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Sugar Goals: How to Make Soccer Cupcakes

Whether you're in charge of snacks at the next soccer game or you're throwing a birthday party for a sporty kid, this step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make these adorable and delicious soccer cupcakes. You won't believe how easy they are!
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Do you like soccer? I am going to be completely honest with you, I don't know that much about it. My kids were in high school when it started getting popular in our area, and our son came home and told me he made the soccer team. I was happy for him and wanted to celebrate with some soccer cupcakes, so I made a few for dessert.


I was somehow hoping that attending a few games might help me learn more about the sport, but I never did figure it out. I didn't know what was going on most of the time. I didn't know when to clap or what calls the referees were making or how much time was left in the game. So I did like any other mother would do and I clapped when the other people in the stands clapped so I didn't look totally clueless. One thing I was not clueless about were these soccer cupcakes, which I totally got and my son and his friends loved.



When making cupcakes with cookie toppers, you need to remember the royal icing on the cookies needs to dry for several hours. It is a good idea to decorate them the night before you make the soccer cupcakes.

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How to Make the Soccer Cupcakes:

1. Bake a batch of Martha Stewart's Sugar Cookies and let them cool.

2. Place some white royal icing into a piping bag fitted with #2 decorating tip.

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3. Outline each cookie with the white icing.

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4. Flood the cookies and pop any air bubbles that you see.

5. Let the cookie dry overnight.

6. While the cookies are drying, make the cupcakes with your favorite cake mix.

7. Next, make the cupcake frosting and tint it green. You can make a homemade frosting or use store-bought frosting. Both will work for these simple soccer cupcakes.

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Note: The key to making a soccer cookie is the soccer pattern. First perfect a pentagon shape. Draw it on card stock and cut out. You will want several of these in case things get messy.

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8. Once the royal icing is dry, place the pentagon in the center of the sugar cookie.

9. Use a paintbrush dipped into the black food color gel and outline the pentagon and remove the pattern.

10. Fill in the pentagon with the black food color gel.

11. Then use the paintbrush to make the tip of the pentagons on the edges of the cookie. Follow the picture above for placement.

12. Connect the pentagons with a thinly painted line.

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13. Let the gel food color dry for about an hour. Once it is dry it will feel a little tacky. You can gently dust it with cornstarch to help make it less tacky.

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14. To assemble the cupcakes, place them into a coffee filter.

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15. Use a round cupcake tip to decorate the soccer cupcake with the green frosting. Immediately add the green sprinkles.

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16. Use the tip of your finger to gently press the sprinkles into place. Try not to cover the center of the cupcake so the cookie will stick to the icing.

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17. Add the soccer cookie to the top. If you do cover the center of the cupcake with sprinkles don't worry, just add a little dot of frosting the back of the cookies so they will stay in place.

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I may not know much about soccer, but I have made a few soccer desserts in my day. The desserts are so much fun to make that I may give soccer another try.


If you want to make some soccer cookies to go with your cupcakes, click here for a simple tutorial.