Chocolate Cupcakes are frosted with school bus food gel buttercream frosting. Fudge graham cookies are piped with ABC’s and 1, 2, 3, red M & M as an apple, and Good & Plenty for chalk. If you don’t want to make the cupcakes purchased will work.
1–15 ounce package dark chocolate fudge cake mix
1–3 ounce package chocolate instant pudding/pie mix-dry
1–1/3 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Frosting & Decor:
2 cups canned vanilla frosting
2–3 drops golden yellow food gel
2 piping bags
2-Decorating tips # 2- small round writing tip
24 fudge covered graham cookies, tested Keebler Delux
24 red M & M’s
24 Good & Plenty candies- separated use white only for chalk
1 cup royal icing, 1/4 cup tinted green for apple stem, 3/4 cup for script
Royal Icing Recipe:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons meringue powder
2 teaspoons water
Makes 1 cup royal icing. May need to double recipe depending on decor.
Make Royal icing: In small bowl, beat together confectioners sugar, meringue powder and water, stir until smooth and pipe-able. If too thick, add more water a little at a time. Divide frosting into 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup. Tint 1/4 cup icing with green food gel, tiny bit at a time, until desired color. This is for the stems on apple ( red M & M’s).
Decorate: Place royal icing in disposable piping bag fitted with tip # 2. Fill remaining bag with tinted green royal icing.