Tasty Tuesday: Football Field Cupcakes

It’s all about Super Bowl Party prep on the blog this week! Yesterday, I shared a craft turning mason jars into festive football party decor.

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Today I’m excited to share an easy, delicious football party treat to go along with the mason jars: football field cupcakes!

When it was time to get baking, I gathered everything I’d need:

  • Cake mix (with ingredients to bake as instructed on the box)
  • Icing
  • Writing icing (I love the concept of this – no mess, no fuss! But, after using it for these cupcakes, as you’ll see below, I don’t love the consistency. It was a little thick which made it hard to work with based on what I needed it for)
  • Green sprinkles
  • Candy footballs
  • Green food coloring
  • Cupcake liners

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I prepped and baked the cupcakes as instructed:

Once the cupcakes were cooled, I colored my icing using a few drops of green food coloring, gave the icing a good mix, and frosted the cupcakes. Since I would be topping them with sprinkles, the icing didn’t have to be perfect, so I just swirled it on and made it as smooth as possible with  my knife.

I poured the green sprinkles in a bowl, and tipped each cupcake upside down inside. I gave each cupcake a spin through the sprinkles, making sure to cover the edges and when I tipped the cupcakes back over, they were completely covered and looking like AstroTurf! 🙂

Next was the most difficult part of the whole process, drawing in the field lines and adding the yard numbers. The field lines were fairly easy – just one steady line across the center. And then the numbers… well, they were a little more difficult.

I mean, they’re fine. But the OCD in me was pretty frustrated that the numbers aren’t perfect. Because the icing was so thick, it didn’t come out of the tube in a steady stream and it didn’t just flow with my wrist. Instead, I had to do short lines and use a toothpick to smooth certain sections out.

I think if I were to do this again in the future, I would take the time to make my own writing icing so it would be a little thinner and I’d use a smaller icing tip.

One other thing to note – I used cupcake liners that I had on hand. They’re just basic white liners, so that means that when the cupcakes bake, they become translucent. Cupcake liners are usually the last thing on my mind when I’m at the store, but now I want to make sure to pick some up that are “no fade.” Usually, on the packaging, it’ll say something like “no fade” or “color stays bright after baking.” This just makes the cupcakes look prettier when they’re on display at a party. So, now you can learn from my mistakes – showcased below 😉

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See what I mean? Not the end of the world, but wouldn’t a bright green cupcake liner be perfect for these? Lessons learned!

Regardless of the cupcake liners and the not-so-perfect writing, they’ll still taste the same, so in the end that’s what matters, I suppose.

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It’s so fun getting Super Bowl-ready this week. Check back later this week for more ideas!

Party on!
JW

 

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