Football Pull Apart Cupcakes will be the star of the dessert table during football season or for your Super Bowl Party. It looks like a cake but it’s actually football cupcakes.

Football Cupcake Cake on a platter.
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This adorable football cupcake cake is so impressive but very easy to make. With easy step by step instructions, anyone can make this. It’s absolutely perfect for the big game and one of the easiest cupcake recipes.

This recipe will go perfect with Football Dirt Cups, Football Cookies Recipe and 35 Best Football Cake Ideas. These are some of our favorite recipes we make every year.

Why we love this recipe

It is one of the easiest desserts but looks so festive for the football game. Not only will it be a hit with any football fan but kids love this for birthdays too. This recipe is definitely a touchdown!

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Cupcakes (prepared) 
  • Unsalted Butter (softened) 
  • Sifted confectioners’ sugar 
  • Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder 
  • Clear vanilla extract 

You can find the entire ingredient list at the bottom of the page.

Step by step instructions

Chocolate cupcakes arranged into a football.

Step 1. Heat oven and bake 24 cupcakes in the oven using cupcake pans and regular-size muffin cups. I like to use green cupcake liners for the batter. You can use betty crocker, duncan hines, homemade or anything you like. Allow cupcakes to cool on a wire rack completely at room temperature.  

Butter in bowl being creamed.

Step 2. While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting in a large bowl. Beat the butter with a paddle attachment until fluffy.

Butter and sugar in bowl comibned.

Step 3. Next, add the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Beat on low speed until combined and then increase the speed to medium/high speed and beat for 3-4 minutes until all the ingredients are combined.  

Cocoa powder added to bowl.

Step 4. Gradually add the milk to the mixing bowl until the frosting is the consistency that you prefer. Then remove about ½ cup of the white icing from the bowl and reserve. Next, mix the cocoa powder into the remaining frosting and beat on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.  

Frosting spread on cupcakes.

Step 5. Arrange the cupcakes on a platter with parchment paper. The configuration should look like a football. Place a small dollop of chocolate frosting on each cupcake.

Frosting spread over cupcakes to look like a cake.

Step 6. Spread the frosting evenly with an angled spatula so that it looks like one cake.

Frosting swirled on cake.

Step 7. Add the remaining chocolate frosting in a decorating bag. Start at one end of the football shape and pipe a zig-zag shape until the entire top of the football is covered in the chocolate frosting. 

White icing piped on the cake.

Step 8. Finally, place the reserved vanilla frosting in a piping bag fitted with tip.  Pipe laces on the football using thick lines. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Guests can pull apart the cupcakes to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store pull apart football cupcake cake?

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. 

What type of cupcakes are best?

This recipe can easily be made with a cake mix or homemade Chocolate Cupcakes 

Can you freeze this recipe?

I recommend freezing the cupcakes once cooled and before they are decorated. Then allow to thaw and assemble in the football shape. Decorate as normal.

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Pull apart football cupcake cake ready to serve.
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Football Pull Apart Cupcakes

5 from 2 votes
Pull apart cupcakes are such a fun and easy dessert idea. So easy to make too! Make this football pull apart cupcakes for your next game day!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Assemble Cupcakes: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 286

Ingredients

  • 24 Chocolate Cupcakes prepared
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Prepare a batch of at least 24 cupcakes and cool completely at room temperature.
  • Using the paddle attachment, whip the butter for 5-7 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally, beating until the butter is very fluffy.
  • Add in the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Beat on low speed until combined and then increase the speed on the mixture to medium/high speed and beat for 3-4 minutes (scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed) until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Slowly add in the milk until the frosting is the consistency that you prefer.
  • Remove approximately ½ cup of the frosting from the bowl and reserve for the stripes on the football.
  • Mix the cocoa powder into the remaining frosting and beat on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to high and beat for 2-3 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.

Assemble the Cupcakes:

  • Set up your cupcakes in the shape of football.  Place a small dollop of chocolate frosting on each cupcake and spread evenly with an angled spatula spreading the icing across all the cupcakes to make them look like one cake.
  • Place the remaining chocolate frosting in a piping bag fitted with tip 1M (star tip).  Start at one end of the football shape and pipe a zig-zag shape until the entire top of the football is covered in the chocolate frosting.
  • Place the reserved vanilla frosting in a piping bag fitted with tip #3A.  Pipe the football stripes onto the top of the football cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Allow your guests to pull apart the cupcakes to enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. This recipe can easily be made with a cake mix or homemade chocolate cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 286kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 3g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 21mg, Sodium 167mg, Potassium 74mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 30g, Vitamin A 262IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 63mg, Iron 1mg

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