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Hershey's ® Gridiron Cake

Hershey's ® Gridiron Cake

HersheysKitchens.com

Chocolate sheet cake decorated to look like a football field with chocolate Kisses and peanut butter cups as the players.

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  • Calories:
  • 560 kcal
  • 28%
  • Fat:
  • 27.3 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 73.2g
  • 24%
  • Protein:
  • 7 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 343 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 15-1/2 x10-1/2x1-inch disposable foil baking pan or jelly-roll pan.
  2. Combine water, butter and cocoa in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Stir together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs and sour cream; beat until blended. Add cocoa mixture; beat just until blended (batter will be thin). Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.
  5. For chocolate frosting, stir cocoa into 1/3 cup frosting; stir until smooth. Tint 1/3 cup frosting orange with 1 drop red food color and 2 drops yellow food color; stir until blended. Tint remaining frosting green with 2 or 3 drops green food color; stir until blended.
  6. Mark "end zones", 2 inches wide at each end of cake, using wooden pick; frost one end zone with chocolate frosting and the other end zone with orange frosting. Frost the area between end zones with green frosting; mark 5 yard lines with wooden pick. Place white chips all across cake on yard lines.
  7. Use white chips to spell out "HERSHEY'S" on chocolate end zone; use brown Reese's Pieces on the goal line. Use yellow Reese's Pieces to spell out "REESE'S" on orange end zone. Use orange Reece's Pieces on the goal line.
  8. Remove wrappers from Kisses, peanut butter cups and Hugs. Arrange teams on cake playing field, using Kisses as one team and peanut butter cups as second team. Place Hugs as referee officials on the field.
  9. Unwrap Rolos; for goal posts, stack 3 Rolos in the middle of each goal line on each side of field. Shape strawberry twists into "U" shapes for goal posts. "Glue" with frosting to top of each stack of Rolos.
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CHK1
18
1/24/2004

Confession -- my dh cheated and used (gasp!) a BOX MIX for the cake part. Still quite tasty. THe decorating was fun for him. Use Reese Sticks for the goal posts. Licorice just seemed impossible without even knowing others had tried it... that stuff won't hold a shape! The chocolate Reese sticks hold together fairly well. DH used one long stick, topped by a sideways-long stick, then a half-stick on each end to make the post, and this worked well. A dab of icing at the joints helps, too. And dh used gold-foil-wrapped mini Reese cups for the goal post holders, and stuck a toothpick down through them for stability. THe tiny tip of toothpick sticking through the top and bottom help secure this to the cake and to the Reese stick goal post. One last suggestion: a 1st down marker (2 toothpicks and a string), a score board (dh was out of control!), and Hershey kiss cheerleaders (dh had them stacked in a little pyramid, in their foil wrappers, with the little "kiss' paper representing a pom-pom, I guess!) Dh also had a "bench" on each side of field (another Reese stick) with benched players. And two choc chips, stuck together at the fat ends, made a super football. THis cake was fun to watch him prepare, because HE DOESN"T BAKE. I guess the theme just inspired him!

Esmee Williams
16
8/29/2002

I just made this cake for my son's 5th birthday. It turned out sooooooo incredibly cute, not to mention delicious. I'm planning on making another one for my Super Bowl get together.

MTAD
15
1/22/2004

I have the secret on how to bend the goal post (thanks to my husband!). Pull the licorice in the microwave 6-8 secs. The licorice will be soft, then you form the goal posts & let it set for 10-15 minutes. If you microwave too long the licorice will be really hard and unable to eat. I had lots of fun with this receipe, even my husband joined in on the decorating. I also used Raiders & Bucs in the endzone. Great Receipe!