Be the Teacher’s Pet with Back-to-School Cupcakes!

As August rolls around, it's unbelievable that summer vacation is coming to a close and students are preparing to start a brand new school year. As back-to-school shopping and planning is taking place, so is brainstorming of the perfect teacher gift. Why not get on the teacher's good side right from the start by gifting him or her with some celebratory school-themed cupcakes?

Forget an apple! Pass a sweet and sugary note even teachers will love with this back to school cupcake topper tutorial!

Back to School Fondant Cupcake Tutorial

Materials needed:

  • Fondant (white and tan)
  • Fondant rolling pin & 1/8" guide rings
  • 1 wooden dowel
  • Water/edible glue and brush
  • 2 1/4" round cutters
  • Small square cutter
  • Edible markers (black, red and light blue)

Back to School Fondant Tutorial Step 1

Step 1:

Roll out white fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. With the 2 1/4" round cutter, punch out a circle and set it aside to dry a little.

Step 2:

Once the white circle has dried and hardened a bit, utilize the wooden dowel as a ruler to draw horizontal lines across the entirety of the fondant. Make sure you are spacing the lines equally and do not press the markers down too hard, as the moisture of the marker tip can make soften or make holes in the fondant.

There is less of a chance of this occurring the harder the fondant is, which can be achieved by allowing it to dry as long as possible - even overnight! Finish it off by adding one vertical line to the left side of the fondant circle with the red marker to resemble the traditional notebook paper.

Back to School Fondant Tutorial Step 2

Step 3:

Roll out tan fondant with the rolling pin and 1/8" guide rings. With the small square cutter, punch out three squares to create Scrabble tiles.

Step 4:

Again, allow the tan fondant tiles to dry as long as possible so that you can write on it with ease. When ready, write the letters "B", "T" and "S" (standing for "Back To School") and don't forget the write the number of points each letter is worth! If unsure, you can research the letters and corresponding numbers on-line.

Step 5:

Glue the Scrabble tiles in order on the round notebook paper fondant topper, leaving room at the bottom to write out "Back to School" with the black edible marker. Again, remember not to press too hard as you are writing on the fondant. Plan out your designs beforehand to avoid mistakes and spacing issues.

School Fondant Cupcake Toppers

Now be creative with the Scrabble letters and notes you add to the fondant toppers! Add a "T" for "Teacher" and write short sentiments and wishes for the new school year. Or, let your little students write their own messages in their own handwriting to make it an extra special gift for their new teachers, who will be sure to remember their sweet gesture!

Back to School party ideas

Photos via Crissy's Crafts

If you are looking to throw an entire Back to School party, be sure to check out all the creative ideas from this celebration styled by Crissy's Crafts with printables from Amanda's Party To Go! Sweets on the dessert table include fondant cupcake toppers by Lynlee's sitting atop crayon-wrapped cupcake stands, as well as adorable apple cake pops and sugar cookies by Sugar on Top. Be inspired by additional inventive ideas, such as marshmallow chalk, chocolate letters and numbers, gum ball apples and a whole lot more fun.

Teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

Photo via Craftsy member Sweetly Aimee

For more school-themed cupcake ideas, check out Craftsy member Sweetly Aimee's charming Teacher Appreciation Day toppers made in the course Tiny Cupcake Toppers with Sheryl Bito. In addition to the similar fondant notebook paper, designs such as pencils, rulers, books and sneakers (made with the assistance of the Tiny fondant sneaker tutorial) decorate the cute cupcakes.

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