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Cheerleading Party Cake and Food Ideas

Cheerleading CakeHot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts…anything you would find at a ball game concession stand would be perfect to serve at this party. Another fun idea would be to serve food that matches your theme colors, such as layering Jell-O in parfait glasses in alternating colors. Popcorn, candy or pretzels served in upside down cheerphones with caps will earn you three cheers for the fun food!

Shake your Pom poms, give a cheer…an awesome cheerleader cake is here!

What you’ll need:
1 cake mix
1 – 16 oz. container of ready-made frosting to frost the megaphone
1 – 16 oz. container of ready-made frosting to frost the pompoms, outline the megaphone, and write a birthday message on the cake.
2 containers of coloring paste or gel to tint the frosting. Use the colors you have selected as your theme colors (this can be your child’s favorites, school colors, favorite team colors, etc.)
2 Hostess Snowballs™ for the pompoms
Small container of edible glitter (optional) to cover the pompoms. (As an alternative, flake coconut can be colored and sprinkled on the frosted snowballs.)

Does a BIG birthday cake taste better than a small cake? No, but a really big cake sure is fun to look at, and makes a great centerpiece for a birthday table! The following guidelines will give you an idea of what size to choose for your party:

9″ X 13″ Rectangle pan – 1 mix: serves 12-18 guests
18″ X 13″ Rectangle pan – 2 mixes: serves 18-28 guests (If you are using this size pan, just double the amount of frosting…all other ingredients beyond the cake mix and frosting amounts will remain the same.)

Because you are cutting the cake into a shape, you will be discarding some of the cake, and will need to adjust the size accordingly. If you are serving more people than can be accommodated by 2 boxed mixes, we recommend that you either bake extra cupcakes, or an extra rectangular cake. All can just be frosted simply, and cut and served behind the scenes. Cut and assemble the cake according to the diagrams below.

Diagram One Diagram Two

Using frosting in one of the two theme colors, frost entire megaphone. Using a piping bag with a writing tip, or a quart-sized ziplock bag (with a small hole snipped from one of the bottom corners,) outline the outside edge of the megaphone with the second color of frosting. Using the same method, write a message on the cake for the birthday girl. This can be in the form of a cheer like, “GO ABBI!” or a simple Happy Birthday greeting. Next, frost the top of the Snowballs in the same color as the megaphone outline. Sprinkle with edible glitter or colored coconut. Enjoy!

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