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Grand Slam Take-Along Treats

Grand Slam Take-Along Treats

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It’s game day, and when it comes to serving up the after celebration, you want to win the MVB award. Yep. We’re talking Most Valuable Baker.

To achieve that coveted title, you have to score serious points with the home team. These spring and summer sports-themed sweets are sure to win over the crowd. Heads up…be ready for the high-flying high fives coming your way!

BATTER UP

Knock one out of the park with white chocolate dipped sandwich cookies that are decorated like baseballs from The Family Kitchen blog. Incredibly easy to make, they are decorated with edible marker to look like mini baseballs. Here’s how:

Step 1

Dip chocolate sandwich cookies into melted white chocolate.

Step 2

Set aside on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and transfer to the fridge for an hour or so until the chocolate hardens.

Step 3

Once the chocolate has set, use a red edible marker to draw on “stitching.”

Step 4

Let markings dry before packing cookies safely into the Snapware® Snap and Stack® Cookie & Cupcake Carrier . Or package in small cellophane bags tied with baseball-themed ribbon and attach a note saying, “Great Game!” or “You’re an All-Star!”

Looking for a healthier alternative? Using a similar technique to the cookies above, try these Sports Dipped Strawberries from Recipe Girl. Cute with a capital C.

GOOOAAL!

The only thing better than cake is cake on a stick. Give your soccer stars a real kick with candy-coated cake pops decorated like soccer balls. As fun to make as they are to eat, these balls were inspired by Soccer Ball Cake Pops on the blog Karen’s Soiree! Make them with your favorite cake recipe and decorate to fit almost any sport using a ball.

Step 1

Begin by baking a box mix or from-scratch cake in a Baker’s Secret® 9” x 13” Cake Pan

Step 2

Once the cake cools, crumble by hand, or give a whirl in the food processor, until fine crumbs form.

Step 3

Combine crumbs with cake frosting to form a thick paste. Roll into 1½-inch balls and place on a nonstick or lined Baker’s Secret cookie sheet Move to the fridge and let balls firm up.

Step 4

Dip tip of cake pop stick into melted white candy coating. Insert stick about halfway into each cake ball and let set for 2 minutes.

Step 5

Holding the stick, dip the whole cake ball into the melted candy, letting excess candy drip off. Poke ends of sticks into a plastic foam block and let completely harden.

Step 6

Using an edible marker, draw on and color in the signature pentagons seen on a standard soccer ball.

SOFTBALL SWEETS

On the field, competitive girls are anything but sweet. But bring out a batch of these cute-as-can-be cupcakes and you can bet they’ll line up for them. Inspired by a favorite ballpark treat, these way-cool ICEE Cupcakes from Crazy for Crust are a sure hit.

Step 1

Make 2 dozen mini cupcakes using your favorite cupcake box mix or recipe and BAKER’S SECRET® 24 CUP MINI MUFFIN PAN.

Step 2

Whip up your favorite buttercream frosting. Tint it dark pink with a box of cherry gelatin mix and a bit of maraschino cherry juice. Add more powdered sugar or heavy cream to get the right consistency. Frost cupcakes.

Step 3

Cut a red straw into fourths, angling one into each cupcake.

Step 4

Print out ICEE labeland attach to front of cupcake liner.

LOVE-LOVE

Ace your tennis player’s after-match munchies with these Bite-Size Tennis Cookies in a Jar from The Decorated Cookie. You don’t even need special cookie cutters to serve up these cute little sugar cookies that look like tennis balls. Make sure to use royal icing, a smooth hard-drying icing, when the time comes for decorating. Score!

Step 1

Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe, forming small round and oval cookies. Bake
and cool completely.

Step 2

To make tennis balls, mix up a batch of your preferred royal icing recipe and tint at least
half of it lime green and lemon yellow with a little food coloring.

Step 3

Using the leftover white icing, pipe the felt line that runs along the surface of a
standard tennis ball. For advance players, try decorating some rackets too!

Step 4

Let the cookies dry completely before packing them up in mini mason jars or decorative paper cylinders (to mimic a sleeve of tennis balls).

FORE THE WIN

Make a hole in one with the avid golfer in your life with this Chocolate Stout Cake with Dulce de Leche and Vanilla Bean Buttercream at Love and Olive Oil. Perfect for a golf-themed birthday or retirement party, or to mark the first or last round of a stellar season, this triple-layer beauty looks like a picture-perfect putting green.

Step 1

Bake three 8-inch round cakes and cool completely.

Step 2

Cut the rounded top off each cake so they stack level.

Step 3

Make or buy your favorite buttercream frosting.

Step 4

Place one cake on top of another, spreading frosting in between each layer.

Step 5

Cut an off-center hole large enough to insert a shot glass into the top of the cake, and
drop in glass.

Step 6

Add a few drops of green food coloring to remaining frosting and frost entire surface of
cake.

Step 7

Using a grass decorating tip, pipe “grass” onto the top of cake and around bottom edge. Add a white chocolate golf ball or plastic practice ball.