Quick update on the football cake: the shape is a little less than perfect (slightly lumpy), but I managed to produce something vaguely resembling a football. I just hope it tastes good :)
And now I'm ready to sleep. Too much cake and icing and running around trying to get this thing assembled. But I'm glad I took a picture, so I can have a reminder :) This is the first time that I've attempted something cooky like that.