No Super Bowl party or tailgate is complete without a spice cake decorated like a football field. Pick the colors of the opposing teams for the end zone frosting and use pretzels and the goal posts.
1 (18.25 oz.) box spice cake mix
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin pie filling
3 large eggs
1/3 cup beer
4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon each yellow, orange and green food coloring
6 pretzel sticks
22 peanut M&M's in 2 colors
2 Hershey's Hugs
1 chocolate football candy
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-by-13- inch baking pan; set aside.
Combine cake ingredients in large bowl. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds; scrape sides of bowl. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Spread batter in pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 32 to 35 minutes. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack and cool completely.
Beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Set aside 3 (1/4-cup) portions of frosting. Leave 1 white. Tint 1 with yellow food coloring and another with orange. Tint remaining frosting with green food coloring; spread evenly over cooled cake.
Spoon white frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small, round tip. Spread yellow frosting over 1 "end zone" and orange frosting over other. Pipe yard lines and end zone lines on cake. Use remaining frosting to write names of teams in end zones.
Use frosting and 3 pretzels to construct each "goal post"; stick a goal post in each end zone. Arrange "players," "refs" and "ball."