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Home > Recipes > HERSHEY'S Gridiron Cake

HERSHEY'S Gridiron Cake Recipe

HERSHEY’S Gridiron Cake
  • Fun for Kids

  • Good for Gifts

  • Intermediate

  • Summer

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55 Minutes
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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Servings per Recipe: 18

  Amount Per Serving %DV *
Calories 590 -
Calories from Fat 270 -
Total Fat 30g 46% DV
Saturated Fat 17g 85% DV
Trans Fat 0g -
Cholesterol 70mg 23% DV
Sodium 390mg 16% DV
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24% DV
Dietary Fiber 2g 0% DV
Sugars 46g -
Protein 7g -
Vitamin A - 8% DV
Vitamin C - 0% DV
Calcium - 4% DV
Iron - 6% DV

*Percent Daily Values (% DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Note: Makes 18 servings. Nutrition Information calculated for 1 serving. Nutrition Information does not include decorative goal posts


  • 1-2/3 cups HERSHEY'S Premier White Chips
  • 11 REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures
  • 1 package (8 oz.) REESE'S PIECES Candy
  • GRIDIRON CAKE (recipe follows)
  • 6 ROLO Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolate
  • 11 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 2 TWIZZLERS Rainbow Twists
  • 1 can (16 oz.) creamy vanilla ready-to-spread frosting, divided
  • 1 tablespoon HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • Green, red and yellow food color
  • 3 HERSHEY'S HUGS Brand Candies
  • 2 (7-inch lengths) floral or craft wire


1. Prepare GRIDIRON CAKE. For chocolate frosting, stir cocoa into 1/3 cup frosting; stir until smooth. Set aside 2 tablespoons chocolate frosting. Tint 1/3 cup frosting orange with 1 drop red food color and 2 drops yellow food color; stir until blended. Tint remaining frosting green with 2 or 3 drops green food color; stir until blended.

2. Mark "end zones", 2 inches wide at each end of cake, using wooden pick; frost one end zone with chocolate frosting and the other end zone with orange frosting. Frost the area between end zones with green frosting; mark 5 yard lines with wooden pick. Place white chips all across cake on yard lines.

3. Use white chips to spell out "HERSHEY'S" on chocolate end zone; use brown REESE'S PIECES on the goal line. Use yellow REESE'S PIECES to spell out "REESE'S" on orange end zone. Use orange REESE'S PIECES on the goal line.

4. Remove wrappers from chocolates and peanut butter cups. Arrange teams on cake playing field, using HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolates as one team and peanut butter cups as second team. Place HERSHEY'S HUGS Candies as referee officials on the field.

5. Unwrap caramel candies. Make goal posts* in the middle of each goal line on each side of the field by using reserved chocolate frosting to stack and "glue" together 3 caramel candies. Insert floral wire into each twist, bending wire and twist to form "U" shape for goal posts. "Glue" this section with frosting to top of each stack of ROLO caramel candies and anchor with portion of wooden pick pushed into top of each stack. About 18 servings.

6. * Goal posts are for decorative purposes only and should not be eaten.


1 cup water

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine

1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa

2 cups sugar

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

3/4 cup dairy sour cream

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 15-1/2 x10-1/2x1-inch disposable foil baking pan or jelly-roll pan.

2. Combine water, butter and cocoa in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; set aside.

3. Stir together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs and sour cream; beat until blended. Add cocoa mixture; beat just until blended (batter will be thin). Pour into prepared pan.

4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.

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  • 4 stars


    This is a great recipe I make it every year for both of my sons little league football teams

  • 4 stars


    Excellent, moist chocolate cake recipe. I used Kitchen Aid's Buttercream Frosting Recipe. I had difficulty "molding" the goal posts out of the twists. I have made this several years in a row and change each "team" on the end to match those competing in the Super Bowl.

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