Play Ball

Play Ball

Play Ball


Makes 24 cupcakes


2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
Assorted candies and food colorings


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 standard (2-1/2-inch) muffin pan cups with paper baking cups.
  2. Combine 2 cups flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and baking soda in medium bowl. Beat milk, shortening, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add flour mixture; blend well. Beat at high speed 3 minutes, scraping side of bowl frequently. Toss mini chocolate chips with remaining 1 tablespoon flour; stir into batter. Divide evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpicks inserted into centers come out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes to racks; cool completely. Decorate with desired frostings and candies to resemble baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.

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