It’s that magical time of year when big games are played and football party food fills your shopping list. I’m sharing a few football party ideas
to help you feed a crowd without spending a fortune or missing the game as well as a recipe for a delicious ice cream cake and cupcakes perfect for your big game celebration. I picked up some delicious game time goodies from Walmart and prepped them ahead of time. I also whipped up a few cute decorations in our team colors (spoiler alert: they didn’t win).
I love brownies with ice cream, so I decided to combine the two and make ice cream brownie cupcakes and cake and decorate them to look like little football fields. They turned out so delicious and festive. I used Dreyer’s Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae flavor because it is chocolaty perfection laced with tiny fudge footballs. So yummy.
Cake & Cupcakes
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
Dreyer’s (Edy’s) Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae Ice Cream
12 football themed cupcake holders
Icing (or Frosting if you aren’t from the South)
one 16 oz tub of light whipped topping
one 8 oz block of light cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
green food coloring for icing
green sprinkles & brown sprinkles
12 football cupcake toppers
All ingredients can be found at your local Walmart.
Preheat your oven to 350.
Combine the butter, sugar, and vanilla in your stand mixer or a bowl until mixed well.
Add in the eggs one at a time beating well.
Mix the dry ingredients well and then add to the wet.
Spoon one tablespoon(ish) of the batter in to twelve cupcake holders in your muffin tin. Pour the rest of the batter in to an 8×8 greased cake pan.
Bake for about 10 minutes. I say “about” because I have a 1970s oven that is a little spazzy. When this recipe is baked all together as normal brownies it takes about 28-32 minutes. Just check it regularly after ten minutes. They will be done when a knife or toothpick comes through clean.
Let brownies cool completely. I mean totally cold. Be patient.
After they are TOTALLY cool, spoon the Dreyer’s (Edy’s) Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae Ice Cream on top of each brownie, filling almost to the top of each cupcake holder. Spread a layer of ice cream on top of the brownie in the cake pan as well. Cover both pans and place in the freezer for at least four hours. If you can go overnight, even better. You want it to be frozen solid.
Whip the whipped topping and cream cheese in your stand mixer or with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to whip it into a frenzy. By that I mean whip it really well, and then whip it some more. Separate a small amount to use for the field lines and football laces. Put a few drops of green food coloring in to the remainder of the icing and mix well, continue adding dye until you reach your desired turf color.
Use a butter knife to ice the cupcakes, then cover the top of each cupcake in green sprinkles and top with a football cupcake topper. I took two at a time out of the freezer and then put them back as soon as they were iced.
Pop the cake out of the cake pan and place it on a pretty plate or cake stand. Ice it with a butter knife. I iced the sides but actually think it looked better without the sides iced, showing the fun layers. Use the brown sprinkles to create a basic football shape. The icing is pretty forgiving so just take any wayward pieces off with your finger. Sprinkle your green sprinkles around the rest of the cake to represent the turf. Remember that bit of icing you set aside before dying it? Grab it and put it in a ziplock bag. Cut of just a teeny piece of the tip. Squeeze the bag gently to draw lines on your football. You need one down the middle and one on each end, as well as a few for laces along the middle line. Stick the whole thing in the freezer until half time.
My icing doesn’t look perfect, but that’s real life. I love how these turned out, and they are seriously yummy and so doable. The decorations were so simple. I made a couple of paper flowers and put them in mason jars, and threw down a piece of red burlap on our picnic table. For the banner I bought three 9×12 sheets of felt, cut them in to triangles, and glued them to a ribbon. So easy and festive. Since my team didn’t win I’ll put it away for the Fourth of July. :)
If baking isn’t your thing, serve the Dreyer’s (or Edy’s) Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae Ice Cream in cute bowls. I also had Nestle Crunch Dipped Drumstick Cones on hand and served them in festive bowls to prevent messes & look cute. They are my childhood favorite. Whenever the ice cream man came through our neighborhood, a drumstick was always my first choice.
We served Stouffers Party Lasagna – always a quick and hearty meal. After cooking it I served it from a pretty dish to add a little flair. The great thing about all of my hot food is that I just stuck it in the oven before the game and pulled it out to serve hot. No need to stress or miss the game.
DiGiorno Rising Crust Pizza and Hot Pockets are super portable for parties and always a hit. Guests can grab a slice or a hot pocket and not miss a minute of the action. Festive plates and platters make quick serve food look more special. Do you make special #GameTimeGoodies ahead of time?
What’s your favorite game time treat?
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