Pick-a-Sport Cupcakes

Dress up donut holes like little baseballs, basketballs, and soccer balls top top this festive birthday cupcake dessert. This athletic-inspired treat is sure to make sports fans cheer!

Pick-a-Sport Cupcakes
Start To Finish Time:
50 mins
12 (2 1/2-inch) cupcakes


  • 2 ¾ cup Creamy White Frosting or canned white frosting

  • Green food coloring

  • 12 2 1/2-inch cupcakes in paper bake cups (any flavor)

  • 1 cup white candy coating disks

  • 12 plain donut holes

  • Red food coloring

Creamy White Frosting

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoon milk


  1. In a medium bowl tint 2 cups of the white frostin with green food coloring to make a grass color. Place frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip or multiopening (grass) tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes to resemble grass.

  2. For baseballs, in a small microwave-safe bowl microwave white candy coating on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute. Stir; microwave for 30 to 60 seconds more or until melted, stirring once. Using a fork, dip the donut holes, one at a time, into melted candy coating, turning to coat completely. Place on waxed paper until set.

  3. Tint remaining 3/4 cup frosting red. Place frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe Xs onto doughnut holes to resemble the stitching on baseballs. Place a donut hole on each cupcake.

Creamy White Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

Soccer Ball Cupcakes:

Prepare as directed above, except omit red frosting. Soften a log-shape chocolate caramel candy in the microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 5 seconds. Use a rolling pin to flatten softened candy. Cut out small squares using aspic cutters; arrange squares on coated donut holes, using white frosting to secure.Nutrition Facts per soccer ball or basketball cupcake: 495 calories, 4 g protein, 66 g carbohydrate, 24 g total fat, (10 g sat. fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 5% Vitamin A, 1% Vitamin C, 165 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 5% iron.

Basketball Cupcakes:

Prepare as directed above, except substitute orange candy coating disks for the white candy coating disks, omit the red frosting, and use a tube of chocolate icing to pipe lines onto coated donut holes to resemble basketballs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

500 Calories
25g Fat
66g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 500
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Total Sugars 54g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 90mg 2%
Fatty acids, total trans 2g
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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