Football season is just around the corner, and my family is famous for its weekly get-togethers to watch the Cleveland Browns. (Go Brownies!) By the end of the season, our hopes at a Super Bowl title are invariably dashed (the team has actually never been to a Super Bowl), so we try to party hard at the beginning of the season when there’s still an ounce of optimism.
The Browns have actually been doing well during the pre-season, so my sister Kathleen has decided to throw a few backyard barbeques while the game plays on the big screen in the living room. I made these ultra-delicious football brownie cakes to celebrate the pre-season achievements of our beloved Browns. They’d work well for any pre-season, season opener, or Super Bowl party! Check out our other football party ideas, too. Enjoy!
Materials (makes 9 extra-large or 18 regular football brownies)
- Two boxes brownie mix (plus ingredients that are required to make it)
- 1 batch of chocolate icing (see recipe below) or 1 can of chocolate icing
- 1 batch of Royal icing for piping (see recipe below)
- 1 Ziploc plastic bag and scissors
- Football shaped cookie cutter
- Non-stick aluminum foil
- Cooking spray
- 9x13 baking pan
- Preheat your oven to the temperature indicated by the brownie mix instructions.
- Prepare your 9x13 pan by lining it with aluminum foil. This will allow you to easily lift the brownies out of the pan to cut and decorate them. Line the pan by first spreading a sheet of aluminum foil along the length of the pan, making sure the foil hangs over the sides by 2-3 inches. Then, lay a second sheet of foil going the opposite direction on top of the first sheet. After the brownies are baked, you will then be able to grab the “handles” of the bottom sheet of foil and lift the brownies out of the pan.
- Next, spray the aluminum foil thoroughly with cooking spray.
- Make the brownie mix according to package instructions. To make my brownies extra thick, I made a double batch and put both into one pan. In order for the brownies to cook, I had to double the baking time suggested on the box. If you’d like regular brownies, bake each batch in a separate pan for the suggested cooking time.
- Remove the foil from the brownies, and use a cookie cutter to make football shaped brownies. I managed to cut nine footballs from one 9x13 batch. Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, you may be able to get more.
- Next, frost the brownies on all sides except the bottom with chocolate frosting (see recipe below).
- Make white Royal Frosting (see recipe below), and put it in a quart-sized Ziploc bag. Snip off the corner of the bag, and pipe football laces onto each football. Arrange finished brownies on a tray, and Voila! You’re done!
Chocolate Frosting Recipe (from The Taste of Home Cookbook)
Ingredients (makes 2 ½ cups)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 3-3 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar (powdered)
- Bring the cream to a simmer in a heavy pan, remove from heat, and stir in chips until melted
- Place the pan in a bowl of ice water, stirring constantly until the mixture is cooled. Gradually whisk in the sugar until the frosting is thick. Store the icing in the refrigerator.
White Royal Frosting (for piping)
Ingredients (makes 1 ½-2 cups)
- 1 eggwhite
- 1 lb confectioner’s sugar (not all may be used)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Large bowl and mixer
- Mix egg white and lemon juice in a bowl.
- Gradually add the sugar, beating with a mixer, until soft peaks form.
- Once soft peaks form, add only 1 or 2 tbsp of sugar at a time. Once small stiff peaks form, the icing is ready for piping. Store the icing in the refrigerator.