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Back to School fun

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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Thought these looked fun.

Blackboard Cupcakes

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These cupcakes earn top marks for sweetening even the most reluctant student's return to school.

Ingredients
  • Yellow, green, and white frosting
  • Cupcakes
  • Red Skittles or M&M's
  • Small plastic bag
  • Rubber band or twist tie
  • Chocolate-covered graham crackers
  • White Good & Plenty candies
Instructions
  1. Cover the cupcakes with yellow frosting and allow them to sit for an hour before decorating. Dab each red Skittle or M&M with a bit of green frosting for the apple's leaf, then set them aside.

  2. Put a tablespoon or two of white frosting into a small plastic bag for piping. Cut a very small hole in a corner of the bag, twist the top of the bag closed, and secure it with a rubber band or twist tie. Piping the frosting gently out of the hole, write messages on the chocolate-covered graham crackers. Leave space at the bottom of the cookie, where it'll be stuck into the cupcake.

  3. Cut a groove in the cupcake's frosting with a knife, then fit a blackboard into the groove. Add one Skittle or M&M apple and a piece of Good & Plenty chalk, as shown.

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daiseymae2
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Cyber Sweets Cupcakes

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Chocolate-covered graham crackers make their information-age debut just in time for the start of a new school year.

Ingredients
  • 2 chocolate-covered graham crackers
  • White decorators' icing
  • Cupcake
  • Frosting
  • 1 3/4-inch piece shoestring licorice
  • Small round candy (we used an M&M)
Instructions
  1. Create a screen on one of the graham crackers by smearing a bit of frosting into a rectangle with a butter knife. Draw a keyboard on the other with decorators' icing.

  2. Frost the cupcake, then set the keyboard on top -- a little to the left, so you'll have room for the mouse.

  3. Place the monitor at an angle to the keyboard, pushing a small mound of frosting behind it to bolster it up.

  4. Add the licorice cord and the candy mouse. Tip: If you're making a batch of these, keep in mind that the cupcake frosting will stiffen quickly once it's spread. To avoid cracking, prepare the candy mice and the screens and keyboards in advance and decorate each cupcake completely before moving on to the next.

daiseymae2
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Pencil Cake

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Celebrate the new school year with this sharp-looking dessert, great for a classroom potluck or back-to-school social.

Ingredients
  • 8-inch square pan of brownies, uncut
  • 1 3/4 cups white frosting
  • Yellow and pink food coloring
  • 1/4 cup chocolate frosting
  • Sandwich bag
Instructions
  1. Pencil Cake - Step 1 Turn the cooled pan of brownies upside down and tap on the bottom to remove the brownie square. Cut it as shown (A) and arrange the two largest pieces into a pencil shape (B).

  2. Pencil Cake - Step 2 Cover the pointed end with white frosting. Tint 1 cup of frosting yellow, then spread it over the middle of the cake.

  3. Next, tint 1/2 cup pink for the eraser. Pipe on a chocolate frosting zigzag and pencil point using a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.

  4. For an added effect, set the pencil on a piece of foam core decorated to look like lined paper and pipe on a chocolate frosting message.

daiseymae2
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

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School Bus Cake

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You'll have no trouble getting your kids on board when it comes to decorating and devouring this back-to-school dessert.

Ingredients
  • 2 loaf cakes (pound cake or banana bread works well)
  • 2 cups white frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • White chocolate chips
  • 4 mini chocolate-covered doughnuts
  • Round cookie wafers
  • Black decorating gel
  • Small red gumdrops
  • Red Hots
Instructions
  1. Trim the top and sides of one cake to straighten them, if needed. Spread a bit of frosting onto the center of a serving plate and set the trimmed cake upside down on top of it (to keep the cake from sliding).

  2. Trim the sides and top of the second cake to straighten them. Then slice off a 1 1/2-inch-thick piece from one end and use the remaining portion for the top of the bus, frosting the bottom and setting it atop the first cake.

  3. Spread a thin layer of white frosting over the whole cake to seal in any crumbs and let it set for about 15 minutes. Spread more white frosting on the sides of the top layer (the windows of the bus). Reserve about a teaspoon of white frosting, then tint the rest yellow and use it to frost the rest of the cake.

  4. For tires, use dabs of frosting to attach white chocolate chip hubcaps (tips down) to the centers of the mini doughnuts and then to stick the tires onto the bus.

  5. Transform cookie wafers into people using white frosting and black gel to create eyes. Trim some red gumdrops for smiles, then press the cookie faces onto the cake.

  6. Finally, add details such as black gel lettering, Red Hots for caution lights, and white chocolate chip headlights.

daiseymae2
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

School Bus Cupcakes

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Get your child's school year off to a sweet start with these easy-to-decorate school bus cupcakes.

Ingredients
  • Cooled cupcakes (baked from your favorite recipe)
  • Blue and green frosting
  • Sugar wafers
  • Chocolate chips
  • Black and white decorators' gel
  • Red mini M&M's
Instructions
  1. To make one, first frost a cooled cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with blue and green frosting. Cut a small notch from the upper left corner of a sugar wafer, then set the wafer in place just above the green frosting. (You can trim the other end of the wafer if your bus is too long.) Add 2 chocolate chips tips down for wheels, then use black and white decorators' gel for the details. Add a red M&M's Mini for a Stop sign, and you've got one tasty treat kids will line up for.

daiseymae2
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Two-Tone Sandwiches

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Surprise your kids on the first day of school with this too-cool-to-trade lunch idea.

Ingredients
  • 2 slices of bread (one white and the other whole wheat, roughly the same size)
  • Cookie cutters, 1 large and 1 small (ours measure 3 1/4 inches for the hand and 1 1/2 inches for the heart)
Instructions
  1. Set the 2 slices of bread on a cutting board. Cut out the centers of each with a large and a small cookie cutter.

  2. Swap the center cutouts, so the wheat bread has a white bread design and the white has the wheat, then assemble your sandwich.

daiseymae2
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Sandwich on a Stick

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How do you turn a sandwich into a fun snack? Make it a stick-wich!

Ingredients
  • bread
  • cheese
  • lunch meat
  • grape tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • pickles
  • olive
Instructions
  1. Cut up cubes of bread, cheese, and lunch meat (we ordered 1/2-inch-thick slices of ham and turkey at the deli counter).

  2. Slide the cubes onto a skewer with other foods your child likes, such as a grape tomato, a piece of lettuce, a pickle, or an olive.

  3. Set out a side of mayo or mustard for dippin.

4kidz916
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

I love the back to school cupcakes. 

daiseymae2
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Southwestern Club Wrap

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You'll find lots of the same delicious stuff in here that you'd get on a great club sandwich -- and then some, like olives and avocado. There's not an exact science to the quantity of each ingredient you use. Just add as much of each as you like, but don't overdo it, or the sandwich will be difficult to roll.

Ingredients
  • 4 to 6 large flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pitted black olives, chopped
  • 1 cup red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 pound smoked or buffalo-style turkey, thinly sliced
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 250° F. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and warm them in the oven for about 10 minutes to soften. This will make them easier to roll. Alternately, heat each tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds.

  2. Make the sauce by combining the ranch dressing and barbecue sauce in a small bowl and stir until blended.

  3. Working with one wrapper at a time, layer each ingredient on half of the tortilla. Start with a bit of sauce (there'll be plenty left to serve on the side as well), then add the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, avocado, olives, and peppers, using as much of each as you like. End with a piece of the turkey. Fold in each side of the tortilla and begin rolling the wrap from the end with the filling. Tuck in the filling as you roll.

  4. Slice each sandwich in the center, on the bias, with a sharp serrated knife and serve (with the extra sauce in a bowl). Makes 4 to 6 wraps.

Daisyducc
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM
The kissing hand sandwich is darling. Love the chalkboard cupcakes too...I could probably pull those off.
daiseymae2
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Sandwich Art

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Add a twist to the term "starving artist" by creating masterpieces with food coloring paint on a crusty canvas.

Ingredients
  • Paper cups
  • Milk
  • Food coloring
  • New paintbrushes
  • White bread
  • Toaster
Instructions
  1. Fill each paper cup with two tbsp. of milk. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup.

  2. Paint pictures and designs on the bread using the colored milk and new paintbrushes.

  3. Toast lightly and use the slices to make crazy sandwiches.

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