Cupcakes of any kind are the ultimate easy party dessert. For the Super Bowl or any other time, cupcakes are single serve treats, easy to pick up and transport. Whether they are simply iced or intricately decorated, they just taste good. |
Everyone makes cupcakes. They are so simple to make, and make a great presentation. They can be made in any flavor, decorated or not, and are always a sought after treat. If one has a little artistic ability they can be made elaborately, though this is not a requirement for the enjoyment they bring.
I decided to try out some thoughts and designs, and will pass on my results here. Making cupcakes is as simple as having muffin tins and paper liners. Even the paper liners are not mandatory, though they help make it cleaner to pick up and move. Making a cake mix, either from scratch or from a box and filling muffin papers about half way and baking for slightly less time than a full cake layer is all easy as 1, 2, 3.
Once made, if decorating muffins is a frightening prospect, let that go and just enjoy. A simple smear of icing will make a delightfully edible treat. Actual decorating is really just, well, the icing on the cake. The main idea is to enjoy the process and have treats for guests and family. This year, the team colors are purple, black and metallic gold for the Ravens and red, metallic gold and white for the 49ers. These colors, or some combination, can be used as the main icing color or in combinations. The other color would be green to mimic turf.
Party decorating shops or cake decorating shops will likely have little decorations to use, such as little footballs or goal posts and such. If you choose to take the time to make your own, you might look for a small candy mold in football shapes. Melting chocolate or chocolate bark and filling the molds is quick and easy. Once the halves are chilled and hard, a dab of melted chocolate will glue the halves together. Allow to set and then make the laces down the side with white icing and a small holed icing tip.
Decorate some cupcakes with brightly green tinted icing and either just smear it on or use an icing tip number 233 to mimic grass. Even a small star tip can be used to create a grass effect. Set a little chocolate football onto the grass and there you have it. If you already have small Easter egg molds, these can be used the same way, by just planting the rounded end down onto the green icing grass surface.
I chose to attempt a loose facsimile of the actual logo for the teams. Making a brilliant red frosting for the background field of the 49ers look, I used a flat icing tip number 45 to make a rectangle in an approximate gold color over top. I piped in 49ERS in red using a number 4 round holed tip, then outlined the letters and numbers in white using a number 3 round holed tip. For the Ravens, I frosted the cupcake in deep purple. Using a toothpick, I traced an approximation of the raven logo, and then used black icing and a number 3 round holed tip to copy over that traced outline. I used white icing and a number 3 round holed tip to trace around the black icing to make the figure more noticeable. All in all, they are attractive and colorful.
Whether you take the time needed for making team logos or not, the goal is to have a sweet treat for all to enjoy. If you do not have the skills to use all the icing tips mentioned, simply spread on a couple of the team colors, half and half on top of a cupcake. Or ice the cupcakes in any color you prefer and pipe on RAVENS or 49ERS on each. The ways to decorate are only limited by your imagination. I hope these ideas will spark an idea for you.
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