K-State Football Cake

kstate football cake

It has been couple of months since I became a “Stay at home mom”.  I was both happy and sad about this decision. Happy because finally I could give all the time to Ishaan and also work on a thousand things that I was putting on back burner due to my busy schedule.  Sad because it would mean a big unknown about my career. We took Ishaan out of daycare. We thought he would miss his friends, he would be bored at home, but he didn’t even ask for them!. In these few months, I have tried to enjoy every moment with him. I have been busier than ever trying to catch up with a very active toddler. Laptop time for me means TV time for him, so I have reduced my laptop time to minimum. I write a post once in a while when he is sleeping. I still spend time on FB thanks to my iPhone!. I can definitely say these were/are the best few months of my life in recent years. We have been going out almost every day -  to library for story time, to toddler play time, children’s play areas, petting zoos, pumpkin patches, swimming and lot more. He is already 2.5 years old and before I know, he will be all grown up. So I have kept everything else on hold and trying to make most of my time with him. Next week we are travelling to India for a long vacation.

Now coming to today’s post – V’s colleague asked if I could prepare a cake for her with K-State football theme, she is going to watch the upcoming K-State game with friends and she wanted to carry the cake. The biggest unknown for me here was the fact that I don’t know anything about American football. After few Google searches, I knew what I was going to make. Although it took a while to bake and decorate it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ishaan was such a sweetheart, he kept himself busy with his colors and a book.

It was a chocolate cake which had a layer of chocolate frosting in between. Click here for recipe. I used store bought buttercream icing to cover the cake before covering with homemade marshmallow fondant.

Lessons learnt :
– Make a little more of fondant than needed, if you run out in between, you have to start over again which takes too much time.
– Coloring fondant takes too much time and muscle powder. To help with this, microwave the fondant for few seconds and it becomes easily to work with (not sure if this method works with other kinds of fondant, but worked with marshmallow fondant).
– To smooth out any irregularities on the cake, dip a spatula in hot water and massage on the fondant. I knew this works with buttercream but had not used the method with fondant before.

Pictorial: (I will have to fix the color balance on the camera, the bright violet colors on the cake are all showing blue here)

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39 thoughts on “K-State Football Cake”

  1. Yes, I completely can understand what you are going through. I have a 15 month old son and I miss him so much when I am at work. Make use of the most when you are with your son. These are really precious moments to enjoy!
    Between I learnt about the American football game from my husband who is a big fan of college football.
    Wonderful looking cake!

    1. Deepti, I can so understand what are going through. I used to miss him so much and feel guilty about leaving him at daycare. Next year he will go to preschool, so i have few more months.

  2. Excellent cake. Lucky you for being able to stay home with your toddler. Enjoy and cherish these moments and keep your recipes coming!

  3. Shilpa, my son is 2.5 years old as well. I quit my job last winter to be home with him. Yes my career gone for a toss (am a s/w engg too) but then I really don’t mind. I wouldn’t trade these amazing days with my toddler for anything in the world!

    1. SK, so true. There are few days when I totally miss talking with other grown ups and also feel very tired trying to keep up with him (especially now that it is getting cold and he needs more attention). But I don’t want to trade it for anything.

  4. Awesome cake, Shilpa!
    The friends, whom you made it for must’ve been thrilled!

    I am so glad you are enjoying your special time with Ishaan . It is fun 🙂

    ENJOY your trip to India and have a fantastic vacation! Please convey my regards to your parents.

  5. Hi shilpa…

    Being a stay at home mom is a big job itself. My lil one is now 2 years n 4 mnth old .. Me too enjoy my entire time with him.. Its fun to watch him grow. Just read in the recent post that u r going to india for long vacation .. I wish u happy journey . Have loads of fun back home.

  6. Hi Shilpa,

    i am also going to try out a reduced working schedule so that I can spend the afternoons with my son Ishaan after he is back from school. He turns 4 next month!! I have been working for as long as I can remember so will try the reduced schedule but have decided that in case i find it to be stressful & start giving work the priority before Ishaan….will stop that as well! Great to know other moms out there also think like me!! all the best & keep up with the great cookery site..have been following your site for years now! ciao xx

  7. Chaitali Shanbhag

    Great. Shilpa that u have become a stay at home Mom. Its great as you can find time for other things also to do what you like and also you can be with your Kid. i have a 5 yr old daughter Her name is Doyel. Nowadays every morning when she gets up the first thing she asks me is “Tu aaj office la janar ka mumma” ? Even Sunday morning she asked me and when i told her that today is a holiday. She was so happy I cant express in words. Its really difficult situation to leave them in the crush and go to work.

    1. Chaitali, I can totally relate. Once in a while, Ishaan would cry so much when we dropped him at daycare (although, he would stop it in 2mins after I left!), it was too hard for me to leave him and go

  8. Glad you are enjoing with Ishaan! Time flies… Cherish each and every moment. Reg blogging, I completely agree with you. If i decide to post a recipe that means… more TV time for my toddler. Even i end up staying late so that i can post some recipes.

    Hope you have a wonderful time in India! Get pampered and have lots of fun!

  9. Hi Shilpa,
    I have been a frequent visitor to your site and love your seafood ‘soulfood’ recipes since I am from Goa. But it was exciting to see a K-state cake on your site since that’s my college too. Just couldn’t help posting a comment today 🙂 You do a great job. Please keep on doing it!

  10. Hi Shilpa,
    I practically learnt how to cook from your blog. 4 years and counting 🙂 Thanks. I gave up my career when I had my first But yeah I was a lot older than you. No regrets.I have two energizer bunny rabbits now. And time just zips by. I just cant figure out how I would have been able to cope with my job had I continued with it. Anybody can do the job that I had been doing but no one can take my place in my kids life. That’s true for all kids and moms. Ask the kids…. till they are 7, and then we become the intruders and can get back to our careers. 🙂 Love all your recipes and hope you have a great time with Ishaan. Good decision dear and don’t let any body tell you anything different.

    1. Thank you for writing Zeenath. For me, more than the work pressure, it was the guilt that was making it difficult. With a job, I could hardly give 2-3hrs quality time in a day to Ishaan and I felt very bad for that.

  11. I came across you blog when I searched for batate song.. Very good recipes and I’m glad to have found a konkani food blog..! Nice cake BTW, lil more perfection on decorations and you can get into professional baking.

  12. Hey Shilpa … I am curious to know if you got back to work?? Or you planning to?? I am in the same boat as you … quit my job for my son 1.5 years ago. Now he is almost 3 and I “might” be able to get a easy break at my old office. But I am so confused. So very confused 🙁

  13. Oh ok. I was hoping you would have some advise for me. But hope you are enjoying your time with your son at home.
    This opportunity to get my career back on track I won’t get anytime again. As a IT professional, a long break really matters a lot. All my friends are still working, managing both kids and work very well. I feel like the only one who is so worried about leaving my son at daycare. So when I read you quit your job as well, I thought I might not be the only one 🙂 If you do share your thoughts, I will be very happy.

    1. Anjali, can you please send me an email at aayisrecipes AT gmail.com ? I will reply back (not sure if the email you mentioned here is correct one, so asking again)

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