We all love receiving homemade gifts, and edible gifts have always been a favourite. One of the things that I like to gift the teachers in our kid’s lives are cupcakes and using our simple cupcake recipe or our chocolate cupcake recipe there are so many different varieties that we can create. These chalkboard cupcakes are really simple to make and look fantastic an ideal gift for teachers throughout the school year.
Making Chalkboard Cupcakes
If you read Rainy Day Mum frequently you’ll probably see that a lot of the cupcakes that I make use a very simple buttercream frosting or just a lemon juice, water and icing sugar mix. But like these simple butterfly cupcakes, I made for my daughters 3rd birthday using fondant makes them a little different and even easier to make than normal. This recipe uses the same idea and is easy to make but shhhhh don’t tell everyone they will just think you are a fantastic cake decorator.
We have included links to the ingredients and equipment we used to create these school-themed cupcakes. If you buy via the links we may earn a small commission.
As with all of our recipes if you want a easy to read recipe card that you can print. Scroll down past our tips and advice on making them to get it or click on the link below.
Ingredients for these Chalkboard Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe to Make them from Scratch or a box of chocolate cake mix following the instructions to make
Apple Royal Icing Cake Decorations (Optional but look so cute)
Scroll down below the recipe card to find the exact equipment that we used for this recipe.
Tips and Advice for Making the School-Themed Cupcakes
- When frosting the cupcakes use only a little – it’s more to use as a “glue” than for decoration. The decoration will be with the black fondant icing and the parts added on top.
- Make sure you have a small piping tip for the ABC or 123 – you could of course use ready made icing for decorating cookies like this Wilton White Cookie Icing.
- If you are in the UK and can’t find Good & Plenty Candies then you could use some white frosting or the cookie icing to form the line.
- If you are feeling creative then you could make your own apple decorations for the cupcakes – but with time limited it’s worth checking online we found these super cute royal icing apples that you can add over on Etsy.
Easy to decorate Chocolate Chalkboard Cupcakes ideal for giving to teachers as a special gift
- 12 Chocolate Cupcakes find the simple recipe in the notes
- 1 Packet Black fondant
- 1 Tub White frosting
- White Good & Plenty candies
- Apple Icing Decorations optional but super cute
Preheat the oven to 180c/350F degrees and line a 12 count muffin tin with black cupcake liners.
Make the Cupcakes According to the instructions and let cool completely.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost each one with frosting.
Use a rolling pin to roll our the black fondant to about 1/8" thick. Use the 2.75" cookie/biscuit cutter to cut out 16 round circles.
Place the black fondant circles on top of each cupcake.
Attach the small round frosting tip to the disposable piping bag and fill with white frosting.
Gently squeeze the frosting from the bag and write ABC and/or 123 on top of each cupcake.
Apply a small amount of frosting to the back of the apple icings and white Good & Plenty's and place on top of each cupcake.
Repeat with all cupcakes
If you don't want to use the box chocolate cake mix then our recipe for 12 chocolate cupcakes is easy to make and quick ideal for using to make these simple school-themed cakes for the kids or teacher
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Check out the tips above as we have provided some extra advice for decorating these cupcakes but if you want to copy our recipe exactly then below is the equipment that we used and recommend.
We use reusable piping bags here they are made of silicone and have improved a lot since the one that my mum had growing up which was made of a fabric. They wash simply and unlike the disposable bags you aren’t adding more waste to the environment.
As I do a bit of cake decorating and icing I have a tip set like the one in the image above – it’s fantastic as has everything I need – but if you just need something for this project and nothing else then the Small round frosting tip in this set is perfect and comes with 3 others which are probably the ones that I use the most.
Amongst the non-silicone disposable cupcake liners I have in a box I make sure that I have a stock of black cupcake liners, they are perfect for cakes like these ones as well as come Halloween for various cupcakes I make as treats then including our Witches Cauldron Cupcakes.
When the kids were little I bought a set of biscuit and pastry cutters like the picture above that they could use easily and with different colours it made it easier to say which size I wanted them to grab.
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