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Are you prepping for the Big Game yet? As a youth minister’s wife, my husband and I have planned Big Game Day festivities for students for years now. I’m always looking for easy game day recipes that kids and adults both will enjoy. At the same time, I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Game day is half about socialization, anyway, right? One of the tricks of the trade that I’ve picked up over the years is to combine pre-made foods with fresh ingredients for a homemade spin that doesn’t take all day. Today’s Easy Homemade Marinara and Touchdown Ice Cream Cupcakes will fool your guests into thinking you’ve been cooking for hours. Yet that couldn’t be farther from the truth!
These cupcakes have a few secret ingredients that give them that extra burst of flavor! The new Edy’s Touchdown Sundae Ice Cream and Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis are perfect additions to these football themed cupcakes.
- Prepared white cake mix
- 1/2 cup Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis
- Chocolate Frosting
- White Candy Melting Discs
- Limited Edition Edy’s Grand Ice Cream touchdown sundae
Add the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Minis to the prepared cake mix. Bake as directed on cake mix box.
Once the cupcakes have been removed from the oven and cooled, cut the tops off the cupcakes, level with the cupcake wrapper.
Spread chocolate frosting over the cupcake tops.
Melt half a bag of white candy melting discs. Pour the melted candy into a ziploc bag. Snip off a small portion of a corner. Squeeze the melted candy over the chocolate frosting to look like a football.
Return to the cupcakes. Spoon a scoop of Limited Edition Edy’s Grand Ice Cream touchdown sundae on top of the cupcakes.
Top the ice cream with the Football toppers.
These are absolutely delicious and football festive! I’ve even put together a quick video to demonstrate how easy they are to put together.
The two secret ingredients can be picked up at Walmart in the Ice Cream and candy aisles.
If you need something more savory than sweet, this Easy Homemade Marinara pairs wonderfully with a game day pizza. It can even be made with canned tomatoes!
- 1 20 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 small diced onion
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. dried bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Begin by heating the olive oil in a medium sized pot. Add the onion, and cook until soft. Add the crushed tomatoes and spices. Stir completely. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
This marinara pairs perfectly with the DiGiorno® Cheese Stuffed Crust Five Cheese Pizza.
Did I mention this pizza has CHEESE in the crust? This is seriously the softest crust ever!
Want to try it out? The DiGiorno® pizzas are currently on Rollback at Walmart for $5.95. The pizzas can be found in the frozen food section and may be special display at the end of the freezer aisle. Select packages will also have a $1 off coupon on the package!
Stephanie Keeping says
Those football cupcakes look amazing!!
This is a totally awesome idea! Thanks for sharing and we’ll have to do this!
Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says
These sound absolutely amazing and look SO cute!!! Such a fun idea!!
I love that the cupcakes have ice cream in them. YUM!
Oh my gosh those cupcakes look heavenly! I have never thought to cut the tops off of cupcakes and add the ice cream – you’re so clever 😉
Wow, those cupcakes look awesome! Why didn’t I think to put ice cream inside the cupcake before?! Genius! The pizza looks good too. I’m coming to your house for the Super Bowl!
Mega C says
Love the cupcake idea!
Such a clever idea, love the ice cream in the cupcakes and the football top is perfect!
Shauna Smart says
Ice cream in a cupcake. Yum!
Carisa Smith says
I love that these are so easy and I’m sure a crowd pleaser!
Your cupcakes look really great! I’d watch the game for that dessert.
I love the ice cream cupcakes, such a fun idea for the big game!
These sound amazing! My daughter would love them!
yum!! it all looks so good! I love the super bowl because of the food ;o)
This looks soo yummy!
My husband loves those Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, so I know these cupcakes would be a winner with him.
Reesa Lewandowski says
Ice cream?! Cupcakes?! Together?! YUM!
Those cupcakes look SO good, Melanie! I love how you made little footballs too! So cute!
This is such a clever idea for cupcakes! I’ve never thought to put ice cream in the middle. Sounds like something I’ll have to try soon. #client
I made the marinara sauce . It was GREAT! I made white rice and California blend veges, and poured a little sauce on top. My husband loved it. Thank you!
I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you for letting me know.
Stephanie Pass says
These look like some awesome ideas! I love those Butterfinger Cups in desserts.
I’ll be stopping by your place Sunday! I’ll bring the plates, napkins, forks! 😉
My husband just looked over my shoulder and say these…..now he REALLY thinks I need to make him some, and like he got the short end of the stick because I didn’t make anything fun for the big game today. I guess I’ll have to make it up to him by making some asap. 😉
It doesn’t have to be Big Game Day for these. Any day will do! 🙂