The New Year is always an exciting time – most of us are excited to start fresh. Others are more excited for a different reason – playoff football and eventually the Superbowl. I’ve heard it’s kind of a big deal.
For that reason, I have prepared the only way I know how – with the most important thing when it comes to any sporting event –food!
There are always so many options but this year I’ve gone for a more obvious one, with a twist: Superbowl themed cupcakes! Half the cupcakes are colored for one team and half is for the other team. This year it’s the New England Patriots (shocker) versus the Atlanta Falcons. So the colors are red, white, and blue versus red, white, and black. The best part is that I did not distinguish which cupcakes are which teams. So your Falcons guests may unwittingly bite into a Patriots-themed cake.
This may seem cruel to some but I think it’s a fun little game to play with your guests. Happy Baking!
- 2 Boxes of white cake mix
- 1 box of Devil’s food cake mix
- 1 Vanilla frosting container
- 1 Chocolate frosting container
- Red and Blue Food coloring
- Football cupcake liners
- Small icing tip
*I chose to use chocolate cake instead of black colored cake for the Falcons but if you wanted to do that just buy black food coloring and no Devil’s food cake.
Mix box #1 of white cake according to the instructions on the package. I used Greek yogurt instead of eggs (1/4 cup for 3 eggs) and they’re extra moist and fluffy. Feel free to make the cake batter as you please.
Separate the batter into three equal parts in bowls. Add red food coloring to one bowl of batter. Add blue coloring to another bowl of batter. Leave one bowl without color. Be sure to mix enough dye to achieve the color shade you want.
Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan. Cupcakes will be layered in color – I chose to have white on top so guests don’t know which team cupcake they’re choosing. First, add the red layer using about a tablespoon of batter or until about 1/3 of the liner is filled. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly in the liner. When each liner is filled, repeat the process with the blue layer of cake batter and again with the white layer.
When all cupcakes are completely filled, put them in the oven and bake according to the package instructions.
Mix box #2 of white cake mix. Mix box of Devil’s food cake. *This batch will make more than 24 cupcakes because it’s using two boxes of cake mix. Prepare for leftover batter.
Separate the white cake into two equal parts in bowls. Mix one bowl of batter with red coloring. Leave the other white.
Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Add about 1 tablespoon of devil’s food cake to each cupcake. Spread the layer evenly with a spatula. Next, add the red layer of cake batter. And repeat with a white layer of cake.
Bake cupcakes according to package instructions.
Frosting the cupcakes
*Be sure to let cupcakes cool before frosting.
Frost the top of every cupcake with chocolate icing and then use the vanilla frosting to create white laces across the top like a football. To make the laces I used the smallest icing tip.
That’s all there is to it. It’s a simple enough dessert to bring to any Superbowl party. You can make both team cupcakes or just make the team you’re rooting for. Let me know in the comments below what you think or if you have any questions.
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Christina is a twenty-something living with her beagle, Mash, and husband, Nate in their van. She loves traveling, shopping, art, and photography. She’s also a vegetarian, pop-culture enthusiast, book-lover, and Dave Matthews Band fanatic. Catch her somewhere around the country in a converted camper van or at home in Florida for a visit.