Monday, January 20, 2014

Milk Chocolate Football Cupcake Wrappers

Milk Chocolate Football Cupcake Wrappers |

So far, all of the Super Bowl recipe posts I've created this year have been appetizers. It's been a nice change of pace to actually make so many savory dishes. My husband has been loving it. Not that he minds eating sweets, but sadly for him, after I spend an entire day baking desserts, taking pictures and writing recipes, dinner is often a salad. A girl needs balance in her diet, especially after the holidays. While he doesn't mind eating an occasional salad, he much prefers having some meat or at least cheese. He could live off of either of those foods. 

Chocolate Football Cupcake Wrappers |

I couldn't, I need chocolate and lots of it. These Super Bowl cupcakes made with milk chocolate cupcake wrappers are my kind of dessert. 

After making so many edible cupcake wrappers for the holidays, I'm hooked. I don't know that I'll ever want to eat a cupcake any other way. Wrapping modeling chocolate around a cupcake not only looks cool, but it adds a layer of chocolate flavor, that really enhances and ordinary cupcake.

football cupcakes

When I made my first football cupcake wrapper, I just rolled and cut some modeling chocolate and added the laces. I thought it looked good, but I wanted it to look more realistic, so I added dimples and holes for the laces. 

In order to create texture on on my modeling chocolate football wrappers, I used the football mat from an Autumn Carpenter Designs Sports Ball Cutter and Impression Mats set.  After rubbing the dots all over the wrapper, I dusted on some cocoa butter to really highlight the dimples. I added the white laces then pressed the end of a wood skewer into the wrapper making the laces look like they were going into holes.

I'm really happy with the final look of the edible wrappers and know that these cupcakes will look amazing alongside other Super Bowl food at a party.

Super Bowl Cupcakes

Milk Chocolate Football Cupcake Wrappers


modeling chocolate made using milk chocolate, see recipe here
white modeling chocolate, recipe here
cocoa powder
cupcakes and frosting

Supplies needed:

non-stick baking mat
fondant rolling pin
pizza wheel
football impression mat
optional, metal clay extruder
pastry brush


Super Bowl dessert ideas

Click here to get a copy of a cupcake wrapper template. Cut out around the template. Wrap it around one of your cupcakes, to see if it is the right size. You need the template to overlap at the ends by at least 1/2 inch, so adjust the template as needed. Re-size then cut out a new template.

Roll milk chocolate modeling chocolate out on a non-stick mat using a fondant rolling pin. Cut out around the template using a pizza wheel.

Super Bowl cupcake recipe

Set the football impression mat on the edible cupcake wrapper. Rub on the mat leaving dimples all over the modeling chocolate. You just want to rub over the dots, avoiding pressing down on the areas of the mat that have the laces and stripes. I just used the middle section of the football. 

Football dessert recipe

Brush cocoa powder over modeling chocolate cupcake wrappers and brush off excess.

Fill a clay extruder (one that has only ever been used for food) with white modeling chocolate. Extrude strips of modeling chocolate. Use water to attach two modeling chocolate strips vertically in the middle of each cupcake wrapper. Add four short laces across the two vertical strips. You can, if you prefer just cut strips using a knife or pizza wheel. 

Press the blunt end of a wooden skewer at the edge of each of the laces creating the holes. 

Chocolate cupcake recipe

Oops, I forgot to snap a picture of this step using the football cupcake wrappers. Wrap an edible wrapper around a cupcake, sealing the edges with a bit of water. If you want, you can frost the sides of the cupcake before adding the wrapper. I don't find if necessary. But I do add a big swirl of frosting on  top.  Add as much as you like.

Football cupcake recipe

Serve with a fork.

Super Bowl snack ideas

If you need to store these for more than a day. I suggest you store the modeling chocolate wrapper in an airtight container separate from the cupcakes. The moisture from the cupcakes will affect the texture of the modeling chocolate. You can go ahead and wrap the cupcakes forming the cupcake wrapper, then pop the cupcake out of the wrapper. The day you want to serve them, lower the cupcake back into the edible wrapper, add some frosting and you are ready to go. 

football cupcakes
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  1. The only time i really get excited about the many football games hubby watches,are at playoffs time. I can not for the life of me come up with a cute football craft. This one takes the (cup)cake! I love the ingenious way you incorporated the football texture into the wrapper. Super awesome..and we do need our chocolate fix!

    1. It's funny, because I am not a football fan, but I have had fun making all this food. We are just eating it. None of it will actually make it's way to a Super Bowl party. Unless the Vikings are playing, my husband doesn't care, and I care even less:)

  2. These turned out awesome, Beth! I love the texture you added. It really make the modeling chocolate look like a football!

    1. I love those impression mats. They do really add a touch of realism.

  3. Haha! This just cracked me up. I do have to say snacks are for sure the best part of ANY football game. As for our home teams..there's always next year!

    1. I'm positive I've never watched an entire football game, but I do love the snacks!

  4. Those are legitimately awesome! I love your attention to detail, great job Beth :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  5. These are so cute Beth. You always come up with these awesome ideas!

  6. It looks so cool! And you did a lot of work there :)

  7. So cool! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    I would love it if you would hop over and share a few posts with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday.(

  8. These are seriously impressive! Thanks for sharing!

  9. This is my favorite football cupcake, ever! I get the man/food thing ... they just don't get us!

    1. My husband actually has quite a sweet tooth, but would always opt for meat in cheese instead if given the choice:)

  10. These are so cool! I've never heard of modeling chocolate before...I better be on the lookout. I'd love for you to link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop that's live right now. Hope to see you there.

  11. So cute! I definitely want to learn how to make cute snacks like this! I'm the Anti-Martha, so this is way above me right now, but I'll definitely keep an eye on your site. It looks like you've got an arsenal of yumminess!

    Stopping by from Tell Me About It Tuesday!

    1. I do have some really easy projects here on my blog that you might want to try. These, I'd say, are a bit challenging, but certainly not too hard. Once you learn to work with modeling chocolate, you'll discover it's much like working with play dough:)

  12. Oh my gosh! These are awesome!!! I'm ordering the supplies so I can make these.

  13. These are awesome! You are very talented!

    Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday!
    I hope you hop over and share with us again tonight!

  14. Very cute; I've never used molding chocolate for cupcakes just cakes! Such a fun idea!

  15. Okay, I totally missed these in time for superbowl, but this has my brain going and thinking of ways to use this technique. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing this in Tell Me About It Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what you share tomorrow!



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