

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2.  Then press the rice krispie mixture in the same size pan (8 or 9 inch). Take it out of the pan and cut off about 1/3 of it. Use the other 2/3 to line up against the side of the cake so you know how to cut it into a moon shape and it will be flush with the side of the cake. Here it is lined up next to the cake.

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3.  Then start cutting around the top of the cake until it is nice and round like a helmet. I lost some of these photos, so I can’t show you many in between photos.

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Here the rice krispie is already flush with the side.

4.  Start rounding out the bottom a little by cutting inward at the bottom of the cake. Then start cutting into the cake near the rice krispie section to cut out the face of the helmet.

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And then crumb coat the cake.

5.  Then apply a thicker coat of the buttercream to give the helmet a nice and smooth look. Then you can start decorating. I start with the wire frame. I used a wide round tip.

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Then I practiced the logo a little on a piece of paper before piping it on the cake.

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And finally finished the decoration.

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I put the logo on both sides of the helmet. Then I wrote Happy Birthday on the top of the cake and the bottom part of the helmet. I tried to write his name like how they write Patriots.

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It’s not perfectly straight, but it was the first time I had written on a round surface.

This is how I did my helmet cake. I wonder if this post, and this cake (although completely eaten and gone) will bring good luck to the Pats on Sunday…

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