Golf Ball Cupcakes


I’ve got the perfect gift for Father’s Day: handmade Golf Ball Cupcakes! If they look too pretty to make yourself, don’t be fooled. You know your Smart Cookie Cook is going to show you the smart way to make ’em. Not only are they adorable, but they’re pretty darn delicious too.

Why the heck would you get dad the same old tie when you could give him these mouthwatering masterpieces?


A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:

  1. These cupcakes aren’t just great for dad; you can make them for any golf lover in your life.
  2. You can find fun cupcake liners to add color to the cupcakes in any craft store.
  3. You don’t have to buy a fancy tool to make the dimples on the golf ball. You can use the end of a paintbrush, or other creative things you have lying around the house.
  4. This is a great basic vanilla buttercream recipe, so save it for future use!
  5. Buy fondant in the baking section of any craft store.


Golf Ball Cupcakes

By The Smart Cookie Cook


  • 24 chocolate cupcakes (I recommend this recipe)
  • Vanilla buttercream (recipe follows)
  • White fondant
  • 1.5 to 2-inch diameter round cookie cutter or bottom of a shot glass
  • Green Wilton Ready-to-Use Decorating Frosting, fitted with a ribbed tip
  • Small round-tipped tool w/ about 1/8-inch diameter: I used the end of a Wilton modeling tool, but you could use the round end of a paint brush too

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 2 stick softened unsalted butter
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4-5 tbsp. chilled heavy cream


  1. Make the frosting: in the bowl of a standing mixer, mix together butter and 2 cups powdered sugar on low speed. As it starts to incorporate, turn the speed up until well-combined. Add another 2 cups of sugar and repeat until all sugar is incorporated.
  2. Beat in vanilla, almond extract, salt, and 4 tbsp. cream until light and fluffy. If it seems a little too thick still, beat in another tablespoon of cream.
  3. Spread a thick, even layer of frosting on each cupcake and set aside.
  4. Roll out the fondant until about 1/16-inch thick. Use the cookie cutter or shot glass to cut out 24 circles. All I had to use was the cap to a dispenser, and it worked great!
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  5. Use the modeling tool to indent each fondant circle with evenly-spaced dimples, covering the entire circle. Gently lay one fondant golf ball on each cupcake.
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  6. Use the green frosting fitted with the ribbed tip to pipe “grass” around the golf ball on each cupcake. Be as messy and random as you like.
  7. Serve or store in an air-tight container in the fridge.


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Colleen Bierstine