Golf Course Cupcake Cake with Simple Vanilla Cupcakes #SundaySupper

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This week for #SundaySupperwe are doing part two of  the recipes from Katie Workman’s cookbook, The Mom 100 CookbookI’ve been enjoying working my way through this cookbook during the past month. I’ve made the Japanese Restaurant Salad, Chickpea Poppers, two version of the Basic Vinaigrette, and Tofu Veggie Stir-Fry.  They all been wonderful recipes but the one thing I haven’t tried yet was a dessert.

That brings me to this past weekend.  It’s my dad’s 60th birthday this month and we were having a surprise party for him last weekend.  He had no idea we were planning it.  I wanted to make him a special cake for this big occasion.  He loves to go golfing so I thought about a golf cake but then I came across a picture of a golf cupcake cake.  I needed a good vanilla cupcake recipe for the base and knew I saw one in Katie Workman’s cookbook.  Sure enough there was a recipe for simple vanilla cake with a variation for making cupcakes.

      These cupcakes were simple to bake and I already had all of the ingredients on hand.  The only change I made was to cut out some of the butter and add in applesauce in it’s place to cut down on some of the fat.  These cupcakes are super moist and buttery.  They also hold up well to frosting.

For the frosting I made a simple buttercream and dyed 3/4 of it green and then divided the remaining 1/4 into two bowls.  I dyed one blue and left the other white.  To make the golf course I first placed the cupcakes where I wanted them on a cake board.  Then I frosted the sand trap cupcakes with white and sprinkled them with crushed graham cracker crumbs.  Next I did the putting green. It was a little more difficult because most of the pieces had half sprinkles and half jimmies on them.  Then I finished up with the water hazard.

My dad absolutely loved the cake!  He thought it was so creative to use cupcakes, that everyone could grab, and make a golf course out of them.  I really like the way they turned out too and they tasted good as well.


Golf Course Cupcake Cake with Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

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Author: Hezzi-D


For the cupcake:

  • 10 T. butter 1 stick + 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 1/4 c. sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. low fat milk

For the buttercream:

  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 T. low fat milk

For decorating:

  • 2 sheets graham crackers crushed
  • 1/4 c. blue sprinkles
  • 1/3 c. light green sprinkles
  • 1/2 c. dark green jimmies
  • Tiny white mints


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners. Set aside.
  • In medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer beat them together until light and fluffy. Add in the applesauce and mix until combined.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Add half of the flour mixture and mix until just blended. Add the milk and stir until almost incorporated. Mix in the remaining flour until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tins. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • Meanwhile place the softened butter for the frosting in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until the butter is fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until well incorporated. The frosting will be stiff.
  • Mixing on low speed, add in the vanilla and then the milk 1 teaspoon at a time until it is the desired consistency.
  • Dye 3/4 of the frosting green. Dye half of the remaining frosting blue and leave the rest white.
  • Frost 18 cupcakes with the green frosting, 3 with white, and 3 with blue. Top the white cupcakes with crushed graham cracker crumbs. Top the blue cupcakes with blue sprinkles. Using the picture as a guide, top the green cupcakes with green sprinkles and dark green jimmies.
  • Assemble the cupcake cake on a cake board. Use tiny white mints for gold balls and make a flag for the hole. Enjoy!


Source: The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman


Serving: 24cupcakes

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  1. Oh my gosh- sooooo CUTE! That is such a great idea! Totally doing this for hubbys bday – hope you don’t mind 🙂

  2. What a cute idea for decorating your cupcakes!!! My golfers (and cupcake lovers) would enjoy these beauties! Great #SundaySupper post…I was eying this recipe, too 🙂

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