March Madness is upon us. Celebrate your bracket wins with these easy-to-make cupcakes. Make them with or without numbers from your favorite team’s players. These cupcakes are also great for celebrating the end of the season for school or intramural sports.
What you will need:
- Black cupcake liners
- Sports Ball Cookie Cutter Texture Set
- Cupcake Top Fondant cutters
- Orange fondant
- small amount of brown fondant
- Black edible marker
- Black candy coating
- fine tipped squeeze bottle
Bake and cool your cupcakes. Smoothly ice the top with an icing that will form a crust. Mix a small amount of brown fondant into your orange fondant. Knead the fondant until the color is completely blended and is a nice basketball orange color. Roll the fondant out to about a 1/8″ thickness and emboss with the basketball design from the Sports Ball Cookie Cutter Texture Set. Cut the fondant basketballs out using the medium-sized cutter from the Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters. For more in depth instructions, visit our blog, How-To Cover a Cupcake in Rolled Fondant.
Once the icing on the cupcakes has crusted, brush a thin layer of piping gel over the tops of the cupcakes. Attach the fondant to the top of each cupcake. Gently press down with your fingers to adhere. Let cupcakes set awhile before adding black lines.
From your computer, print off players numbers in your desired font and size. Or just print off numbers 0-9. Place a piece of parchment paper over the printer paper. Melt black candy coating in a microwave safe bowl and pour into a squeeze bottle. Make sure the squeeze bottle has a fine opening so that you can control the chocolate easier. Carefully trace over each number by outlining it and then filling it in. Be sure to put the chocolate on fairly thick so that they aren’t as fragile later on. Place the sheet of parchment in the freezer for just a minute or two.
Make the black lines on the basketball with an edible marker. Once all the lines are drawn, carefully remove the numbers from the parchment paper by running the paper downwards across the edge of a table or counter. Attach the numbers to the cupcakes with a dot of melted chocolate.