I like the idea that with the candy cups you don't need to use a cupcake pan. But are they challenging to remove from the cupcake? Lastly, for anyone who chimes in tell me what you think.
Two single tiers side by side. One with a pink football helmet, one with blue to match the theme of Team Pink or Blue.
Then pink/blue cupcakes circling the corresponding tiers. Place a matching gum paste football helmet on top.