Ball Game Cupcakes

Celebrating a win? Score big with sweet and sporty ball game cupcakes.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

1
cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
1
cup water
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
1
container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Assorted colors Betty Crocker™ decorating icing (in 4.25-oz tubes) or Betty Crocker™ Easy Flow decorating icing (in 6.4-oz cans)
Assorted food colors
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In small bowl, toss chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of the cake mix. In large bowl, beat remaining cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in coated chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about two-thirds full).
  • 2 Bake 20 to 26 minutes (23 to 30 minutes for dark or nonstick pans) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Decorate as desired below. Store cupcakes loosely covered.
    Baseballs: Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting. With black, red or blue icing, pipe 2 arches on opposite sides of cupcakes, curving lines slightly toward center. Pipe small lines from each arch to look like stitches on a baseball.
    Basketballs: Color frosting with yellow and red food colors to make orange; frost cupcakes. With black icing, pipe line across center of cupcake. On either side, pipe an arch that curves slightly toward center line.
    Soccer Balls: Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting. With black icing, pipe a pentagon shape in the center of cupcake, piping a few rows of icing into center of pentagon. Pipe lines from pentagon to edge of cupcake to look like seams. With toothpick or spatula, spread black icing in center of pentagon to fill in the entire shape.
    Tennis Balls: Color frosting with yellow and green food colors to make tennis-ball yellow; frost cupcakes. With white icing, pipe curved design to look like tennis balls.

Expert Tips

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Arrange cupcakes on green grass. To make grass, place 1 cup coconut and 3 drops green food color in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal. Squeeze bag and coconut until evenly tinted.

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If you have only one pan and a recipe calls for more cupcakes than your pan will make, cover and refrigerate the rest of the batter while baking the first batch. Cool the pan about 15 minutes, then bake the rest of the batter, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the bake time.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
2g
2%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
200mg
200%;
Total Carbohydrate
38g
38%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
29g
29%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.