Back to School or Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

Teacher Appreciation Week is a special week dedicated to showing gratitude to school teachers for their hard work, dedication, and contributions to education during the school year. If you’re looking for some great teacher appreciation gift ideas, we have those too!

teacher appreciation cupcakes

We typically celebrate during the first week of May, but really, you can appreciate your child’s teacher any time of year with these teacher appreciation cupcakes.

We’re raising a cupcake for the school year and for the teachers who make a difference in the lives of our children. I think this would be an adorable snack to come home to on the first day, a wonderful teacher appreciation dessert, or a perfect addition to a back-to-school-themed lunch.

teacher appreciation cupcakes

How to Make Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes


1 box of chocolate cake mix, any brand
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil
1 C. water
Chocolate frosting
Black cupcake liners
Wilton Cookies & Cream sprinkles
White fondant
Rolling pin
Apple Decorations (optional but super cute, I found mine in the Dollar Spot at Target — they’re erasers!)

teacher appreciation cupcakes


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 12-count muffin tin with the black cupcake liners.
Combine the chocolate cake mix, eggs, oil, and water.
Fill each muffin well about 2/3 full.
Bake 18-20 minutes.
Insert a toothpick for around 18 minutes and it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done.
Remove from the oven and let cool prior to decorating.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, generously frost each one with chocolate frosting.
Dip each frosted cupcake into the Cookies & Cream sprinkles.
Take a small handful of white fondant and gently roll it out using a rolling pin. If the fondant sticks, use a little bit of powdered sugar to help make it easier to work with.

teacher appreciation cupcakes
Once the fondant is rolled to about 1/8″ thick, use a sharp paring knife to cut out rectangles to put on top of each cupcake (I honestly didn’t measure – I just made them big enough to fit each cupcake).
Use the chocolate frosting as ‘glue’ to adhere the white fondant AND apple icings to the top of each cupcake.

*Makes approximately 24 cupcakes.

These cupcakes are so great as first-day-of-school cupcakes, back-to-school cupcakes, last-day-of-school cupcakes, and teacher appreciation day cupcakes. If you need some ideas for last day of school activities, we can help.

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