Apple Shaped Cupcakes Perfect for Back to School

Back to school is upon us! My son goes back to school in a little over a week. Looking for the perfect gift idea for your child’s teacher or classroom? These apple shaped cupcakes are too cute for back to school. Take them to back to school night, orientation or the first day of school. These are also great for fall parties!

Apple Shaped Cupcakes

Apple Shaped Cupcakes Recipe

Yields: 24 cupcakes

Prep: 25 minutes | Bake: 25 minutes | Total: 50 minutes


1 box white cake mix (+ required oil and eggs)

1 container white frosting

Green gummy candy to create leaves (I used Jolly Rancher Sour Bites gummies – the green apple worked perfectly cut in half with kitchen scissors and shaped into a leaf by hand)

Small pretzel sticks, broken in half

Red food coloring

Aluminum foil

Apple Shaped Cupcakes


Place cupcake liners in 2 cupcake pans (red worked well for this). Using aluminum foil, tear off a small section and roll it up into a cylinder – approximately ½ in diameter. Place it at the top of the cup in between the cupcake liner and the pan. It will most likely pop out of place until batter is in the cup – but adjust as needed before placing into the oven. Do the same for all 24 cups.

Apple Shaped Cupcakes

Prepare and bake cupcakes according to box mix directions. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

Mix red food coloring into frosting until desired color is reached.

Frost each cupcake using a thin layer. Place a pretzel stick half into the top (front) of the apple cupcake to create the stem. Place a gummy leaf next to the stem.

Apple Shaped Cupcakes

Notes: These would make adorable teacher gifts, great for fall parties, for back to school events, etc.

Do you take a gift to your child’s teacher? Comment below and share your ideas with us!

Melanie Kampman

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