This green and gold Green Bay Packers Cake is a show stopping layer cake that will surely be the star of your next football party!
I must admit, I am not a Packers fan by birth. I’m not really even a football fan by nature. However, after having a college room mate who was a die-hard, I found myself converted, adopted into the Packer-fan family.
Even if I hadn’t counted myself a Packers fan already, it would have been hard not to catch Packers fever in the wake of the Super Bowl. For those of you who don’t know, Wisconsinites have a lot of state pride and loyalty. And, the Packers winning the Super Bowl is a BIG DEAL.
Green Velvet for a winning Green Bay Packers Cake
The inspiration for this Packers cake came from a friend who is a die-hard Packers fan and a serious master baker. She had the brilliant idea to turn a red velvet cake into a green velvet cake for game day.
I haven’t made a cake in a while. More often than not something goes terribly wrong. So I was a little nervous about this undertaking. Not only was I making a cake, it was like I was taking a small step to prove my fan-hood. Fortunately, with some great help, the cake turned out better than we could have imagined.
Packers Cake for the touchdown!
You can't have a Green Bay Packer's Cake without the green! Here we turn a chocolate red velvet cake green!
Yield: 2 (9 inch) round cakes
- 3 1/4 c unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 c + 1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 c unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 1/4 c sugar
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk*
- 3 Tbsp green food coloring
- 2 1/4 tsp vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 2 9” round cake pans.
- Mix flour, salt and cocoa powder in a medium sized bowl.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, beating well. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
- In a small bowl mix buttermilk and food coloring.
- Alternating between the two, add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the creamed butter mixture.
- In a small bowl mix vinegar and baking soda. Let fizz and then incorporate into batter with a spatula, stirring just until combined.
- Divide batter evenly between two cake pans.
- Bake at 350ºF for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool on a wire rack 10 minutes before removing from pan.
*Don't Have Buttermilk? Make your own buttermilk by putting 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar in a liquid two cup measure and fill with regular milk to the 1 1/2 cup mark. Let your buttermilk mixture stand for 5 minutes before using in the recipe.
The gold in our Green and Gold Green Bay Packer's Cake comes from a golden butter cake. It's the perfect color!
Yield: 1 (9 inch) round cake
- 1 3/4 c unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ c unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 c sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp yellow food coloring
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 1 9 inch round cake pan.
- In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Mix milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter until light. Add sugar and cream until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add dry ingredients, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the dry mixture. Mix until moistened.
- Add food coloring and mix until the color is even.
- Poor batter into prepared pan.
- Bake at 350ºF for 30-35 minutes, or until the cake is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan and cooling completely on a wire tack.
Yield: 2 c green frosting for decorating and enough yellow frosting to fill and cover a 3-layer cake
- 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 c salted butter, softened
- 7 c powdered sugar
- 1/4 c milk
- 3 Tbsp green food coloring
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp yellow food coloring
- In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese with a hand mixer, until blended. Add powdered sugar alternately with milk and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.
- Separate 2 cups from your frosting and place it in a small bowl. Add green food coloring to the small bowl of frosting, mixing until the color is even.*
Add the vanilla to the white frosting remaining in the large bowl, and beat until incorporated. Color the frosting in the large bowl with the yellow food coloring, mixing until the color is even.*
*Frosting colors will vary depending on the type of coloring used. Adjust quantities of coloring as necessary to reach the desired color.
To construct The Green Bay Packers Cake
**Let the cakes cool completely before attempting to construct the final cake.
1. With a serrated knife remove the domed portion of each cake. You want the rounds to be relatively flat on both the top and the bottom so that the final Packers cake stands tall and proud.
2. Place one green round, with the bottom side up, on your serving platter. Frost the top with the gold frosting. (If the cake starts to become crummy, place the cake in the freezer for 10 minutes to let the frosting set and then add an additional layer of frosting so that your filling is not full of crumbs.)
3. Next, add the gold layer, bottom side up, and frost. (If you look at the picture below, you can see each cake is technically upside down. The parts of the cake that touched the pan will be more firm, and easier to frost, while the top that you cut flat will be more crumbly.)
4. Finish the layers of the Packers cake with the last green layer, bottom side up. Trim around the edge of the cake with a serrated knife, if necessary, to even off the sides of the cake.
5. Frost the top and sides of your Packers cake with the gold frosting.
6. Using a toothpick, sketch out your desired design.
7. Place your green frosting in a zip-lock bag. Snip a small hole from one corner of the bag for piping. (You could also use a frosting piping bag that has been fitted with a small tip.) Pipe the outline of your design carefully.
8. Then, fill in your outlined areas and continue decorating as you like. (I added a decorative edge around the bottom of the cake with the green frosting as well.)
9. Cut and let the party begin!