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Back to School Apple Cupcakes

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Celebrate the new school year with these easy apple cupcakes!

Easy Apple Cupcakes

Every year, we have a little family celebration before the kids go back to school. It’s nothing big or fancy, but it’s a fun tradition, and I think it gets the kids in the right frame of mind. We like to end the celebration with a fun school-themed dessert. One year, we made a flat school bus cake, and another year, we got brave and made a 3-D version. That was super fun to decorate, but it was a lot of work! So this year, we decided to keep it simple, and we made these easy apple cupcakes. (Aren’t they cute?)

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We started out by making a batch of yellow cupcakes from a cake mix. When the cupcakes were cool, we added some red food coloring to vanilla frosting. You would have to use a ton of red to get the right shade, so we sprinkled some red sugar crystals over the frosting. Then, I cut up some candy fruit into smaller pieces, and we made the stems from pretzel sticks. Easy peasy!

How to Make Easy Apple Cupcakes

This recipe makes about 24 cupcakes, depending upon how high you fill the liners.

INGREDIENTS: 

* I like to use parchment cups for baking, but we put the cupcakes into red cupcake liners before serving them.

DIRECTIONS: 

  1. Follow instructions on box to make cupcakes, and allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  2. Add a few drops of red food coloring to the frosting, and mix well.
  3. Spread a thin amount of frosting on each cupcake.
  4. Sprinkle some red sugar crystals on each cupcake.
  5. Cut pretzel sticks in half, and add to top of cupcakes.
  6. Garnish with sliced candy leaves.

These cupcakes would be perfect for a party or a class treat!

ENJOY! 

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Back To School Apple Cupcakes Recipe

These back to school cupcakes are a festive way to celebrate the beginning of the school year.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword party, school
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 81 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix plus ingredients to make cake
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Red sugar sprinkles
  • 48 Green Candy Leaves sliced thin
  • 24 Pretzel sticks

Instructions

  1. Follow instructions on box to make cupcakes, and allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  2. Add a few drops of red food coloring to the frosting, and mix well.
  3. Spread a thin amount of frosting on each cupcake.
  4. Sprinkle some red sugar crystals on each cupcake.
  5. Cut pretzel sticks in half, and add to top of cupcakes.
  6. Garnish with sliced candy leaves.
Nutrition Facts
Back To School Apple Cupcakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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