Basketball Cupcake Ideas

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Basketball Cupcake Ideas
Create basketball cupcakes with these three ideas. (basketball #5 image by Adam Borkowski from

These easy basketball cupcake recipes will leave guests impressed---and full. You can make a big, orange basketball or even a basketball hoop with the help of sugar cookies. If you are a fan of a professional basketball team, or even if you are on a local team, you can use frosting to show off your team spirit.

Big Basketball Cupcakes

Basketball cupcakes can add a fun decoration and a personal touch to a true fan's birthday party. Basketball cupcakes might be easier than you think. Bake the cupcakes according to the box recipe and allow them to cool. Use vanilla frosting. You can also use a cream cheese frosting, but make sure the frosting is white or close to white in colour. Put the frosting in a bowl and mix drops of red and yellow food colouring to make an orange colour. Start with small drops of each colour and mix well. Keep adding the food colouring until you reach a bright orange colour. After frosting the cupcakes, it's time to draw the lines. Use black gel icing. If you cannot find it in a small bottle, create a piping bag by cutting a half-inch hole in the corner of a plastic bag. You can also use chocolate frosting for the lines. Start by drawing a line across the middle and a line from top to bottom. This will create a T-shape. Then draw a C-shape on the right side of the T and a backwards C on the left side to complete the cupcake.

Basketball Cupcake Ideas
Black and orange frosting will help you create a basketball cupcake. (basketball ball image by Aliaksandr Zabudzko from

Basketball Hoop Cupcakes

A basketball rim cupcake is appealing to the eye and the stomach. has a recipe that uses a sugar cookie for creating a backboard. Bake the cupcakes according to the box directions. Form the sugar cookie dough to create an oval 3 inches long and 2 inches wide and bake. Let the cupcakes and sugar cookies cool. Frost the cupcakes and half of the sugar cookie with vanilla frosting. Frost the sugar cookie so that it can stick to the cupcake. Stand the cookie up behind the cupcake, so that the frosted side of the cookie is sticking above the cupcake. This will resemble a basketball backboard. With orange frosting or piping gel, outline the top of the sugar cookie and draw an orange box in the centre of the cookie. Find a small basketball chocolate or a toy basketball to place on top of the cupcake and against the sugar cookie.

Basketball Cupcake Ideas
Create the allusion of a basketball hoop. (basketball hoop image by Shannon Workman from

Team Spirit

For a simple twist on basketball cupcakes, display your team spirit by using team initials and colours. For example, use purple and yellow icing and decorations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bake the cupcakes according to the box directions and set aside to cool. In a bowl, add drops of yellow food colouring to vanilla frosting and mix well. In a separate bowl, add drops of blue and red to the frosting to create a purple colour. Make enough so each colour can frost half of the cupcakes and have frosting left over. Frost half the cupcakes with yellow and the other half with purple. Place the remaining yellow frosting into a piping bag, or use a clear bag and cut a half-inch hole in the corner. Do the same with the purple. Pipe the team initials, L.A., on the cupcakes. On the yellow cupcakes, pipe purple letters and vice versa.

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