Double Chocolate "Football" Cupcakes

 Double Chocolate "Football" Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

For being a very girly girl, I actually really love football. Folks from Wisconsin take their Green Bay Packers seriously and I am no exception. After our Super Bowl victory this year, I have been counting down the days until I could wear my jersey and cheer loudly at my television.

The moment I saw this brilliant idea for football cupcakes I knew it was only a matter of time before I would invite all my friends over so I could make them. (I can’t be left alone in the apartment with treats these days.)  I have seen a variety of football-themed cupcakes floating around but these seemed the easiest and cutest to me!

 Double Chocolate "Football" Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

I made them using my favorite “One-bowl chocolate Cupcakes” and used a Basic Chocolate Buttercream with the “laces” done with some Vanilla Buttercream. Normally I am much more of a Vanilla than Chocolate gal- but these were so good! I love this cupcake recipe as it always turns out so light and airy- also it only uses one bowl which is always good for non-dishwasher-possesing people like myself. Not only were these cupcakes so festive and cute, but they tasted awesome. Go Packers!!! :)

Double Chocolate "Football" Cupcakes

Yield: 18-24 cupcakes


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 6 Tbs. milk, plus more, if needed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.
  2. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  5. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
  7. For the Frosting:
  8. Have all the ingredients at room temperature.
  9. Put the chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler set over but not touching simmering water in the bottom pan. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
  10. In a large bowl combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, the 6 Tbs. milk, the vanilla and salt and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes, then reduce the speed to low.
  11. Reserve about a 1/2 cup of the frosting at this point to make the laces
  12. Add the chocolate gradually and beat until combined, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute more.
  13. If the frosting is dry, add more milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until it is creamy but still holds peaks.
  14. To Decorate:
  15. Using a small star tip in a pastry bag, zig-zag the chocolate frosting in a diamond shape on the cooled cupcakes. Then put the reserved vanilla frosting into a bag with a small round tip and pipe on the laces.

Cupcakes: Martha Stewart
Frosting: Williams Sonoma
Concept found here
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  1. Oh my goodness those or so stinking cute and awesome! I am a college football fanatic myself but I do watch pro from time to time.

  2. These are adorable! Great recipe!

  3. Love how you did the footballs on top. They look great!

  4. Whoa-these gems may get to be a little distracting from watching the NFL games! If your friends are indulging in these chocoholic goodies and miss the winning touch down-all I can say is run away as fast as you can! Great post.

  5. How cute! You decorated these beautifully. What a great idea!

  6. How cute are these!! I always see brownies cut in the shape of footballs with the white laces, but these cupcakes are such a great idea!

  7. I love this!! We are definitely a football family so these would be perfect for tail-gating!! LOVE!

  8. So cute and yummy!

  9. So adorable! :)

  10. Oh my goodness, these are so adorable. I used to watch football all the time. Haven’t in quite some time though. This would be the perfect addition to any game party.

  11. These are adorable! And so creative! I love them, thanks for sharing! =]

  12. LOVE these! SO incredibly cute! I am going to make these next football game :)

  13. Love the football motif.

  14. Fantastic looking to make some for my boys..they would be so surprised!Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos and recipe!

  15. Audra, these are so cute and creative! I think even my husband who’s not a big sweets guy would really love these. What a delicious and decadent flavor with the double chocolate, too… mmm! Thanks for sharing this. :)

  16. These look so cute I will totally have to make them. I love football season and watch more than my fair share of games on the tv some times I am worse than my husband!

  17. I was lead here from foodbuzz when I saw your cinnamon roll pancakes (which I must make) but now here I love your site! And these chocolate cupcakes look so delicious!

  18. So cute! I need to make these for tailgaiting sometime!

  19. I just followed your recipe for these football cupcakes and made them for my 2 yr old sons football birthday party and they came out great! They tasted yummy and also was so easy to make. Thank you Thank you. I am going to check out your other recipes as I am sure they must be equally good.

  20. hjhargett says:

    Did the 2 sticks butter make the frosting too runny? It may be where I live but I always have to cut my butter in half or I end up having to add double the amount of powdered sugar.

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  26. These cupcakes are adorable, I discovered them on pinterst and hope to make them on game day. While exploring your blog I discovered that you are from the Midwest and married in Milwaukee. I spent a great majority of my life in Milwaukee and am actually visiting there as I type this.

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