Back to School Cupcakes + DIY Cupcake Stand
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Back to School Cupcakes + DIY Cupcake Stand

It’s that time again! Back to school! Before the kids are busy with soccer and homework, whip up a fun treat and enjoy the season. This apple cupcake is a delicious dessert that you can make with your kids in the kitchen. Serve them up on a cute, DIY cupcake stand made from items found at Michaels!

Designed by Courtney Dial Whitmore:

 

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Photograph by Kyle Dreier from Push-Up Pops by Courtney Dial Whitmore.  Reprinted with permission by Gibbs Smith

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Material List

  • BACK TO SCHOOL APPLE CUPCAKES
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick, unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large apples, diced
  • APPLE CUPCAKE FROSTING
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • DIY APPLE CUPCAKE STAND
  • round wooden plate
  • wooden candlestick
  • Krylon Gloss Red spray paint
  • Krylon Gloss Ivy Leaf spray paint
  • Goop Craft Art glue
  • Green foam with stick back
 

Project Instructions

BACK TO SCHOOL APPLECUPCAKES

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick, unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large apples, diced

DIRECTIONS
Whisk together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Pour in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract until mixed well. Stir in diced apples. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and mix well between each addition.

Place red cupcake liners (found at Michaels) into a cupcake pan. Fill cavities halfway with batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

APPLE CUPCAKEFROSTING

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
Cream butter with mixer and slowly add powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla extract and beat well for 5 minutes. Add more milk if too stiff or more powdered sugar if too loose.

After cupcakes have cooled, use frosting bags (I used 16inch piping bags from Michaels) to pipe frosting in a circular motion onto cupcakes. You can use a tip for a decorative look or simple cut the tip of the piping bag.

DECORATING THE CUPCAKES

Using Duff Goldman’s Cake Graffiti Color in Red, simply spray your white frosting to give it a red hue. You can absolutely use Wilton gel colors to dye your frosting while mixing if you prefer. I was just excited to try out the cake graffiti – and loved it! Next step is best done over the sink or a trash bowl. Use Wilton Red Sugar Sprinkles on top of your red frosting. Be sure to get the sides too! Your cupcakes are beginning to take on their apple identity, but you’re not done yet.

Place pretzel sticks (broken in half) at the top of each cupcake. Roll out green Swedish fish with a rolling pin or flatten with the side of a knife. You can use your hands to spread out the green fish also. Use a knife to cut a small leaf shape from the gummy candy. Place one on eitherside of your pretzel stick. On some cupcakes, you can use just one for variety. You’re all done!

DIY APPLE CUPCAKESTAND

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

round wooden plate
wooden candlestick
Krylon Gloss Red spray paint
Krylon Gloss Ivy Leaf spray paint
Goop Craft Art glue
Green foam with stick back

DIRECTIONS

In a well-ventilated area, spray your round wooden plate with Krylon Gloss Red spray paint. Be sure to let it dry and spray a second coat. Using Krylon Gloss Ivy Leaf spray paint, spray the candlestick on all sides with a first and second coat. Allow painted wood pieces to dry.

Using Goop Craft Art, glue the top of the wooden candlestick and adhere it to the center bottom of the wooden plate to create your stand. Allow 24 hours to thoroughly dry and set.

Cut out leaf shapes from green foam with sticky back (found at Michaels also). Peel off the paper backing and stick to plate for extra decoration! Your cupcake stand is done and ready for your apple cupcakes.

2-STEP FAVOR BOXES

If you have leftover cupcakes, send them with home with friends in a cute “take-out” box. I picked up the small black take-out boxes from Michaels and visited the wooden aisle for a little extra décor. There are wooden shapes that you can paint yourself or many that are already painted! The apple shapes were adorable so I grabbed a few. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the wooden apple shape to the side of the mini take-out box. You’re all set!

MORE DÉCOR IDEAS

Throwing a back-to-school party with your apple cupcakes and new stand? For a simple table covering, pick up fun, patterned wrapping paper at Michaels. I loved this apple green and red stripe! Wrapping paper also makes for super easy clean-up after the party.

Create signs to label your treats with mini black-boards(also found at Michaels) and chalk. Give each child their own blackboard as a cute favor that they can write on at the party!

Happy Back-To-School fun!

Tips

Adult supervision is required at all times. Oven should only be used by an adult.