My cute son is obsessed with baseball (he calls it "Space Ball"). He actually turns 3 next week and my mom and dad are giving him his own baseball glove and ball. I seriously can't wait to see the look on his face when he opens it! I have been throwing around the idea of having a baseball-themed birthday party for him and as soon as I saw this cute Home Run Cupcake Kit from The Shopping Bag, I knew that I had to do it.
First, I made regular cupcakes. I was just going to follow the directions on the back of a cake mix for my cupcakes, but then I saw this secret for making perfect cupcakes, so I gave it a whirl! The cupcakes turned out moist and delicious.
Perfect Cake Mix Cupcakes Ingredients:
1 box cake mix (any flavor will work)
3 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted (not margarine)
1 cup water
Melt the butter in the microwave. Add cake mix (do not add the ingredients as called for on the box!), eggs, and water to the butter in a large bowl. Mix on low for one minute, then on high for one minute. The batter will be thick and creamy (instead of runny). Scoop batter into cupcake papers (I used an ice cream scoop- you want them to be about 2/3 full). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and then frost. Recipe source: Tidy Mom
The kit comes with two different kinds of cupcake papers, which added so much to my simple cupcakes anyway! But I decided to take it a step further and decorate these cupcakes with a fun baseball theme.
I whipped up a batch of our Perfect Buttercream Frosting and split it in half. I left half of the frosting white and then added green food coloring to the other half. I then frosted half of the cupcakes green and topped with them green tinted coconut (Here is a tutorial on how to tint coconut if you want to do it! It really is easy!) to give it a "grassy baseball field" look.
I popped in one of the toppers- a cute little baseball- and Ta-Da! Baseball #1 cupcake complete!
For the second baseball cupcake, I took a small amount of the white frosting I had left and put it in a bowl, then mixed it with red food coloring until I got the red color I wanted. I put that red frosting in a small Ziploc bag and snipped off a tiny corner (you could also use a fancy decorating tip, but I hate cleaning those bags and tips out! I prefer a ziploc bag for simple things like this).
I frosted the remaining cupcakes with the white frosting and then using my red frosting in my bag, I piped on the red baseball stitching. Quick, easy, and it turned out pretty cute!!
So if you need to celebrate a little baseball player in your life, this is the perfect way to do it- a simple cupcake recipe and a cute baseball cupcake kit!
This post was sponsored by The Shopping Bag. I was given the cupcake kit to try out, but the opinions, pictures, and decorating ideas are my own.
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Home Run Baseball Cupcakes (and a cake mix secret)