Into-the-Net Basketball Cupcakes

Celebrate the big game or your favorite baller with these adorable basketball desserts. Using a boxed cake mix, OREO Cookies and purchased icing makes this an easy layup!

Let's whip it up

Prep time:

0 min

Total time:

0 min



Ingredient list

  • 32 OREO Cookies, divided
  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
  • 1 container (16 oz.) ready-to-spread white frosting
  • 18 drops EACH red and yellow food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp. EACH brown and red decorating icing
  • 2 Tbsp. white decorating icing

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Recipe Tips


Heat oven to 350°F.


Chop 8 cookies; reserve remaining cookies for later use.


Prepare cake mix as directed on package; stir in chopped cookies. Spoon into 24 paper-lined muffin pan cups.


Bake 18 to 21 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 5 min. Remove cupcakes from pans to wire racks; cool completely.


Spoon white frosting into medium bowl. Add red and yellow food colorings; mix well. Spread about 1 tsp. orange frosting onto top of each of the reserved cookies; spread remaining orange frosting onto cupcakes.


Spoon brown decorating icing into small resealable plastic bag. Repeat in separate bags with red and white icings. Cut small piece off one bottom corner of each bag.


Use brown icing to decorate tops of cookies to resemble basketballs. Draw a curved red line on top of each cupcake with red icing to resemble a basketball hoop. Use white icing to draw lines for the nets. Place decorated cookies on tops of cupcakes to resemble basketballs being dunked in the nets.