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  • Writer's pictureIt's Just Cake by Lorie

COME BACK SCHOOL - Easy cupcakes idea!

Can you believe back to school season is upon us already?

I wanted to make a special treat for the kids. But, like many of you, I didn’t have time to do super fancy, yet still wanted something fun. So I thought of this simple Back to School Cupcakes idea.


  • boxed cake mix + required ingredients (usually oil, water, eggs)

  • buttercream or vanilla frosting

  • if desired, a tube of Cake Mate green frosting

  • food color(I recommend Americolor for rich, deep colors)

  • 6–12 tootsie rolls


  • Mix up the cake mix as directed and spoon into 24 regular-sized, paper-lined muffin cups. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes.

  • Cool completely.

  • For the frosting – make your favorite buttercream frosting or use the canned variety. The canned variety probably won’t look as pretty, but it’s easier. Save a small portion to tint green for the leaves (you won’t need much) or you can go the easy way and buy a tube of Cake Mate green frosting. Your choice.

  • Frost the cupcakes with red. Cut the tootsie rolls into small pieces and roll into the shape of a stem. Put those in the center of the cupcakes, then pipe in green “leaves.”

  • Enjoy!

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