Football Kick-Off Cupcakes

There are SO many things to love about fall in upstate NY: leaves changing colors, comfortable temperatures, fresh apple cider, cozy sweaters, tall boots, etc.  However, as much as I LOVE fall, I don’t love football season and unfortunately they come as a package deal.  It seems like football is the only sport that has a 9 month season… ugh.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small town that didn’t have a football team, but I just never caught football fever.

On the other hand, my boyfriend played both high school and college football and being from Ohio, he loves the Cleveland Browns.  Since dating him, I have resigned myself to a life of fantasy football drafts, live and televised games, and Super Bowl parties.

The upside to football season?  It gives us an excuse to make fun and different dishes and desserts for all of the various gatherings.  This year we’re starting off the season with simple football cupcakes for the office football kick-off party.  They’re definitely not our most elaborate but they’re quick, easy, and the homemade chocolate cream cheese frosting is delicious!  We “cheated” and used store-bought cake mix for convenience (shhhh! ;)).

Begin by preparing your chosen cake mix according to the directions on the package.  After they’re done baking, make sure to let them cool completely.

Now it’s time to make the frosting.  If you have a stand up mixer, fit it with the paddle attachment.  Last Christmas, Jon and I received the most beautiful and amazing Kitchen Aid mixer from his father and step-mother.  Let me just say that I don’t know how we ever lived without one – We love it!

Okay, back to making the frosting.  Add your butter and cream cheese to the mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until just creamy (make sure you start with room temperature softened butter/cream cheese, so important!).  Next, add the cocoa powder, confectioner’s sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla extract.  Mix on a low speed until the confectioner’s sugar starts to get incorporate then you can increase the speed.

Tip:  If you don’t mix the confectioner’s sugar in on low first, you will end up with a big fluffy cloud of it… everywhere.  Trust me on this one – We learned the hard way!

Once the frosting is thoroughly combined, frost each of your cupcakes.  You can use a pastry bag if you’re going for a fancy look but Jon and I just used simple butter knives.  For the football laces, I made a very small batch of simple vanilla frosting, put it in a plastic baggie and cut off the corner to use as a mock-pastry bag (Once again, you can use a pastry bag if you like, but since it’s for such a small task, I didn’t think it was worth the effort).  The laces were drawn on with one simple line and 3 perpendicular lines.  So easy!

Football Kick-Off Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen prepared cupcakes of your choice
  • Vanilla Frosting
    • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
    • 1 teaspoon milk
    • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 2oz fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
    • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

What to Do (Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting)

  1. Add butter and cream cheese to the mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until just creamy (make sure you start with room temperature softened butter/cream cheese).
  2. Add the cocoa powder, confectioner’s sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix on a low speed until the confectioner’s sugar starts to get incorporate then  increase the speed to medium.
  4. If you want a stiffer frosting, slowly add more confectioner’s sugar.  If you want a thinner frosting, slowly add more milk.
  5. Frost cupcakes with a knife or pastry bag.

What to Do (Vanilla Frosting)

  1. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt butter in microwave (20 sec).
  2. Add confectioner’s sugar and milk.
  3. Whisk by hand until combined.
  4. If you want a stiffer frosting, slowly add more confectioner’s sugar.  If you want a thinner frosting, slowly add more milk.
  5. Scoop frosting into a sandwich sized plastic baggie, squeeze out excess air, and snip a tiny piece off a bottom corner.
  6. For the laces, pipe one long horizontal line and 3 small vertical lines.
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