Make Easy Ruler Cupcakes for Teacher Appreciation Day!

If your’e looking for the perfect teacher appreciation cupcake, these easy ruler cupcakes for teacher appreciation day are so awesomely fun–you’ll definitely need them.

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These easy ruler cupcakes the the most precious and fun teacher appreciation cupcakes ever!

Ruler Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about telling the kiddo’s teachers that we love and appreciate them. So, when it comes time for teacher appreciation day and all that, we kind of go all out. And one of our favorite things to do is to come up with fun cupcake ideas just for the teachers that they’ll really love.


Our most recent invention, between the kiddo and I, is these awesomely fun ruler cupcakes. They’re the perfect teacher appreciation cupcakes and I adore how fast they come together. Definitely one of the funnest too. If you’re ready to make a fun cupcake for teacher appreciation day, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make teacher Appreciation Cupcakes

  • Start with your favorite vanilla cupcakes. I always break out my recipe for Lazy Girl Cupcakes–because it’s no-fail and just consistent. If you can follow a recipe, you can totally make these cupcakes, every time.
  • Never, ever frost your cupcakes while they’re still warm. They may be super tasty warm, but frosting and warm cupcakes just makes a mess. So, let those cupcakes cool.
  • So, I have a dirty little secret for this ruler cupcake recipe that really makes them super fast to decorate: I used canned frosting. Yeah. I know. I’ve been making my own buttercream recently. But, with the Teacher Appreciation luncheon coming quick, I had to make something fast. So, canned it was.
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Make Fun Ruler Cupcakes for Teacher Appreciation

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 12 Ruler Cupcakes

Ruler Cupcakes

how to make a ruler cupcake for teachers

This is the simplest teacher appreciation cupcake idea--I just love these little ruler cupcakes so much! And you know who else will love them? The kid's teacher.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 12 of Your Favorite Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 1 Can of Your Favorite Vanilla Frosting 
  • 12 Vanilla Sugar Wafers
  • Chocolate Writing Icing


  1. Bake your cupcakes per the directions in the recipe and allow them cool completely before decorating.
  2. Frost each cupcake generously with vanilla frosting then set aside. in-process step of frosting cupcakes to make ruler cupcakes
  3. With the chocolate writing icing, draw ruler marks on each vanilla sugar wafer. teacher appreciation day cupcakes with rulers on top
  4. Place a wafer on top of each cupcake and enjoy!  


For more fun teacher appreciation cupcakes, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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