How To Make Creative Back to School Cupcakes



It’s September and that means it’s every parents favorite time of the year – back to school! Why not celebrate with your child by baking some delicious [and great looking] back to school cupcakes for them to bring on their first day!

What You’ll Need

  • Cake Mix of Your Choice
  • Vanilla Icing
  • Decorating Dough
  • Food Coloring
  • Toothpicks
  • Edible Color Markers

Start out by baking your cupcakes in your favorite flavor. While they’re in the oven you can break out your decorating dough and knead it until it’s workable, as straight out of the package it’s hard as a rock. I started by making the squares I would use for the books and the loose leaf paper. I didn’t want to start mixing the dough with any food coloring first because sometimes that can get messy and I didn’t want all the dough to turn colors. So I started with the white stuff.

How To Make Creative Back to School Cupcakes - White Dough Pack
Edible Decorating Dough

Once that was finished I ripped off a chunk of dough and squeezed some food coloring gel into it and kneaded it until it was all yellow.

How To Make Creative Back to School Cupcakes - Yellow Dough
Dough Mixed with Yellow

I used gel food coloring because, in my opinion, it’s more vibrant and less of a mess.

How To Make Creative Back to School Cupcakes - Food Coloring Gel
Food Coloring Gel

Once the dough was completely yellow I was able to cut out the shapes for the rulers. To cut the shapes I just used the un-serrated side of a butter knife so there were no ridges. I let everything sit for a bit so it had time to harden. After the decorations were a little harder, I was able to use the edible color markers to add detail. I also colored some red and green dough, while I was waiting, to use for the outside of the books.

How To Make Creative Back to School Cupcakes - Decorations
All the Decorations
How To Make Creative Back to School Cupcakes - Decorations on Toothpick
Decoration on Toothpick

I wasn’t sure how I was going to place this stuff on top of a cupcake but I figured standing the paper up would be best so the A+ stood out. I slid a toothpick into the bottom of the decorating dough so it would stand without falling over.

How To Make Creative Back to School Cupcakes - Almost Done
Placing Decorations on Cupcakes

When the A+ went on, I just decorated around it.

How To Make Creative Back to School Cupcakes - Finished
Finished Back to School Cupcakes

After some little touch ups and cleaning up this was how it came out in the end!

Did you try to make these back to school cupcakes or some other cool decorations? Let me know in the comments!

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Juelz is an artist that specializes in traditional arts such as drawing and painting while gathering her inspiration from life’s occurrence. Juelz also loves to perfect bakery confections and hopes to bring the feeling of art others.

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