These Touchdown Cakes were made with sugar free cake mix. Don't be afraid to try them because they really are delicious, and it's almost impossible to tell the difference in the taste compared to "regular" cake mix. Whenever I cook, I like to add my own touch to recipes, so I added milk, orange juice, and orange zest for a subtle orange flavor.
If you prefer, use regular cake mix or gluten free cake mix and my decorating ideas. Whether you make yellow orange or chocolate orange cakes, I am sure your friends and family will appreciate that you accommodated their needs.
Sugar Free Touchdown Cakes
1 box Pillsbury Yellow Sugar Free Cake Mix (or any other cake mix)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/3 cup canola oil
(For Chocolate Football Cakes only)
1 tablespoon cocoa
Icing for Cupcakes:
Pillsbury Sugar Free chocolate and vanilla icings (or your favorite chocolate and vanilla icings)
Yellow Touchdown Cakes
1. Preheat oven to 325. Prepare pans with a light coating of shortening and a dusting of flour.
2. Place all ingredients EXCEPT cocoa and icing in a large bowl and blend with a mixer for 2 minutes.
3. Spoon batter into each muffin tin until it is half full. Bake according to cupcake time on package or when inserted toothpick comes out clean.
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Chocolate Football Cakes
I only made one pan of the yellow orange cakes and had a small amount of batter left over that I made mini football cakes with using my Easter egg cake pan.
All I did was add 1 tablespoon of cocoa to the batter to make chocolate orange cakes.
If you don't have a football shaped pan, use a 4 cavity egg shaped pan. Grease and flour pans, then fill halfway with batter. Bake according to cupcake time on package or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
These cupcakes will be rounded like real eggs, so when the cupcakes cool, level out one side of the egg so it will lie flat. This makes a nice football shape.
Frost with chocolate icing.
To make the laces, you can put vanilla frosting in a pastry bag and pipe it on.
However, I know some people don't have a pastry bag kit. You can buy tubes of white icing, but I have not see any tubed icing that is sugar free. To make this cake totally sugar free, I used leftover vanilla icing and drew the laces on with a toothpick.
If you are hosting a Super Bowl Party and would like some other ideas, check out my Super Bowl Recipes.
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