November 22nd, 2010
Basketball Cupcakes – dome-shaped cupcakes decorated like a basketball, frosted with slightly sweetened whipped cream tinted orange and piped with semisweet chocolate markings. Price available upon request.
This was my first time making basketball cupcakes and I debated in my mind how to decorate them. Do I make separate toppers or just decorate straight on the cupcake? As I am partial to chocolate, I thought of making chocolate toppers. Alas, I did not have enough time as I was given less than a week’s notice by E._ so I just decided to turn the cupcakes into edible basketballs.
My chocolate butter cupcakes are a perfect fit as they bake into a dome, unlike my devil’s food which have flat tops. I tried a creme ivoire topping (a white chocolate glaze courtesy of Rose Levy Beranbaum) and tinted it orange. I also tried a whipped cream topping. I told E._ that the whipped cream topping will most likely appeal to the children who will attend the party. She texted me back and said that the cupcakes were for grown ups. Oops, my bad. E._ must have been smiling (and probably laughing as well) while texting that message to me. Anyway, I suggested another flavor that I knew will be a hit with them: mocha with bits of chocolate coffee candies. So I made one batch chocolate butter and one batch mocha. Yum.
Later on, I found out from M._ who picked up the cupcakes that the desserts were for E._’s boyfriend who was celebrating his birthday. Thanks, E._! I’m sure your party was fab!