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FOOD FUN: Football & Baseball Cupcakes

Sure, cupcakes are the rage; but what happens when you buy a dozen or two for entertaining?

You pay a lot of money!

The first time you bake a batch instead of buying them, you’ll save enough money to pay for two cupcake/muffin tins to make 24 cupcakes. This nonstick cupcake/muffin pan from Wilton has a snap-on cover, so you can store or transport the cupcakes without messing up the frosting.*

You can also pick up sports-themed cupcake liners, in football or baseball.

This recipe, from Kraft, can be adapted for football or baseball season. I takes just 20 minutes of prep time and the decorating is easy (the toughest part is keeping your hand steady to pike the stitching).


Take me out to the ball game, or at least to in front of the TV. Change the decorating colors for football season. Photo courtesy Kraft.

*That’s normal frosting, one inch or less in height. For piled-high frosting, you need special cupcake caddy/carrier.


Ingredients For 24 Cupcakes

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (two layer size)
  • For Baseballs: 1 jar (3.25 oz.) white nonpareils (resource below)
  • For footballs 1 jar (3.25 oz.) orange nonpareils (resource below)
  • 1 tub (10.6 oz.) COOL WHIP Vanilla Whipped Frosting, thawed
  • For Baseballs: 1 tube (3.25 oz.) red decorating gel
  • For Footballs: 1 tube (3.25 oz.) white decorating gel

    You can also use cupcake liners to hold
    nuts or small candies. Photo courtesy



    1. HEAT oven to 350°F.

    2. PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package to make 24 cupcakes. Cool cupcakes in their for pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool completely.

    3. PLACE nonpareils in small bowl. Spread frosting onto cupcakes; dip tops, 1 at a time, in nonpareils.

    4. USE decorating gel to decorate cupcakes to resemble baseballs (two rows of red stitching, as shown in photo) or footballs (one row of white stitching).



    The normal size (spice jar) of nonpareils is four ounces and can cost $4.00 or more. But go to a baking supply store, and you can buy them in bulk for much less.

    If you don’t have a local retail source, just buy them on

    A pound is just $4.95. Choose your color via the drop down menu on the page.

    In addition to all the basic colors, you can choose fall mix (orange, red, yellow); Christmas mix (red, white, green); Valentine mix (pink, red, white); St. Patrick’s mix (green and white); spring mix (pink, purple, white, yellow); summer mix (yellow and orange); and July 4th mix (red, white blue mix).


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