The young women at church were competing this morning in the semifinals of their basketball tournament so I decided they deserved some basketball cupcakes because they are winners whether they win or lose! (They lost, bummer.) The cupcake recipe comes from a blog called “Tidy Mom”. I haven’t tasted one of these yet since I gave them all away but she claims that they are the perfect cupcake, I’ll let you know when I get to try one before giving them all away. The basketball design was my own creation so I’ll explain that at the bottom. I made yellow cupcakes with her recipe and then dumped in a bag of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips. They smelled divine!
1 box cake mix, any flavor
1/2 cup butter, melted (no margarine, butter only!)
1 cup water
1 Melt butter in microwave.
2 Add cake mix, eggs and water to butter in large bowl.
3 Mix on low for 1 minute then on medium/high for 1 minute.
4 Fill cupcake liners and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
For basketball cupcakes, you will need:
frosting, your choice (I used my favorite vanilla buttercream)
orange sprinkles or decorating sugar
black licorice strings
Frost a cupcake with a thin layer of frosting then cover with orange sugar (I’ve found the easiest way to do this is to dump the sugar in a bowl and then dip the top of the cupcake in there and gently roll it around until it is covered). Cut a licorice whip into small strips and form basketball design as shown above, pressing ends of strands gently into frosting.