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Notre Dame Cupcakes + Football Party Food

In just two short days, our hometown team, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, play in the BCS Championship Football Game. Over the years we have watched the Notre Dame Football Team struggle, so it’s extra special to see them have a great season.

To celebrate, we put together a Football Party complete with Notre Dame Cupcakes, food, decorations and party supplies!

These fun cupcakes can easily be adapted for any team, by simply changing the colors and design. I started with a Green Velvet Cupcake Recipe frosted with white icing and sprayed with Wilton Gold Color Mist and used Candy Clay for the shamrocks, and gold icing for the writing.

I’ll share the complete recipe and instructions below, but for now, let’s see the rest of the Football Party

We found everything at Walmart, including the Notre Dame plates, napkins, cups and our Notre Dame Street Sign. Here’s what we served…

The Football Sandwiches are super easy filled with Ham Salad from the Walmart Deli, and the Mini Sausage Balls were such a hit for the holidays, we decided to make them again.

Chips and Nacho Cheese is super easy and always a hit!

To keep those with New Year’s Resolutions happy, we served Healthy Taco Salad with lean ground turkey topped with corn and beans for fiber.

But of course, the Notre Dame Cupcakes were the most popular!

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish cups worked well with the small bottles of soda.

And we found 2 sizes of paper plates too! Make your Game Time easy and fun at your one-stop shop…Walmart!

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Cupcake Supplies

Reminder – the Candy Clay will take several hours to set, so be sure to allow yourself enough time

  • Green Velvet Cupcakes {recipe below} or your favorite flavor
  • 1 batch of Green Candy Clay – recipe and instructions on making Candy Clay HERE
  • Wilton Gold Color Mist Spray
  • Decorator bag fitted with a #3 tip
  • Icing coloring gold – mix golden yellow with a tiny amount of copper
  • Offset spatula


  1. Roll out Candy Clay and cut with small shamrock cookie cutter, set aside
  2. Bake and cool cupcakes
  3. Frost with white icing and smooth with offset spatula run under hot water, let dry about 10 minutes
  4. Place cupcakes on wax paper or paper towel, spray with Color Mist, let dry about 10 minutes
  5. Fill decorator bag with gold colored icing
  6. Using a #3 tip, pipe on the ND
  7. If you don’t want to make the shamrocks, just frost with white icing and pipe on the ND
Green Velvet Cupcakes

Green Velvet Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A great tasting chocolate cupcake, perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any celebration. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com. Adapted from McCormick's


  • 1 chocolate cake mix {I used Devil's Food}
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Green coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill pan with cupcake liners
  2. Mix all ingredients except green coloring
  3. Add green coloring several drops at a time until desired color
  4. Divide batter into liners about 2/3 full
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
  6. Cool completely and frost as desired


You can easily leave out the coloring and these are a great tasting chocolate cupcake.



  1. May have to make these tonight at our family viewing party! We’ve got three generations of ND-alums in my family, two of which are in Miami going to the game! GO IRISH!

  2. I live in Alabama, but I say GO NOTRE DAME!!!! Will be rooting for you guys.

  3. These are so much fun! Pinned it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love the cupcakes!!! Those are super cute. As an ND alum I am so excited for the big game and live seeing these featured!

    1. Thanks so much Suzanne! Thrilled you like the cupcakes! Go Irish! 🙂

  5. Noooo! ROLL TIDE ROLL!

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