1st Place Trophy Cake

The first thing you need to know about this post is that I wish I had more pictures for it.  But sadly I don't and the pictures I do have aren't very good quality because I took them with my phone.

But I'm still really happy with this cake and how it turned out!

This past weekend, some of my friends decided to have their own unofficial racquetball tournament.  A few weeks ago one of them asked me if I would bake something as the first place prize.

So I said, "Of course!"  And I decided to do something that I've never done before.  All of the cakes and cupcakes that I've made have all looked like regular cakes and cupcakes (which is not at all a bad thing).  But this time I decided I wanted to shape the cake to look like something else.  Like a trophy.

Not the kind that stand up though, I'm not that advanced yet. 

I made a rectangle cake with yellow cake mix and mini chocolate chips because they're delicious.  And mini because the regular sized ones are too heavy and will sink to the bottom of the pan while it's in the oven.

I printed out the shape of a trophy without the "arms".  I laid it on top of the cake and cut out the shape with a sharp knife.  I wanted this to be a two layer cake so I did the exact same thing for the top layer. 

I wish I had pictures of this next part, but sadly I don't.  I got caught up with trying to finish this cake in time and sort of forgot to snap a few pictures along the way. 

But when I cut out the trophy shape, there were some scraps left over.  I took those scraps and cut them into squares.  Then I lined them up on each side to form the arms.  I wanted these to be two layers too, so I covered them in icing and stacked some more on top.

This part was difficult because the squares didn't really stack well.  They kept falling over or leaning in a different direction.  But I filled in all the spaces between them with icing to keep them in place and that worked.

Then I covered the whole thing in yellow frosting.  I didn't use a lot because I knew the inside of the cake was already filled with chocolate chips and I didn't want to go overboard.

Just kidding, you can't go overboard. :)

I used my finger (clean of course) to draw the #1 in the frosting, and then filled it in with white sprinkles!

I was surprised that this turned out so well because I was basically winging it the whole time.  It was time consuming, but definitely worth it!

PS!  I made a new layout for my blog.  I hope you like it!


  1. This is so cool. I thought you did great with it. :)

  2. Really creative and cute! Hope the "winner's" appreciated it!

  3. I like your cake and also your new back ground! Good job!

  4. Keep it up, you are doing a good job blogging and baking.

  5. I just laughed with amazement on the final photo. So cool and so much fun for everyone I am sure.

    Really like the new design.

  6. I wasn't the winner, but I participated. The winner was gracious enough to share the spoils of his victory and let me tell you that this cake was one of the best cakes I've ever had. Ever