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Game Day Treats!

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It’s Super Bowl weekend y’all!  Amp up your game day party food with football themed Game Day Treats!  Everybody likes cupcakes and brownies so combining football with cake is the perfect play.  Game day is big at my house and a Super Bowl party has to be super fun.  It’s simple to take your next party to another level with these fun snacks.  Who’s gonna win with football field cupcakes and brownies?  You are!

I like to start with a banner to hang above the food table or display near the drinks & ice.  I recycled the cardboard backing from my old 2016 desk calendar.  Using some left over paint or chalk write a football theme or a cheer for your favorite team.  I used a whitish gray paint to resemble a chalk board like the boards coaches draw their plays on.  It just adds a bit of whimsy and keeps things sporty.

Next I took green construction paper and masking tape for a football field themed paper to use as a display base for the table.  Tape rows of masking tape across the paper.  

Paper Ball Field Displays

And the table settings are done in a matter of minutes.  The cost is negligible.  I made my table for less than $1, probably more like 50 cents.  They make the perfect mat for the cupcake display.

Table setting materials

And now for the cake…You may use whatever cake method works best for you.  For this article I used a chocolate cake mix and brownie mix.  You can make your own from scratch or not, the base is up to you.  Whatever flavor of cupcake is your favorite, use it.  You will also need ingredients to make frosting, shredded coconut, a box of whopper candy, and food coloring.  


Make the brownies and the cupcakes.  While they are baking pour a bag at least 2 cups of shredded coconut into a bowl.  Add a few drops of green food coloring to the coconut and stir.  

Add food coloring to coconut

Continue adding food coloring drops to the coconut until you reach the color of grass.

Add coloring until a grass color is achieved

As the cupcakes and brownies cool, make icing.  You can make butter cream or purchase store bought.  I like homemade butter cream.  The recipe is one stick of melted butter, 1 1/2 pounds confectioners sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and a splash of milk.  Beat ingredients together until you have the consistency you like.  Add milk as needed for proper consistency.  When making chocolate icing, add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder to the butter cream recipe.

Ice the tops of half of the cupcakes with the plain butter cream.  Immediately sprinkle shredded coconut to the tops of these cupcakes.

Add frosting and coconut to the cupcakes
Place one whopper candy onto the “grass” of the frosted cupcake for the football.  Using a plastic fork, break the two center tines from the fork.  Also break the fork handle in half and insert into the cupcake for the “field goal post.”  Now you have a game winning cupcake!

Before you complete the second half of the cupcakes, frost the brownies with the plain butter cream.  You will only need a thin layer.  Once the frosting is complete, add the shredded coconut to the entire surface of the brownies.  Also, you may choose to leave them in the pan or place them on a flat platter.  It doesn’t really matter.  You are making a football field for Ball Field Brownies.

Almost ready to play
Using about 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar, sprinkle the sugar onto the brownie surface in straight lines.  My lines are not so good, but you get the idea.  Place another whopper candy in the center for the ball….You are now ready to play!
Football Field Brownies

The last step…Spoon a couple of tablespoons of butter cream into a small sandwich bag or piping bag.  With the remainder of the butter cream, add cocoa powder and make chocolate frosting.  Ice the other half of the cupcakes with this frosting.

Add chocolate icing

Cut a small hole in the corner of the sandwich bag.  Pipe a small dab of icing onto the chocolate cupcake surface in the shape of a football’s laces.  The cupcakes are ready to play!

Football Cupcakes!

To recap:  

Ball Field Brownies


Touchdown Treats!


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