Saturday, September 11, 2010

Back To School Blackboard Cupcakes

Back-To-School Blackboard Cupcakes

I have a preschooler now, and boy do I feel like a parent. On the very first day I was asked to bring Cash to a party, sign up as an occasional substitute, sell coupon books as a fundraiser, and help at a few class parties throughout the year. I (think) I chose Christmas, Valentine's Day and the End-of-the-Year party. I really wanted Halloween - until I found out that we can't actually bring in any home-baked goods for the children. Yes, it's because of allergies, and I can understand. If my son was allergic to nuts or dairy or some other all-too-common ingredient I'd be all over that banned food list. But he's not. And I love to bake. So I'm kind of heartbroken because how cute are these blackboard cupcakes?

They aren't exactly what I pictured in my mind, but mostly that's because their original source led me to plan things on a grander scale. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans, right? I took a simpler approach, which makes these cupcakes a great activity to get your kids involved with. And if they can't enjoy these cupcakes at school at least they can dig into them at home.

Back-To-School Blackboard Cupcakes

I don't think I've mentioned it here, but I'm losing my job at the end of the year. I work in a tough industry, and my line of expertise is growing more and more rare (an expendable). It's okay, though. I'm at peace with it, thanks to a year to prepare (and save money), and I really think it will end up being a blessing for my family (and my sanity, but that's another story for another time.) I've enjoyed my career and have learned so much about the world and writing and grammar, and I'll definitely miss the camraderie found in a newsroom. I'll also miss having a room full of willing cake, cookie and overall goodie testers! That's where I thought preschool might come in handy. At first I thought I was going to have to eat all my future goodies myself - what a travesty - but it turns out that the preschool staff openly welcomes any and all homebaked treats. When God closes a door he opens a window, right?

Back-To-School Blackboard Cupcakes

Back To School Blackboard Cupcakes
* I was inspired by these (over-the-top cute) cupcakes at Disney's Family Fun magazine website.
* The blackboards are chocolate-covered graham crackers.
* I used a tube of white decorators' icing to write the letters, and I let them harden over night.
* The chalk is white Good and Plentys.
* My cupcakes were chocolate with vanilla frosting, which I colored red and yellow, but any flavor cake or frosting will work.

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16 comments:

  1. Cute, cute! I'd love to be your taste-tester! ;-)

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  2. no baked goods at school is a bummer, but these are super cute :)

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  3. I remember many volunteer days at my daughters elementary school. You may still be able to bake for bake sales and fundraisers so there is still hope:D So sorry to hear about your job but as you say the windows of possibility are wide open!!

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  4. Adorable. They'd be a huge hit with my kids and their teachers.

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  5. These are soooo adorable!! ...very cute!

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  6. Those cupcakes are absolutely adorable! And since you love to bake, perhaps a new door being opened is a bit of catering of baked goods ...? Not full-time, which I think would be chaotic and demanding, but just choosing projects here and there. It's clear you have both the passion and the talent for it ... :)

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  7. How cute are these? I love them, plus you can spell out messages. I'm sure your preschooler loved them :D

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  8. These are precious, Abby! Just so cute!
    As for the baked goods, that is such a shame - your kid would be the most popular kid around. ;)

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  9. Oh, yay, I love those cupcakes. What a gorgeous idea! Good luck to your baby and to you with the school... :)Petra

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  10. You are so incredibly talented. These cupcakes are GORGEOUS and almost too good to eat.

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  11. very cute cupcakes, abby. i'm glad you get to share. :)
    meanwhile, i can't see the words 'back to school' without thinking of 'billy madison'--did you see that movie. gah, i love me some adam sandler. :)

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  12. These are too cute!! Good idea taking them to the teachers - I'm sure they are so appreciative!

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  13. I don't have kids, but can I please make a batch of these for my grown-up friends? You're never too old for back-to-school treats, even if you're not going back to school.

    And Abby, I'm so sorry about your job. At the very least, you've been able to prepare. I take it you work in journalism? My dad does, too, and so I've heard much about the problems with the industry. Best of luck -- you're incredibly talented, and will make your move with grace, I'm sure.

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  14. Sweet! I hate that you can't share your goodies with Cash's classmates--but you're right, his teachers will love them! I like using Levi's teachers as folks who will take my extra baked goods!

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  15. How adorable. Cash is so lucky to have such a smart mommy. I'm sorry to hear about your job coming to an end, but I'm sure you will tackle whatever comes up next and it will be great.

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  16. I'm officially JEALOUS!! Abby, you amaze me with your talent. You need to write a cookbook as well as a novel.

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