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Easy Back to School Apple Cupcakes are a delicious way to celebrate the start of the new school year. They’re perfect for class parties, too!

back to school apple cupcakes with red sugar frosting

If your kids are heading back to school soon or already in school, here’s a fun way to celebrate the start of a new school year. I posted this easy recipe for back to school cupcakes at Somewhat Simple a year ago, but since it’s that time again, I wanted to share it here.

We always have a little family celebration the night before the kids go back to school. I started this tradition way, way back when my oldest baby went to kindergarten, and we’ve kept it up each year since then. It’s nothing fancy — just kind of a fun family tradition that always ends with school-themed dessert. The kids choose the dessert, and it changes every year.

One year, we made a school bus cake, and another year, we went all out and made a 3-D school bus cake. That was super cute, but a lot of work, so we never tried that one again! I think we also did an easy replica of the kids’ school one year. Like I said, it keeps changing, and we’re actually making another school bus cake right now!

Anyway, these cute little apple cupcakes are from last year, and they are super easy — different, too. We took the easy way out and used a cake mix and a jar of frosting. You can make yours from scratch, but since we’re so busy getting everything else together, sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do!

Just make the cupcakes, tint the frosting and frost these babies!

back to school apple cupcakes frosting

We used red sugar sprinkles for extra color and sparkle. And for the stems, we used pretzel sticks. The leaves are made from green mint candies that we cut into smaller pieces.

I always bake with parchment paper, so I just popped the cupcakes into red liners before serving. It’s not necessary, but it just makes the cupcakes look a little more like apples.

back to school apple cupcakes recipe

We think these little back to school apple cupcakes are super cute. We had enough left over that my daughter even shared some with her friends at school. These would make fun treats for class parties, too!

And if you’re looking for other back-to-school ideas, check these out:

back to school apple cupcakes with pretzel stems and red frosting

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Back to School Apple Cupcakes

By: Dee
Easy apple shaped cupcakes with red frosting, pretzel stems and candy leaves make a fun back to school dessert or classroom treat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 box yellow cake mix plus ingredients to make cake
  • 1 small can of vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Red sugar sprinkles
  • Green Candy Leaves sliced thin
  • Pretzel sticks
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  • Follow instructions on box to make cupcakes, and allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  • Add a few drops of red food coloring to the frosting, and mix well until frosting is dark pink.
  • Spread a thin amount of frosting evenly on each cupcake.
  • Sprinkle some red sugar crystals over the frosting on each cupcake.
  • Cut pretzel sticks in half, and poke one end of one half in the top of each cupcake.
  • Garnish with sliced candy leaves on one side of each pretzel stick stem.


Calories: 114kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 164mg, Potassium: 17mg, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Easy Back to School Apple Cupcakes - With red sugar frosting, pretzel stems and candy leaves, these easy treats are perfect for an easy dessert or classroom celebration

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Your Back To School Apple Cupcakes are just adorable. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars