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Football Pull Apart Cupcake Cake

  •  3 cups cake flour
  •  1 tablespoon baking powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  •  2 cups sugar
  •  4 eggs
  •  1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  •  1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a 24 mini cupcake tin tray with paper liners. 
  2. Sift cake flour, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl, set aside. 
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter on medium high speed until pale and fluffy. 
  4. Add the sugar, one cup at a time, until sugar and butter are well combined. 
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is fully blended into the butter mixture.

Chocolate Frosting

  •  2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  •  2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  5 cups confectioners sugar
  •  2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  •  up to 1/2 cup sour cream
  1. Beat butter on medium high speed until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add cocoa powder and confection’s sugar, 1 cup at a time. 
  3. Add vanilla, and enough sour cream until frosting reaches a stiff but pipeable consistency.

Vanilla Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Add confectioners sugar, one cup at a time until well blended. 
  3. Beat in vanilla and salt, and finally add the milk until icing reaches a consistency for piping.

Additional materials:

  •  2 circular piping tips
  • 1M star piping tip


  1. Place 24 unfrosted cupcakes into a football formation.
  2. Push the cupcakes in so they are as close to one another as possible.
  3. Put chocolate icing into a piping bag fitted with a circular piping tip. 
  4. Begin by piping the perimeter of the football. 
  5. The goal here is to frost all of the cupcakes together so that they look like one cake. 
  6. Pipe the frosting into the middle of the football formation, taking care to cover the cupcakes as much as possible.
  7. Use an inverted spatula to very carefully cover smooth out the icing over the the football.
  8. Place vanilla frosting into another piping bag fitted with a small circular tip. In the center of the football, pipe one long horizontal line, but do not extend in out to the points of the football. Then pipe five lines going vertically overlapping the horizontal line. Finally, place remaining chocolate frosting in piping bag fitted with 1M piping tip, and pipe a star border around the perimeter of the football.
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