Basketball Cupcakes

If your family loves to play a little B-ball like ours does, these Basketball Cupcakes will be a huge hit with your sports fans big and small. My younger two boys started to play basketball for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever watching little ones learning to play a new sport. From the double dribbles to the wild throws, it’s really been a delight to watch them play! Whether you just enjoy shooting hoops in the driveway, watching your favourite team on the t.v. (Go Raptors!) or play competitively, Basketball Cupcakes are always a slam dunk! 

Basketball Cupcakes - Mom vs the Boys

Basketball Cupcakes

You’ll Need

Cupcakes, any flavour

Orange and Brown buttercream icing 

Frosting Spatula

Piping bag with Writing tip


Putting Them Together

You can use any flavour of cupcake you like, I made rainbow chip for these ones from a boxed cake mix. For cupcake liners I choose a plain green  because I had them on hand and thought they went well, almost like grass. If you found some basketball themed cupcake wrappers that would be great too!

Using a spatula spread the orange icing all over the top of the cupcake to create almost a smooth dome shape.

TIP: To smooth icing, wet a paper towel and wring out any excess water. Place the damp paper towel on top of the icing and lightly smooth it out with our fingertips. Pull off the paper towel, you may see some pattern go onto the icing from your paper towel, I actually left it this way because I thought they looked similar to the texture of a real ball!

Prepare the piping bag and tip with the brown icing. 

TIP: To get those even curved lines on either side, use the rim of a small drinking glass and gently press into the icing to create a guide for you to pipe on. Now use the brown icing and pipe a line following the indent you created with the drinking glass. 

Next pipe a straight line down the middle and another straight across the center. 

Basketball Cupcakes - Mom vs the Boys

For other sports cakes, check out these:

Soccer Cupcakes

Football Cupcakes

Basketball Smarties Cake


  1. The kids are going to love these thanks for sharing

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    So cute, boys will be over the moon with these cupcakes 🙂

  3. Elva Roberts says:

    These Basketball cupcakes are the ‘cat’s meow’ to a basketball player. They are exactly the right food to serve small basketball players. They will love them , I don’t play basketball and I love them. Thank you for sharing.

  4. These are so cute and easy to do.

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