Bella Cupcake Couture Blog Party: back to school cupcakes AND a giveaway

back to school cupcakes

I’m back partying it up with Bella Cupcake Couture again, this time for back to school, hosted by Carrie Middlemiss from Bella Cupcake Couture.  And, one lucky reader will win a prize pack featuring a Bella Cupcake Couture birthday prize pack worth $100 which includes invitations, thank you cards, party straws, water bottle and candy bar labels, an itty bitty banner, cupcake wrappers, place cards and more. Scroll to the end to enter the giveaway and to see what everybody made for back to school.

back to school cupcake toppers

Ah, back to school. That mix of feelings at the end of a season and the beginning of another. I remember as a kid, spotting the first sign of Fall in the mall when they put out the plaid skirts and burnt orange sweaters. My heart sank every time. Oh sure, I was a total nerd of academia, and I learned to love learning so much I have two totally (mostly) useless masters degrees, but I was one who lamented change, lamented the loss of summer freedoms. Now, however, it means (if the baby naps) getting more work done, so I am counting the days and hours and minutes until my daughter enters first grade. I will miss the lax mornings and evenings, but gosh, my to-do list has gotten long the past few weeks. My six year old is different from the child version of me. Funny how that works, isn’t it? She’s actually excited to go back. But this excitement is tinged with sorrow, understandably. As her natural state of being mimics the hours of a college student, she is most assuredly going to miss sleeping in. But here is what she said when I interviewed her.


interview with an almost-first grader

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CUPCAKE? “Chocolate with no frosting.” (Anyone else know a kid who prefers the cake part?)

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE SUMMER? “My birthday! Because we had fun bowling and the other party was fun because of the horses.” (I’m the sucker mom who gave this kid two parties, a horse riding party on the Saturday before her real birthday and a bowling party on her actual day. Lucky, lucky, lucky kid.)

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN YOU GO BACK TO SCHOOL? “When I go back to school I want to play games and have lots of fun. I want to learn how to read so I can take myself to bedtime.” (Yeeeeah, riiiight. I’ll believe the take-myself-to-bedtime when I see it. And I hope I see it.)

back to school cupcakes

back to school cupcakes

These cupcake wrappers helped get us in the mood for school. Decorate your own cupcake wrappers? What a genius idea. Especially as my six year old is a drawing fanatic. She’s rather prolific. And sentimental about keeping everything she creates. I have to hide a lot in the recycling bin. Don’t worry, though, I’ll save much forever.

watercolor cupcake wrappers

Kids’ watercolor paints work well on these.

back to school cupcakes


We both decorated cupcake wrappers to reflect our views of back-to-school. These are mine. See all the sad faces of the children. Except for the mohawk dude, he’s angry.

back to school cupcakes


I didn’t predict the sadness would cause my daughter angst. She made me decorate another wrapper with happy faces, “for the second day of school,” as she put it.

back to school cupcakes


Here is my princess daughter full of love for her day at school.

back to school cupcakes


This one below is supposed to say “First day of school, I have a boy teacher and a girl teacher,” only she ran out of room to write all that. Hopefully this year she will perfect her phonics and space issues.

back to school cupcakes


To make the cupcakes, prepare your favorite cupcakes. Prepare your favorite frosting. (If using store-bought frosting, you’ll have to thicken with confectioner’s sugar so it keeps its shape when piped.) Fill a decorating bag fitted with a size 1M tip with frosting and close with a rubber band. Pipe frosting on the cupcakes in a circular motion.

To make the cupcake toppers, trace letter cookie cutters on a piece of patterned cardstock. Cut out the letters and tape a lollipop stick or straw to the back.

back to school cupcakes


See how everyone who came to this party celebrated back-to-school with their cupcake wrappers:


Bella Cupcake Couture

Chronicles of a Foodie

Crazy for Crust

Cupcakes Take the Cake

Diary of a Mad Hausfrau


In Katrina’s Kitchen

Love From the Oven

Mesa de Vida

Not Just a Mommy

Sugar Swings! Serve Some

The Baked Equation

The Decorated Cookie





Thanks to our amazing Prize Pack sponsors for their generous donations! Please, visit their websites to see more of their fabulous products!

Bella Cupcake Couture
The Smart Baker
India Tree
Mesa de Vida
Pretty Party Details
Luck’s Food Decorating Company

To enter to WIN this Prize Pack, simply fill out the entry form below. Contest opens August 27, 2013 at 7am PST and closes September 2, 2013 at Midngight PST. One winner will be chosen and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending. Winner will be contacted via email by and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. This contest is open to residents worldwide.

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  1. says

    How fun! My kids would love drawing on cupcake wrappers. The girl likes drawing portraits of her favorite people. She started kindergarten this year and is SO excited! She loves school!

  2. Sarah says

    Hah I love the sad/angry faced one. That’s how most kids I know act when school starts.
    I’d decorate one with the word hope and lots of hearts. :)

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