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Adorable Back to School Cupcakes

Adorable Back to School Cupcakes

The first day of school is always a crazy time. When I considered sending cupcakes on the first day, my “mommy-sense” emphatically told me not to on so many levels. Most important, it really is just too chaotic to add one more thing to the day. We want to make a good impression, not establish ourselves as “that mom.” Next, with all new classmates, nobody knows yet about allergies, dyes, gluten, dairy, whatever.  Again, don’t want to be the mom that sends half the class to the nurse on the first day…or the first week…or at all, right?

On the other hand, the first day of school is a celebration!  Basically, it’s a great excuse to have cake…sweet, adorable cupcakes.  Brighten the day of your small people and tuck one of these cuties into their lunchbox.  Or maybe you could welcome them home with a special plateful of Back to School cupcakes!

Start with a basic cupcake recipe. Make your favorite flavor, whether from scratch or from a boxed mix. (It’s totally ok!) I used a Vanilla Cupcake recipe for mine.  Here it is:


Vanilla Cupcakes


1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup cold milk


Preheat oven to 350°F.Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition.  Stir in vanilla.In a separate bowl, stir together all dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture; stir in milk.Scoop into a lined cupcake pan and bake 18-24 minutes (12-16 minutes for minis.) Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Yields 12 regular or 24 mini cupcakes.

Back to School Apple Cupcakes

Back to School Apple Cupcakes


Cooled cupcakes you’ve pre-made

Filling (if desired)

Pretzel sticks

Green jelly candy or green fruit snacks


I filled my Apple Cupcakes with pudding!  You don’t have to, but I had some pudding cups in the fridge, so I tossed them in a bag, scooped out the center of my cupcakes and filled them with the pudding.  (I did the same thing for the other cupcakes, but used Nutella!)

Back to school cupcakes fillings

The rest is very simple. Make (or buy) some red or green icing – the recipe for Basic Frosting is here:

Basic Frosting 

1 pound (1 box) confectioners’ sugar, sifted if lumpy
2 egg whites
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and beat for 5 minutes or until very light and creamy. If the mixture is too dry and too thick, add a few drops of milk. Frosting should still be thick. If mixture is too thin add a few more tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar. Color as desired.To make chocolate butter frosting: Beat 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate (1 square) that has been melted, into the recipe above.

Decorate the Apple CupcakesNext, pipe a mound of frosting on top of each cupcake. Add a pretzel stick for the stem and a slice of green jelly candy makes the leaf. Whether regular sized or minis, these are so cute!

Back to School Apple Cupcake

Back to School Chalkboard Cupcakes

Back to School Cupcakes


Cooled cupcakes you’ve pre-made

Filling (if desired) – I used Nutella for these

Chocolate covered graham cookies

Alpha Bits cereal


I scooped out the centers and filled the Chalkboard Cupcakes with Nutella! Not necessary, but I am of the belief that Nutella makes everything taste better.  You could also use caramel, chocolate or butterscotch ice cream topping. A fresh strawberry stuffed in the middle of this cupcake (after it cools) is yummy, too!

Chalkboard Cupcake

Using store-bought or homemade chocolate frosting, pipe a pretty good amount on top of each cupcake.

Prepare the chalkboards by gathering the letters you’d like to use from the box of Alpha Bits cereal. I used “ABC”, “XYZ” and found my name “Tracy”. It’s a little challenging, but what a good job for the kids! Using a little bit of icing or melted chocolate chips, glue the letters to the graham cookies to make little chalkboards. Once they’re cooled, push them into the icing on each cupcake.

Back to School Cupcakes ABC XYZ

Although I haven’t tried this yet, I think that putting the cereal letters directly onto a cupcake with flat-topped icing would be just as cute.

Welcome back to school! Hope you and your kids all have a fabulous year!




The Future of the Cupcake Business and 16 Cool Cupcake Recipes to Try

We had to send cupcakes to a Fall Festival this past weekend and DD wanted to do something “creative and memorable.”  No biggie, right?  I thought maybe a marzipan acorn on top, or a caramel filling of some sort. I love cupcakes and was excited!  Not really what she had in mind, though.  We were destined for two clever varieties of these little treasures, courtesy of my overly creative child.  She masterfully harnessed the power of Fruity Pebbles in one cupcake, and made a more “traditional” cupcake with a Halloween-colored Oreo cookie baked inside.  Both were very tasty, met with lots of “oohs and ahhs” at the festival, and then went pretty fast.  (When we got back, I wanted to kick myself for not taking pictures of these creations… duh.  In a home where many meals are served cold because I have to take pictures first, and there is often a coin flip to see who gets the “money plate” that was set up for the shot!)

Indeed, if the whole grad school thing doesn’t work out for her, she definitely has a future in cupcakes, and it includes Pop Rocks and potato chips!  At any rate, I continue to be fascinated by the crazy rise in the popularity of cupcake shops and the accompanying TV shows.  I’ve found this cool infographic from about this very thing to help grasp what’s really happening in this miniature cake business and also a list of 16 fun cupcake recipes from  

DD has inspired me and I think I’ll try the Elvis cupcake next.  What could possibly be bad about a cupcake that has bacon in it?!?!


16 Crazy Cupcake Recipes

Do you love cupcake recipes? I’m talking about vanilla cupcake recipes, chocolate cupcake recipes, red velvet cupcake recipes, everything in between cupcake recipes? Well, you’re in luck, because this entire collection is completely dedicated the small, sweet, wonderful cupcake. Cupcakes may have a reputation of being a trendy dessert, but who can resist a little cake that is just the right size. Take a look below and find your favorite.

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes – If you love Boston Cream Pie donuts from classic donut shops, you will completely flip for this easy baking recipe.
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Butterbeer Cupcakes – Calling all Harry Potter fans! If you’ve tried the drink version of Butterbeer, wait until you get a taste of these simply scrumptious Butterbeer cupcakes.

Butterfinger Cupcakes – For those with a mega sweet tooth, this easy baking recipe for Butterfinger Cupcakes will hit the spot and then some.
Butterfinger Cupcakes

Churro Cupcakes – Have you ever tried Churros before? They are simply divine. Fried dough delicately crusted with cinnamon…what’s there not to like? Now you can capture that one-of-a-kind flavor in cute cupcake form.

Copycat Cotton Candy Cupcakes – Do you love the sticky-sweet flavor of cotton candy? Do you long for the lazy days of summer? Step right up and enjoy this state fair recipe. Copycat Cotton Candy Cupcakes are a sugary sensation.
Copycat Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Copycat Crumbs Margarita Cupcake – This limey delight is derived from easy Mexican recipes for refreshing margaritas, so this copycat recipe for Crumbs Bakery cupcake will make you say, Ole!
Copycat Crumbs Margarita Cupcake

Copycat Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes – Double the vanilla, double the deliciousness! This easy dessert recipe for Copycat Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes is just as cute as it is tasty.
Copycat Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes

Elvis Cupcakes – This easy dessert recipe is decadence at its best. Make a tribute to the King by baking up a simply delicious batch of Elvis Cupcakes.
Elvis Cupcakes

Homemade “Hostess” Cupcakes – This easy copycat recipe is the perfect afternoon snack. Homemade “Hostess” Cupcakes taste just like the real deal but even better.
Homemade "Hostess" Cupcakes

Reese’s Ice Cream Cupcakes – These Reese’s Ice Cream Cupcakes are the perfect summer confection for you. The ice cream is a special added treat that will cool you and yours off on even the hottest of days.
Reese's Ice Cream Cupcakes

Samoas Cupcakes – One of the best parts of spring has to be Girl Scout Cookie season. The dessert recipes you can make from these cute cookies are endless, like this easy cupcake treat.
Samoas Cupcake

Snickers Cupcakes – These cute cupcakes are for people who dream of Halloween candy all year round. If you’re in the mood for a truly decadent recipe, you just have to give these Snickers Cupcakes a try.
Snicker's Cupcakes

Snow Cone Cupcakes – This easy dessert recipe will make everyone do a double take. If you love getting snow cones every time the good humor truck rolls around, give these Snow Cone Cupcakes a try.
Snow Cone Cupcakes

Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake Copycat – The Sprinkles brand is famous for its delicious array of mouth-watering cupcake dessert recipes. Now you can craft your own with the Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Copycat Recipe.
Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake Copycat

Twinkie Cupcakes – Are you dearly missing the original yellow, cream-filled treat? You can make everyone’s day by baking up a batch of these dreamy little cupcakes.
Twinkie Cupcakes

The 19 Cent Cupcake – Can you even believe it? We didn’t think a 19-cent cupcake was even possible. Now it is thanks to this budget-friendly copycat recipe. Check the full recipe for the cost run down.

Source: Ashley Kolpak, Editor,


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