Field Goal Football Cupcakes (Recipe courtesy of cupcakecentral.com)
Reynolds® Baking Cups (Green Party)
1 package (18.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
48 small pretzel rods
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
24 Caramel candies
1 bag (14 ounces) shredded coconut
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, line your muffin pan with the baking cups and set aside. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Fill the baking cups ¾ of the way full with the batter and put in the oven to bake.
While the cupcakes are baking, get started on the frosting. In a large bowl, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk until you reach a good consistency. Mix in the green food coloring to make the frosting grass colored. Also dye coconut with the food coloring, but keep this separate from the frosting for now. Once the cupcakes are cool, frost them and roll them in the coconut to complete the grass look.
Now, it’s time to decorate! Start by lining a cookie sheet with wax paper. Set aside half of the pretzel rods to use as the base of the goal post. Cut each remaining stick into three equal pieces. Use a knife to get a clean break. Next, shape the caramel candies into footballs. Melt the white chocolate chips according to the package directions. Spoon into a plastic sandwich bag and cut off a small corner. Squeeze a dot of white chocolate on each end of one small pretzel piece section (you could also use frosting to do this if you don’t have the white chocolate!). Attach the other two pieces to each end, making a “U” shape on the wax paper. Squeeze a dot of the white chocolate in the middle of the bottom of the “U” and attach one of the uncut pretzels to complete the goal post. Place the goal posts in the refrigerator for about five minutes to set. While the goal posts are in the fridge, pipe thin lines on the caramel footballs for strings. Remove the goal posts from the fridge and carefully put them on your cupcakes. Place the caramel footballs in the coconut grass to complete your edible football field!
If you’re feeling more adventurous, try making the cupcakes homemade! After you’ve had success with these cupcakes, try Rachel’s Halloween Cupcakes!