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Dense Chocolate Cake and Game Day Party

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Dense Chocolate Cake made with Pepsi™ and stuffed with SNICKERS® Mini is the perfect center piece for a football themed party.

Happy Monday my friends, how did the weekend go? I know, it always flies by so fast, I hope at least everyone had a good time. I have a very busy week ahead of me, so I am starting it with a very fun and delicious post, for a good start. Did my American readers spend their Sunday watching football? Yes, so did we, but we also spent it eating good food. I can never let an opportunity to eat cake slip away from me, so today I will be sharing with you the details of a delicious Dense Chocolate Cake crafted specifically for a Big Game Party. I will also tell you how I get ready to host my parties.

Dense Chocolate CakeSo lets dive into all this fun and delicious football thing 🙂 it can be pretty amazing! Now, when I plan a party I go thru a few key questions that are first on my list:

  1. What is my budget?
  2. How many people are coming?
  3. Do those people have any allergies?
  4. Any specific diets: vegetarian or vegan?

Based on these key answers I start crafting my menu, trying to make sure that I have food that everyone will enjoy and that I have enough left to spend on decorations to make my party festive.

Dense Chocolate CakeIn terms of themed Big Game decorations, I try to invest in a few center pieces and smaller pieces:

  1. Football Lanterns – you can either put them on the table, thru the house, or hanging from the ceiling
  2. Football Whirls – they are very easy to attach to the ceiling and they add a pop of color, looking nice and shiny
  3. Big Game toothpicks – they are colorful and can be used on cakes and appetizers
  4. Big Game straws – these are extra fun to sip on that Pepsi™
  5. Big Game table runner – this one is a must in my opinion, a football field table runner will add a nice touch to your party and can be also used for fun games, or another idea is to set up different foods based on the yard marks 🙂

Pepsi™dense chocolate cake 6023The Dense Chocolate Cake is basically a chocolate brownie football field that was stuffed with SNICKERS® Mini, covered in green mint buttercream, and on top of it lays a chocolate football ball made with Pepsi™. This Dense Chocolate Cake is actually very easy to make, and I have some step by step photos that will help you follow the recipe.

dense chocolate cake 1 CollageThe above photo showed you how to make the football field for the Dense Chocolate Cake. Now here is how you make the top part:

dense chocolate cake 1 CollageYou put the football ball on the field cake and you get a very Big Game Dense Chocolate Cake that was actually super easy to make.

dense chocolate cake 1 CollageThese Dense Chocolate Cake is chocolaty and refreshing and your guests will love it!

I also like to have some appetizers on hand, I usually go for chips and salsa like TOSTITOS® and their Medium Chunky Salsa is a hit with everyone. I especially like the TOSTITOS® Scoops, you can get a lot of salsa into those little guys. If I have enough time, I try to whip a homemade salsa as well, just to have a few options, one that I really like is this Mango Jalapeño Salsa.

dense chocolate cake 3 CollageIts flavorful, its spicy, its got the heat and its perfectly balanced by the sweet mango!

dense chocolate cake 6015We also usually order some pizza right before the guests should come, or we just quickly bake some wings, they are always a hit, and it doesn’t require much prep time, which I think its always a bonus for the hostess.

dense chocolate cake PIN CollageTo add more color and fun to the table I fill glasses with Skittles®, people just love to grab some and munch thru the game. We keep cold Pepsi™ and ice on hand as well. Never forget to refrigerate the drinks before the party, having a cooler on hand is actually a great idea.

dense chocolate cake 6021

dense chocolate cake 6028I hope you have a fun Big Game Party!

5.0 from 11 reviews
Football Shaped Chocolate Cake
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A dense chocolate cake made with Pepsi™ and stuffed with SNICKERS® Mini is the perfect center piece for a football themed party.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 14 slices
  • For the Field Layer:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 ounces / 2 sticks melted butter + 2 tablespoons for greasing the pan
  • 1 cups cocoa, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup full fat yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 28 SNICKERS® Mini
  • Pepsi™ Football Cake
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 ounces / 2 sticks butter + 2 tablespoons for greasing the pan
  • ½ cup cocoa, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Pepsi™
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Mint Buttercream:
  • 8 ounces / 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 7 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • Green gel food coloring
  1. For the Field Layer:
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Place a baking sheet (parchment paper) in an 8-inch pan so it covers the bottom and 2 sides (to facilitate the cake removal). Butter the pan and set aside.
  4. In a mixer fitted with the wire attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow, add the sugar and beat until combined. Add remaining ingredients (except mini SNICKERS®), and mix to combine.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, press the SNICKERS® Mini well into the cake and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool down.
  6. Pepsi™ Football Cake
  7. Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl, set aside. In a medium sauce pan, heat the butter, cocoa, and 1 cup of Pepsi™ to boiling and pour over the flour mixture. Mix until combined.
  8. Add heavy cream, eggs, and vanilla extract, mix well.
  9. Pour batter into prepared football shaped pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Remove cake from over and let it cool completely before frosting.
  11. Mint Buttercream:
  12. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners sugar, mint extract and milk to achieve the desired consistency.
  13. Save a few tablespoons of white buttercream to decorate the football ball.
  14. To the rest add green gel food coloring and mix until combined.
  15. Assemble:
  16. Frost the field cake with green mint buttercream. Place the football ball cake on top and decorate with white buttercream.
  17. Serve.

5.0 from 11 reviews
Mango Jalapeno Salsa
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A delicious and easy to make salsa, balances sweet mango, tangy and juicy tomatoes with a touch of heat from the jalapeño.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 2 red tomatoes, chopped,
  • 2 yellow tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped,
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 mango, sliced and chopped
  • juice of half lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt pepper
  • Cilantro, chopped
  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, mango, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Add ½ of the jalapeno pepper, and taste. If you prefer your salsa hotter, add the remaining ½ jalapeño.
  2. Cover the salsa, and chill until ready to serve.



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59 comments on “Dense Chocolate Cake and Game Day Party”

  1. so beautiful, looks like a lot of work for this one 🙂

  2. What a party and what a cake! wow! I would love to make this cake for our Super Bowl party!

  3. My hubby is a chocoholic this would be a perfect dessert for Game day! I can’t wait to make this for him.

  4. That cake looks so yummy! There’s nothing like a nice, moist cake. It’s perfect for any situation.

  5. I love the Superbowl. I always want to have a party, but with it being a Sunday I settle for family party. I would love to make this cake though. We love chocolate.

  6. I love the chocolate football cake! A lot of recipes have floated through social media, in preparation of the BIG game! This one by far has me hooked! Thank you for sharing!

  7. oh my gosh that cake looks delicious!! Well the whole spread is pretty awesome but that cake tho….

  8. Your party treats look amazing! I would never think to turn a chocolate cake into a football.

  9. I never would have thought of putting Snickers in a cake, but I bet it tastes SO good! Totally creative and unexpected — I love it!

  10. That is a great chocolate cake for the game day! This makes me more excited for the Super Bowl! 🙂

  11. That cake looks fantastic. I don’t even watch the Superbowl but I’d like that snack station. LOL

  12. Just asked my friend if she wanted to have a Super Bowl party with me. I want to make fun stuff like this! I can’t wait for the big game. Panthers have it.

  13. Can I come to your house for the Superbowl? You have everything you need to have a fun party!

  14. That is a pretty awesome cake ! I love everything you did here, so creative and fun !

  15. Not only does that look cute, but it sounds delicious! It would be perfect for the big game party!

  16. That cake looks amazingly delicious !! I am so not a baker at all, I had such a craving for sweets yesterday and we went out to our local bakery and picked up sweets!

  17. What a way to spend the time for the upcoming big game day. Love the recipe and that chocolate cake, oh wow!

  18. I am a huge fan of chocolate cake! i really want to try this right now..

  19. What an awesome giveaway! I love this set up as well. So awesome, would love to be at your house during the game. =)

  20. That cake looks so good. I wouldn’t want to cut into it and mess it up! Same goes for the snackstadium.

  21. The cake looks amazing! What a fun game day party. I will bookmark your recipe for later.

  22. That cake looks so delicious. These are great game day snack ideas.

  23. I have been seeing a lot of game day treat ideas . I can totally see myself difgging in to that cake.

  24. Awesome game day food ideas! I love the cake and think it is perfect for the upcoming game day watching!

  25. These are great food ideas! I love the football cake. That is really awesome! I may need to make one of those for the big Superbowl game!

  26. These are amazing recipes and decorations for a game day party indeed. I love how this cake looks and sounds along with the mango jalapeno salsa. Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing these ideas.

  27. Isn’t that chunky salsa heavenly? I just love it and buy it all the time. When it comes to any sort of party, you just cant go wrong with chocolate yummies.

  28. Oh my that cake looks so delicious my mouth is watering!!! If only we could reach through the screen and steal a piece! What a fun set up for a football party!

  29. That’s a CAKE?!?!? WOW!!!! That’s brilliant. I love how you turned it into a themed shape. I’ve tried doing a theme cake before, not a football though, but it didn’t quite turn out how I had planned.

  30. This is the cutest super bowl party I have ever seen. I have never thrown and Super Bowl party, but this makes me want to.

  31. Now that’s an amazing cake! Looks like you are all ready for the game!

  32. I love how the cake turned out! It is perfect for game day!! (client)

  33. That is certainly perfect for a Game Day party. That chocolate looks and sounds delicious in every sense of the word!

  34. That cake looks so moist! I can see myself staying in the kitchen stuffing my face while everyone is watching the game lol

  35. I don’t care who is in the super bowl this year, I only care about the food! This cake looks for

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