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Football Cupcakes

These adorable football cupcakes are the perfect treat for your next tailgate party. Rich vanilla cupcakes are topped with fun football themed decorations, made from Tootsie Rolls and vanilla frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword desserts for tailgate, food for a football party, football cupcakes, tailgate recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 139kcal
Author Delicious Everyday


For Chocolate Cupcake Mix:


  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl - flour, sugar, cocoa powder, instant dry milk, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl - water, oil, eggs and vanilla.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients and whisk until well combined and smooth.
  • Place cupcake liners in pans for 24 cupcakes. Fill each cup 2/3 full with cupcake batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees (F), for 18-20 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before decorating.
  • Once the cupcakes are cooled, generously frost each one with chocolate frosting.
  • Open the Tootsie Rolls and discard the wrappers. Take 2 Tootsie Rolls at a time and place on a paper plate. Place in the microwave and heat for about 8 seconds. Remove from the microwave and gently roll into a ball.
  • Use the bottom of the glass dish to gently press the Tootsie roll down into a flat circular shape.
  • Place the flattened tootsie roll on top of a frosted cupcake. Repeat this process for each cupake.
  • Once all the cupcakes have a Tootsie Roll top, attach the size 3 round frosting tip to the disposable piping bag and add a few scoops of white frosting. Gently squeeze the frosting out of the bag draw the hash marks on the footballs. Repeat with all cupcakes.


*Makes approximately 24 cupcakes


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.8mg