As cute as they are, these back to school chalkboard cupcakes aren’t that difficult to make. In fact, it’s as easy as ABC or 123!
I’ve heard it both ways… sometimes parents are super stoked it’s time for kids to go back to school and if they could they would have sent them back AGES ago. Sometimes parents are sad because they will miss their kids or, more often, they don’t want to resume getting up early to get the kids off to school at an ungodly hour in the morning :) No matter which camp you’re in, school is going back into session whether we’re ready or not.
It seems at the end of every summer I find myself in a total panic to find something to do with my nephews before they have to go back to school. I’ll be texting my sister, “School website says that registration is on the sixth. Do I have to have them back in time for that?” And the answer to that one is nope she can handle that on her own but I do have an exact date that I can return them no later than :) And I haven’t missed the deadline yet.
In fact, this year I’ve already borrowed the children and taken them back home. Huzzah for progress! And now that they are back home they get to do all of the fun stuff boys just love. Like back to school shopping. Not, right? My sister convinced and my mom to do it one year and we both swore never. ever. again. I couldn’t get the youngest to try on pants the right way. He had started wearing all pants backward, totally insistent that they were more comfortable that way. I never figured out how he zipped and buttoned the darn things up that way, but he did. I remember standing in the middle of the changing room area at Old Navy trying to get the oldest to try on ANYTHING and I was yelling at the youngest to but those darn things on right! With my mom standing nearby just saying things like “we got tricked” and “I am never, ever doing this again.” Thinking back on it, I have a huge smile. Isn’t it funny how memories are? :)
But I’ve gotten off track and you came here for cupcakes, right? Right.
Back to School Cool Chocolate Chalkboard Cupcakes
Using a box mix and ready-made fondant, these chalkboard cupcakes only look like you spent all afternoon working on them and they are the perfect as a first day of school snack or treat for your teacher. Nobody has to know they were as easy as “A,B,C” or “1,2,3” to make, do they? :)
- 1 box chocolate cake mix, any brand
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- Black cupcake liners
- White frosting
- Black fondant
- White Good & Plenty candies
- Wilton Apple Icing decorations (look in store at Walmart or Hobby Lobby)
- 2.75″ biscuit cutter
- Disposable piping bag
- Wilton #4 or #5 small round frosting tip
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12 count muffin tin with black cupcake liners.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and water. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full.
- Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely and then decorate.
To turn your plain cupcakes into adorable back to school chalkboard cupcakes:
Generously frost the top of your cupcake.
Use a rolling pin to roll out your black fondant to 1/8″ thick. With a 2.75″ biscuit cutter, cut out round circles for each cupcake.
Place the fondant circles directly on top of the frosted cupcakes.
Prepare a piping back with your Wilton #4 or #5 small round frosting tip and fill with white frosting. Pipe onto the black fondant “ABC” or “123”. Apply a small amount of icing to 1 white Good & Plenty licorice candy for the chalk and 1 Wilton icing apple and place on top of the cupcake to finish.
Now isn’t that about the cutest thing you ever saw? And so easy, right?