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Back to School Cupcakes

 Back to School Cupcakes
There's no better way to ring in the school year than with this adorable school bus. The cake-like formation is an impressive presentation, while the individual cupcakes make for easy serving - perfect for classroom treats! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team
22 ServingsPrep: 1 hour


  • 22 cupcakes of your choice
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
  • Yellow, black and red paste food coloring
  • Chocolate wafers, miniature cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and vanilla wafers
  • Other paste food coloring of your choice
  • Coarse sugar


  • On a covered cake board, place a row of five cupcakes for top of bus.
  • Arrange six cupcakes each in the second and third rows. Follow with
  • a row of five cupcakes.
  • Tint 2-1/2 cups vanilla frosting yellow; carefully spread over
  • cupcakes. Spread vanilla frosting over cupcakes as desired for
  • windows. Place a chocolate wafer on each tire; attach a miniature
  • sandwich cookie hubcap with frosting.
  • Tint a small amount of vanilla frosting black and a small amount red;
  • set aside. Pipe outlines and desired details onto bus with black
  • frosting.
  • Place a vanilla wafer in each window. Tint remaining frosting as
  • desired. Pipe faces on vanilla wafers; pipe hair, hats and shirts as
  • desired.
  • Spread red frosting onto cupcakes for stop sign and taillights. Fill

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Back to School Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • in headlights with coarse sugar. Yield: 22 cupcakes.