Sports Theme Cookie Cake

As many of you know, over the weekend, I made a birthday cake for our friends’ two year old son.  They recently moved into a new house and decorated his room with a sports theme, so we decided to use that same theme for the cake. A lot of you mentioned that you wanted to see pictures, so I thought I’d share a few with you here!

As we were talking about what kind of cake to make for the birthday party, I thought it would be fun to incorporate some cookie decorating.  I can use the practice! So, I made a double batch of vanilla bean sugar cookies so that there would be extras to serve at the birthday party and to send home with the guests as party favors.

I found some cute sports cookie cutters and made jerseys, penants, baseballs, footballs, and stars.  I used lollipop sticks to make cookie pops to decorate the top of the cake. I was really happy with how they turned out!

Since I am making my brother’s wedding cake in December, I wanted some practice with making a tiered cake (even if it was just a small one), so I decided to make a 9-inch tier and a 6-inch tier.  I made a yellow cake with vanilla buttercream icing, and it held up pretty well. The buttercream was perfect for attaching the cookies to the cake.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how the cake turned out (although, you will notice that I need to work on my technique for smoothing the buttercream).  It was a big hit at the birthday party, and I think everyone enjoyed it, which is the best measure of success that I can think of!

If you’re interested in seeing some more pictures, check out my Sports Cookie Cake set on Flickr!

JenSchall's Sports Cookie Cake photoset JenSchall’s Sports Cookie Cake photoset

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20 Responses to Sports Theme Cookie Cake
  1. Reeni
    May 3, 2010 | 9:03 pm

    You have mad baking and decorating skills! The cookie pops are a nice touch. I bet the birthday boy loved it!

  2. bridget {bake at 350}
    May 3, 2010 | 9:22 pm

    Jen! It’s incredible! You are so brave….I’ve always wanted to try a cookie cake, but I’ve been too scared. You rocked it!

  3. Daydreamer Desserts
    May 3, 2010 | 9:30 pm

    You did great Jen, it looks fantastic! I know if I would have taken on that challenge mine wouldn’t have come out half as nice. :)

  4. Diane {}
    May 3, 2010 | 11:55 pm

    What a really fun idea for a sports themed cake! Amazing job :)

  5. jenn
    May 4, 2010 | 12:59 am

    Aww… awesome job on the cake. You gotta open up your own shop. You did great on decorating. Now I want some of those cookies. hehehe… :)

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 4, 2010 | 5:36 am

    That is amazing!! Girl, you are SO talented!!!

  7. Sara
    May 4, 2010 | 9:11 am

    Jen, those sports theme cookie cake is sooo cute! If I was merely as good of a baker as you…I would attempt to make the cake for my 2 yr old nephew’s birthday. But unfortunately I suck at baking! :( lol

  8. Sarah
    May 4, 2010 | 10:11 am

    so cute! I think I will adapt this idea… only for my little girl (no boys yet)

  9. Lauryn
    May 4, 2010 | 10:35 am

    SOOOO cute! I love how this cake turned out!!!! I know you did this for a 2 yr old, but I may make something similar for my boyfriend’s upcoming 30th bday!! :)

  10. Kara
    May 4, 2010 | 2:00 pm

    Cake looks incredible! What a lucky little boy. :)

  11. The Healthy Apple
    May 4, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    These are adorable!!!!! I made these years ago for sports teams in college and everyone loved them!

  12. Meleroo
    May 4, 2010 | 5:54 pm

    AWESOME. And for “practice,” your tiers sure came out flawless.

    Mel at

  13. 5 Star Foodie
    May 4, 2010 | 9:47 pm

    A very cool cake! Awesome decorations!

  14. megan
    May 6, 2010 | 8:19 am

    I love the cake!!! It’s perfect and I bet that little boy’s eyes grew huge when he saw it. I’m think those star cookies on a stick would be perfect for 4th of July. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Fuji Mama
    May 6, 2010 | 5:59 pm

    AWESOME cake! Seriously phenomenal job!!

  16. ThatsSoYummy
    May 7, 2010 | 7:12 am

    Jen, I love it! this is too adorable! GREAT JOB!


  17. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    May 7, 2010 | 8:10 pm

    Oooh – what an inspired cake. It’s my birthday next week, you know, feel free to whip something up! LOL! Your friends are lucky to have you!

  18. Eliana
    May 12, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    So precious. You are incredibly talented.

  19. Katy L.
    January 31, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    Very cute! I’m a baking/decorating fanatic too. Do you happen to remember where you found the sports-themed cookie cutters? I’m specifically looking for a football one. Thanks!

    • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
      January 31, 2012 | 2:18 pm

      Hi, Katy – The cookie cutters were a Wilton set of football themed cutters (I think it was a set of 4)… I found them at a local craft store (AC Moore/Michael’s/Joanne Fabrics… don’t remember exactly).

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