Keep Pounding: Football Cake Pops!

Football Cake Pops

I have a sweet ending to your game day line of football food for the Super Bowl,

Football Cake Pops, aka Keep Pounding Pops!

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As you can imagine, Panthers Pride abounds in anticipation of Super Bowl 50 in the hopes of Carolina Panthers’ victory over the Denver Broncos and  first-ever Super Bowl win this Sunday! I think I bought the last package of napkins to be found in a 30 mile radius and there was no Carolina Panther blue anything left at Party City as of a week ago.

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Keep Pounding has become a team mantra in honor of late Carolina Panthers player and coach Sam Mills, who first used the phrase “Keep Pounding” as a coach in an emotional speech to the team prior to the Panthers’ playoff game in 2004, after being diagnosed with cancer. He spoke about commitment, dedication to teammates, team effort and never giving up and to “Keep Pounding.” His speech and legacy became a rallying cry for the team and the spirit of Keep Pounding continues today for anyone fighting cancer.

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These football cake pops are appropriately made with pound cake. Theses cake or “fork pops” are easy to serve for a party! I used a Sara Lee Frozen Pound Cake which is easy to find and texture makes it ideal for cutting out shapes, using the same method as in Puppy Love Pops.

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Follow the directions on the package to thaw your cake. I used the family size (1 pound) cake. Cut your thawed cake in to 1-inch slices and then use a cookie cutter to make your footballs. I didn’t have a football cookie cutter, so I used a round one to create a football shape.

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Insert tines of a plastic fork carefully into bottom of your football to avoid breaking the cake. Transfer your cake forks to cookie sheet and freeze for 20 minutes.

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Microwave your canned frosting 20 – 30 seconds, heating and stirring until the texture has a smooth consistency and that of lightly whipped cream. Remove cake from freezer and holding the plastic fork, dip into melted frosting to cover, allowing excess frosting to drip back into bowl. Press the bottom of the football against the rim of the bowl to remove excess frosting.

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Microwave  5 – 10 seconds more as needed if frosting becomes too thick for dipping. Place your dipped footballs on a wire rack to allow frosting to set.

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Add laces to your football cake pops with vanilla frosting or melted white chocolate. Gently remove footballs from wire rack. I used a knife to help pry them up so the cake pops don’t break from any frosting that sticks when you lift the forks.

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I used some faux grass from the craft store on top a styrofoam base to hold the forks for serving and then added some Panther blue chocolate candy (Sixlets from Party City in Caribbean Blue) to surround the grass “field” for a little team color and sweet ending.

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Keep Calm and Keep Pounding!

Go Panthers!

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  48 comments for “Keep Pounding: Football Cake Pops!

  1. Linda L
    February 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Adorable cake pops! My daughter lives in Wilmington N.C., and she’ll be cheering right along with you. Good Luck!☘

  2. RS
    February 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Over the top! So very cute. I’ll cheer for your Panthers, since I don’t have a home team in the game.

  3. emily antonecchia
    February 5, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Love the cake pops and the video is so cute and such wonderful example of school spirit and Panther Pride…Thanks for sharing….also the Denver Newton sign…I too go by it several times a week and really hadn’t thought about the current connection to the Panthers…Do the babies have their jerseys for Sunday….We are going out to look for Syes today….He has outgrown his one he wore for Halloween. Thanks for sharing

  4. February 5, 2016 at 9:28 am

    That sign is hilarious Mary! Your football cake pops are perfect for rooting football fans, perfect for grabbing in between plays, already on a fork and ready to eat! The way you cut the shapes was very brilliant, and I keep forgetting that you can buy colored candies in bulk at PC, how perfect for your Pounding Panthers party! We will be watching and rooting for our NC Southern neighbors!
    Jenna

  5. February 5, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Oh Mary, those pounding football pops are just too adorable! How clever you are!! The video of the kids is filled with team spirit and the highway sign is great!! Good luck to your Panthers on Sunday. I hope Chloe and Gracie will be getting some special doggie treats for the game.

  6. February 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Fabulous cake pops!! Love this idea. That sign is priceless!! Go Panthers, and keep pounding!

  7. Ellen Stillabower
    February 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    The football cake pops are adorable and easy!!! The majority here in Indy are Bronco/Manning fans and I won’t apologize for that!! It should be a great game but, I have to say GO BRONCOS!!!! 🐴🐴🐴🏈🏈🏈❤️❤️❤️🎉🎉🎉

  8. February 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Good luck to the Panthers! I’ll be rooting for them too. LOVE the cake pops!!!

  9. February 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

    What a cute idea! We will be pinning this to our Tailgating Board.

  10. Melissa Leach
    February 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Cute cake pops! I love how easy it is to frost them, just melt the container of frosting in the microwave!!!
    Thanks for sharing the video of the kids, so much spirit from the entire school. Go Panthers from Statesville, NC.

  11. Karen
    February 5, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Loving the cake pops! Go Panthers!

  12. kfl1111
    February 5, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Oh my! I love this post!!! That video is absolutely wonderful….whether you are a Panthers fan or not you have to love the effort and fun that went into making it! The cake pops are so cool…and easy which is always good! Yes, we are Panthers fans! One of our daughters cheered at UNC (when Tre Boston was there) and she now lives in Sweden. She will be staying up late (6 hours ahead of us) and watch the game at a local pub that will stay open all night for the game. She is a Panthers fan! Go Panthers! Keep Pounding!!!

  13. Susan
    February 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Mary!!!! I love them!!
    On a side note, I’m born and raised in Auburn and you know cam was our QB, Heisman Trophy winner here at Auburn. My nephew was the starting center as a true freshman and for 4 years 2007-2010. His senior year he was the only center Cam took a snap from and they remain good friends. Cam is the nicest guy and truthfully…he really is a big kid and as nice as he appears to be. We LOVE him!!!
    #KeepPounding #Panthers #SuperBowl50

  14. February 5, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Oh Mary…what a hoot!! These are just the cutest & easiest idea you’ve come up with yet!
    I’d never heard the expression nor the origin of “Keep Pounding” so you’ve educated me as well as inspired me today.
    I won’t tell my CO. sister & nieces who I’m secretly rooting for on Sunday. I might send them the sign, though. LOL

  15. Patricia
    February 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    These will be a perfect addition for my superbowl party. And as a Raleighite, you know we’ll be loud and proud for our Panthers! My local Harris Teeter had a few Panther products on clearance a few weeks ago so I got lucky and grabbed a few things. Fun post!

  16. February 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I don’t follow football, but if I did, I would cheer for the Panthers since I have deep roots in North Carolina… the football cake pops are just too cute!

    Keep Pounding, Panthers!

  17. February 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Adorable idea! You are so creative! Very clever with the cookie cutter! I’m not surprised! Ha!

  18. Linda
    February 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I might be the only Bronco fan here, but I do appreciate all of your enthusiasm for your team. We needed some diversity anyway. The football cake pops are a great idea, quick and easy. May the best team win. Go Broncos!

    • Ellen Stillabower
      February 6, 2016 at 10:16 am

      No Linda, not the only Brico fan!! I’m from Indy and you know how we feel about Peyton!! So I’m with ya girl!!! GO BRONCOS!!!

  19. February 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Mary,

    I’ve wondered if you guys are as excited as we are about the Super Bowl — we are so pumped!!! This has been an amazing year for the Panthers, and something just told me halfway through the season that they would wind up at the Big Game this year. When I watch how well these guys play as a team, I can see that the “Keep Pounding” slogan is in their hearts.

    I love your football cake pops; thanks for showing us how to make them. :) Enjoy your weekend and go Cardiac Cats!!

    Hugs,

    Denise

  20. Susan
    February 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    So excited for you all! The Jacksonville Jaguars came into the league with the Panthers and boy have we struggled the past 10 years! Hopefully on an upswing! We are all cheering on the Panthers! Keep Pounding! LOVE your cake pops!

  21. February 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Mary, We will be cheering for the Panthers too! Love the video, especially the kid with the panther blue hair! Pops are so cute and clever, and anything with frosting is a winner in my book! Now I understand the Keep Pounding mantra too and I think it is so inspiring! Most of all I’m looking forward to enjoying the commercials. Linda

  22. Annie
    February 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Oh my gosh these things are so cute! I’d make them if my flight hadn’t just landed in San Francisco! Almost Super Bowl time & we are soooo excited!!!
    Love this post… Go Panthers & KEEP POUNDING! Xoxo, A

  23. February 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I’m sure you’re excited for the game Mary! I’ve been rooting for Carolina ever since the Eagles were plucked early on… Although I have to say Peyton going out with a win wouldn’t be a bad thing either. So I guess I’m really only hoping for a win in my block pool:@) Enjoy the weekend and your cake pops!

  24. Melodie Strickland
    February 5, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    What a clever idea to have football pops. Go Panthers!! We have friends in NC who used to live in Virginia and they are happy the Panthers are in the Super Bowl–keep pounding!!

  25. Paula
    February 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    ~Mary~
    The children at the school were awesome !! Loved the road sign hehe!! Even tho Im in Indiana former home of Manning , I have to say goooooo Panthers !!! Go Luck to your home team Sunday !!! :)
    and eat a football for me yummy !!
    Paula
    IN

  26. Beth
    February 6, 2016 at 12:59 am

    These pops are great! Can’t wait to make them this weekend. But…. somebody has to say it GO DENVER! They are the underdogs

  27. February 6, 2016 at 11:05 am

    What simple and great idea… You come up with the best…

  28. Betty Dotson
    February 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Mary,

    My husband wants Manning to go out with a win, but our hometown high school football team just won the Virginia AA State Football Championship FOR THE VERT FIRST TIME in the history of our school!

    So, I will cheer for your Carolina Panthers! GO PANTHERS! Keep Pounding!

    Betty

  29. franki
    February 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Those cake pops scored with me!!! franki

  30. February 9, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Those cake pops would have made the loss a bit more easy to handle!…love that you formed the football with a round cutter….clever!

  31. October 20, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Haha, what a great idea. I love how you thought outside of the box. I recently made some halloween lollipops and would love for you to check them out :)

  32. January 16, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Mary, how perfect for the next green and gold game/playoffs. So much fun!

  33. Amy Conrad
    February 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I prepared Patriots and Falcons for the 2017 Super Bowl.

    • Amy Conrad
      February 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Oops wrong site. I am making a video for these though, stay tuned!

      • Amy Conrad
        February 5, 2017 at 8:08 am

        Check out the video I made trying these cake pops. These are actually really easy and enjoyable to make.

  34. Joy
    February 8, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Love the idea – I made these for this past superbowl party and they were a hit! The only thing I did different was that I served them as little football cakes (didn’t have the forks) They were snatched up so quickly and will be an annual treat for future superbowl parties! Thanks so much for posting!

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