Back to School Cupcakes

Back to School Cupcake Tutorial

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday! I’m so excited you are here! Be sure to check out the ALL NEW Cupcake Heaven page! And if you are in need to a special cupcake design, use the “Be a Hero” area!

Have your kiddos started school yet? My youngest started last week, and my middle son started college yesterday. It’s such a fun and exciting time for all of us! To celebrate, I have a very special surprise for you all today. Paul Bradford, cake designer has graciously designed a very special Back to School Cupcake for us and also created an exclusive how to video tutorial!

Paul and his Sugarcraft School aim to provide you with all the information and skills you need to be a successful cake decorator. They have hundreds of hours of step-by-step video courses on our website, with new cake designs added weekly. The courses will teach you a wide range of cake decorating skills, with basic designs to suit beginners to more challenging designs for the experienced. While the cake designs featured in their courses may inspire you, the skills and confidence you will gain are invaluable, allowing you to create cake designs as wild as your imagination.
With a wealth of experience including making cakes for royalty in the UK and Prince Albert of Monaco, to running one of the UK’s  biggest designer cake businesses, Paul and his team have a lot of expertise which they are happy to share.

Pretty cool, huh? Paul makes it look so easy!

And one more surprise for you…how would you like to have a membership to Paul Bradford’s Sugarcraft School, where you can learn lots of cool cake decorating techniques? Even though Tuesdays aren’t typically my giveaway days, I just knew Cupcake Tuesday fans would want to enter to win!

Head on over and enter for your chance to win a Membership for a Year!

Now it’s your turn…show off your cupcake creations! I’d appreciate a link back and be sure to check out the other cupcakes!


Back to School Printables and Apple Cupcake Pops

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We all know teachers work day in and day out, why not treat them to something special! These Back to School Printable Teacher Thank You Cards designed by Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake are a perfect way to show a teacher she is special!

The Thank You Cards and Apple Cupcake Pops directions are exclusive to Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter. You can read all about the newsletter and subscribeit’s FREE!

Aren’t they adorable? Charlotte does such amazing work! Check out her Etsy Shop for more cute, affordable Party Printables!

And the Pencil Vase…super fun!

Note to new subscribers…

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From last year…Printable Lunch Box Notes {also available from Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter}

Looking for more Back to School Cupcakes? I have lots to choose from!

Linking to…Positively Splendid


Back to School Cupcakes with School Supplies

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday! I’m so excited you are here! Be sure to check out the ALL NEW Cupcake Heaven page! And if you are in need to a special cupcake design, use the “Be a Hero” area!

Well my youngest is off to High School, today is the first day of school here and although we are out of the crayon stage, Casey will still enjoy these Back to School Cupcakes with School Supplies!

Made with my favorite, Candy Clay, the school supplies are quite easy to make, and actually something the kids could help with as well. It’s kind of like playing with Play Doh, but they can eat these.

You can get the recipe for Candy Clay at the bottom of this post, or head on over and get the instructions from when I shared before. After the cupcakes are baked and cooled, frost them how ever you like and add some sprinkles.

Back to School Cupcakes Supplies:

  • Cupcakes baked and cooled, frosted and sprinkles
  • 1 batch of Candy Clay {recipe and directions at bottom}
  • Airhead candy {red}
  • Decorator bag and #3 tip
  • Frosting
  • Black, Buttercup Yellow, Pink, Blue and Green coloring {or other colors for the crayons}

Now it’s time to start working on the School Supplies

Back to School Cupcakes: School Supplies – Book

  1. Using a small piece of white candy clay, mold it into a square
  2. Flatten out a red Airhead candy and shape it around the candy clay. Cut off excess Airhead
  3. Using the back of a knife, make some lines in the book for the pages

Back to School Cupcakes: School Supplies – Ruler

  1. Color a piece of candy clay with Wilton Buttercup Yellow coloring, mix it very well. Tip: if you don’t want your hands dirty, you can wear plastic gloves. Knead the clay a lot, until all the coloring is blended in.
  2. Using a small piece of candy clay, form a rectangle
  3. Color a small amount of frosting with Black coloring, fit a decorator bag with a #3 tip and fill with black frosting
  4. Pipe on the numbers and lines with black frosting

Back to School Cupcakes: School Supplies – Pencil

  1. Use a piece of the yellow candy clay and make a cylinder shape
  2. Color a piece of which candy clay with Pink coloring, kneading it until completely blended
  3. Use a small piece of pink for the eraser and a small piece of white for the tip
  4. Using the black frosting, pipe on the lines next to the eraser and a little black for the lead of the pencil

Back to School Cupcakes: School Supplies – Crayons

  1. Color the candy clay using the same method as above, color a piece whatever you like for crayons, then tear off a small piece and color it with the same color but darker
  2. Mold the crayon into a cylinder shape
  3. Then using the darker color, add the tip and end of crayon
  4. Using the black frosting, pipe on the lines on the crayon


Candy Clay

Candy clay can be used in place of fondant, and taste a whole lot better. Recipe from Originally shared in Cupcakes, Cookie & Pies, oh MY! Cookbook

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes



  1. Melt candy wafers in the microwave, stopping every 20 seconds and stirring. It should take about 1 minute total. I stop when there are a few small pieces left and stir until completely melted, that way I don’t over cook it.
  2. Add 1/3 cup corn syrup and stir until well combined. It will look a little grainy.
  3. Place clay on a piece of plastic wrap, cover and let set for at least 3 hours at room temperature.
  4. Add color if you are using white candy melts, add a little with a toothpick, it doesn’t take much {I learned that really quickly}
  5. Need clay with your hands. You can wear plastic gloves if you want, the coloring did wash off my hands, but you may want to.
  6. After the clay is completely colored, wrap in plastic wrap and let set about 15-20 minutes. I found it was a lot easier to work with after it had firmed back up.


It’s best if the clay is made the night before you need to use it. Be sure to allow, 3 hours for it to set and an additional 15-20 minutes after you color it for it to firm back up.

Original school supply inspiration from Woman’s Day

Original candy clay recipe from Cupcakes, Cookies & Pies! oh my!

Linking to…Positively Splendid

Back to School Week: Printables

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Here we are at the end of our Back to School Week! We have had such a great time sharing organizing tips, crafts, teacher gifts ideas, easy meal ideas, and of course Back to School Cupcakes!

These Lunchbox Notes were created by none other than Charlotte at The Paper Cupcake! They are FREE and can be found in the Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter this week, along with these delicious Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes!

Aren’t they just the cutest? {I know I say that every month, don’t I?} Just look how fun they are for your kiddos lunches!

So…if you would LOVE these Lunchbox Notes Printables and didn’t receive a Cupcake Chronicles Newsletterhead on over and sign up!! If you sign up after today {August 19}, just leave me a comment and I will send you the Newsletter with the Printables!

Oh and in case you are wondering, that cute little lunchbox is from Easy Lunchboxes…and yes, they are super easy! And the cute little Goldfish Sandwich Bread is from Pepperidge Farm.

Now, just in case you are looking for some fun Back to School Subway Art, I wanted to share a couple with you…and their FREE!

This adorable School Days Printables was shared by Sweet Coconut Lime…check it out!

Free Time Frolics shared this Back to School Printable…love it!

Wouldn’t they be cute to print and frame as a teacher gift too?

Back to School Week Round-up…

I will be taking a little break in the Back to School action to share some other ideas, but I will be back on Thursday with Back to School Lunch Ideas!

Share your Back to School Ideas or Tips with us!

Linking to…Made by you Mondays, Get Your Craft On

Classroom Kids Cupcakes for Back to School

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday! I’m so glad to have you! I have updated the Cupcake Heaven page, there are over 100 designs and recipes! Check it out!!

Well, here we are…time for School! My younger boys start tomorrow and my oldest that is in college starts next week. We are holding onto every last minute of Summer that we can.

I first saw these fun Classroom Kids Cupcakes over at Wilton, but simplified them for you by using a Vanilla Wafer Cookie instead of the royal icing that they used for the face. I think they are perfect for a Classroom Party, or even a birthday party.

Classroom Kids Cupcake Supplies

During my trip to Wilton Headquarters, I picked up these Food Writers at the Tent Sale. I haven’t had the opportunity to use them yet, and I seriously think I will be hunting for cupcakes that I can use them on. They are super easy, and are just like you are using a regular marker. They dry quickly and don’t smudge at all.

Add the face to the Vanilla Wafer, being as simple or complex as you like.

Color the frosting in a variety of colors, I used pink and purple for girls, green and blue for boys. Then for the hair, I colored brown, black, yellow and then for the reddish hair, I combined copper and a drop of red. Fill frosting in decorator bags and use either a Round Tip #3 or #4 or both if you like.

Place the face {vanilla wafer} on the cupcake, placing it toward the top, add the hair and then pipe on the children’s names.

Did you see the Pencil Cupcakes I shared in Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter last Friday? Super easy and so much fun!

Follow along all week while I share great Back to School Ideas! Yesterday we talked about Organizing Tips!

Now it’s your turn…show off your cupcake creations! Be sure to link back so others can enjoy the cupcakes and check out the other cupcakes!

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