Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Back 2 School Apple Candy Cupcakes

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The inspiration for this project came from, they make cute candy cupcakes, including an Apple for back to school. I saw it, loved it, and knew I could make it!

Here is what we are making:

Here is what you need:

  • Red Jelly beans or red candy. I paid way too much for Jelly Belly's at the mall. Joanns has solid packs of M&Ms for 5.99 then you could use a coupon. However, the Jelly Belly's are apple flavored so that is a plus
  • Cupcake liners or I used some ramekins from Dollar Tree. Three for $1.
  • Plastic wrap or shrink wrap
  • Skewers or toothpicks

  • Ribbon for a leaf (or a silk flower leaf)

  • Candy straws - also from Dollar Tree
Step 1. Layout some plastic wrap on something with sides. This will catch any candies that try to escape.

Step 2: Pour your candy in the center of the plastic wrap. 3/4 of a pound of jellybeans got me 2 apples worth.

Step 3. Bring all four corners of the plastic wrap up and twist. It will form a ball.

Step 4. Form your ball how you want it and get the plastic pulled pretty tight. You want it to look shrink wrapped or as close to it as you can.

Step 5. Secure the ball with tape and snip off any extra plastic wrap.

Step 6: Put your jelly beans into your cupcake liner or ramekin.

Step 7. Cut a piece of ribbon 3-4" long and singe or fray check both ends.

Step 8: Bring the "right" side of one end of the ribbon around and stack it on the right side of the other end to form a leaf shape.
Step 9: Cut a small slit in the end of your ribbon and put it on the skewer.

Step 10: Insert the skewer into your jellybeans and slide all the way down to the bottom of the cup.

Step 11: Trim your skewer and work the candy straw onto the skewer. It is easier if the skewer has a point to it, so cutting at an angle may be helpful.

You are done! I can't wait for my 4 year old's preschool teachers to get them on the first day of school!

Variation: I put a package of sour straws at the bottom of one of the apples. That helped it look a little fuller because I hadn't split the jelly beans exactly even.

Other fun variations:

  • Use a pretzel stick for the stem instead of a candy straw.
  • Color the end of a lollipop brown and use the end of the stick as the straw. You would just put the lollipop upside down and insert the stick through the jellybeans.
If you decide to create some, I'd love to see them. Please send me an email to or upload them straight to my Facebook wall.

Darling Back 2 School idea! Thanks, Ashley at Cute As A Fox.

And if you haven't read about how Cute As A Fox will send you a double-sided Breast Cancer Awareness necklace or keychain, go HERE. Donate a small amount ($15) for breast cancer research (Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk For The Cure) and get this washer necklace in the mail. What a great cause!!! Let's support women's health!
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  1. such a cute, clever and simple idea!! love it

  2. What a cute idea! I have been waiting for just the right thing to make as a Back to School gift for my kids' teachers and this is it!! On a side note, my 8-year-old son was sitting with me as I was reading your post and suggested using Hot Tamales (they are my favorite candy, so he is very familiar with them LOL!). Not as fancy as Jelly Bellys or M&Ms, but a less expensive alternative.

  3. What an awesome idea! Love it! :)

  4. Hot Tamales are a great idea too. Boston baked beans are red as well and available at the Dollar Store too!
    Thanks for having me Michelle! I hope I can come back some day. :)

    Thanks for helping spread the word about the Awareness necklaces. You are the best!!

  5. i love that idea and WILL be copying it! also, thanks for hosting! :)

  6. Cute! I'll pass this along to the edible crafts editor at Craft Gossip :)

  7. Super cute! Linking up tomorrow at Dollar Store Crafts.

  8. What a creative gift! I hope you don't mind, I shared it on my blog!

  9. I somehow totally missed the link to Cute as a Fox (must've been the storm raging outside that diverted my attention). I updated the feature to include a link to this great blog!!!

  10. Aww, those are way cute! Thanks for the great idea, I'll be linking.

  11. I'm thinking orange for pumpkins!

  12. These are so clever! I featured it today in my 19 Creative Back to School Ideas and Treats Round-Up.


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