We are starting our 6th season of coaching this year and during that time I completed four years of dental school, moved twice (once across town and once to another state), worked part time, and had a baby. So needless to say, I stayed pretty busy during each of those seasons. My schedule limited my ability to be at all the football games, practices and team events. However, I still really wanted the team and my husband to know I supported them even though I wasn’t always around. I love to cook and bake and find it stress relieving (and delicious) so I use that love to help share my love and support for the team.
I started out baking for coaches, then moved on to my husband’s group of players, and then started baking for the team. This year we moved to a new school and the quantity of baked items moved from around 60 players to over 100. No problem — just need an extra box of cake mix!! I wanted to share the things I’ve made and how to bake for 100 football players.
- Mini cupcake pan-I have one from pampered chef and love it.
- Football themed cookie cutters
- Cake decorating kit
- Cupcake liners- team colors or footballs
- Cookie scoop- the absolute best way to scoop cupcakes into liners
- Aluminum and Tupperware containers for easy transport.
Ingredients that make it easy:
Boxed cake mix! I cannot emphasize enough how cake mix can be used to make cake, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies. I have a recipe I am including that jazz up the box mix so it tastes even better than homemade.
Best and Favorite Boxed Cupcake/Cake: (easy)
You can really use any flavor of cake mix, but I prefer German Chocolate
Add to the mix:
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 3 eggs
- 1 package of instant pudding (any flavor, but I normally use chocolate with a chocolate cake, vanilla works just as well)
- ½ c. water
- ½ c. vegetable oil
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips.
Best thing is you just add all these to your mixer, mix for about 2 minutes on medium and bake at 350 for about 18 minutes. Cool completely and then decorate. If you use double this recipe and make them mini you can make 140 cupcakes.
(Chocolate cupcakes or brownies can easily be turned into footballs.)
Football Shaped Sugar Cookies: (a little more difficult/time consuming)
- 1.5 cups butter (softened)
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Chill dough (at least an hour). The more chilled the dough is the easier it is. Roll out dough on floured surface to about ¼ of an inch thick. Flour your cookie cutters and cut out your shapes. Place on cookie sheet (ungreased) but I use wax/parchment paper to avoid a mess. Bake at 400 for like 8 minutes until they are starting to brown on the corners. Cool completely and decorate with regular frosting, or you can ice them immediately.
Anyone else have ideas for things you can make in bulk for the team?