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Football Cupcakes – Perfect Game Day Dessert

These football cupcakes are perfect for Game Day or any day! The easy recipe and trick for making the football are adorable!

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Football Cupcakes – Perfect for Game Day

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we’re waiting for the best day of food in football. Yes, that’s a real thing – Super Bowl parties and big game playoff get-togethers are some of the best snacking there is!

Today, we’re sharing a fun and easy football cupcakes recipe for any chocolate lover. The kids will go bananas over this because you can call them candy cupcakes and really get their attention. This cupcake recipe is easy enough to make and the cupcake decorating idea is done in no time.

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Tips to Make This Fun Football Dessert Idea

When I’m baking or cooking for a large crowd or event, I like to plan out what I can prepare ahead of time to make the “day of” easier. I want to enjoy in the fun, too! Here are a few ways you can prep this fun cupcake idea ahead of time.

  • Bake the cupcakes the night before.
  • Mold all of the chocolate pieces while watching your favorite show (or watching the kids clean their room which is what I did this morning).
  • Use leftover candies to mold little chocolate footballs for the dessert table or as a fun addition to the kid’s plates.
  • If you can find it, use premade cookie icing (like this) for the white laces. Otherwise, you’ll need white frosting, a piping bag, and a #3 tip.

Football Cupcakes

Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe 

If you need a vanilla cupcake recipe, I recommend making our Lazy Girl’s Easy Vanilla Cupcakes. They take less than 30-minutes and use ingredients you likely have on hand.

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Yield: 12 cupcakes

Fun Football Cupcakes

Football Cupcakes

These adorable football cupcakes are made with a chocolate lover in mind. Whip up a batch for a great game day dessert!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes


  • Chocolate Frosting
  • White Frosting (can use pre-made cookie icing)
  • 1 package Tootsie Roll Midgies
  • 12 prepared chocolate cupcakes


  1. Bake and completely cool the vanilla cupcakes.
  2. Generously frost the mini cakes with chocolate frosting.
  3. Unwrap 2 of the Tootsie rolls and place them on a paper plate. Microwave for 8 seconds, remove immediately and roll into a ball (see pictures).
  4. Use the bottom of a glass to press the ball into a flat, circular shape. Press it lightly into the frosting.
  5. Repeat for all cupcakes. Create the laces on your football cupcakes using white frosting. Enjoy!


Additional Supplies and Notes:

  1. Flat-Bottomed Glass and a Paper Plate
  2. Cupcake Liners
  3. If you are using white frosting, you'll also need a piping bag and a #3 frosting tip.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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