Sliced Apple Cupcakes are Perfect Teacher Appreciation Gifts!

There’s this upcoming teacher appreciation luncheon and I committed to making these sliced apple cupcakes–and I’m so excited to be bringing them for the best teachers ever!

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Make these easy sliced apple cupcakes for a teacher appreciation day treat!

Sliced Apple Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we take teacher appreciation day pretty seriously. No jokes, the kiddo is on top of it and is seriously into the idea of thanking her teachers for being available to her. So, as a result, I take it pretty seriously too. So, I volunteered this year to bring apple slice cupcakes to the teacher appreciation luncheon.


Easy to make and really yummy (sorry, but I had to taste one!), these sliced apple cupcakes really are a great cupcake decorating idea for anyone that needs a quick cupcake. 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. And it calls for pretty standard stuff, nothing weird that I might not have on any given day.
  • Never, ever ice your cupcakes without waiting for the cupcakes to cool completely. Any amount of frosting and warm cupcakes just makes a mess. So, let me say it for the folks in the back–wait for the cupcakes to cool.
  • So, I have a secret for this recipe that really made it take almost no time to decorate: I used canned frosting. Yeah. I know. I’ve been making my own buttercream. But, with the Teacher Appreciation luncheon coming quick, I had to make something fast. So, canned it was.
  • Wanna get that red red red out of your frosting? You have to use gel food coloring like this. It’s just impossible to get that bright of a color, otherwise.
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How to Make Sliced Apple Cupcakes

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 Easy Apple Slice Cupcakes

Sliced Apple Cupcakes

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These sliced apple cupcakes are so fun. You can make this easy cupcake decorating idea for teacher appreciation day in just minutes!

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


  • 12 of your favorite vanilla cupcakes
  • 1 can Vanilla Frosting
  • 6 Tootsie Roll Midgies
  • Chocolate chips
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Green gel food coloring


  1. Bake your cupcakes per the directions in the recipe and allow them cool completely before decorating.
  2. Separate 1/2 of your frosting into a separate bowl.
  3. Add 1/4 teaspoon of red food coloring and stir until the color is consistent throughout.
  4. With a large star tip and decorating bag, pipe red frosting over cupcake in a circular direction working from the center of the cupcake towards the outside in a single layer. 
  5. Pipe white frosting into a filled circle the center of each cupcake. 
  6. Place 3-4 chocolate chips face-down into the white frosting for seeds.
  7. Split each of your midgies Tootsie Roll in half. Twist each of the candy halves between your fingers to form a stem.
  8. Place one candy stem on the top of each cupcake to represent the top of the apple.
  9. With the itty bitty remaining amount of frosting, add 5-6 drops green gel food coloring and stir until the color is consistent throughout.
  10. Using a leaf tip and decorating bag, pipe a little leaf of green frosting on each side of each “stem” and enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make apple slice cupcakes 


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 0g

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

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More Teacher Appreciation Ideas You Might Like

  • Notebook Paper Cupcakes - If you really want an easy cupcake decorating idea that the kids can help with, you can sit them down with a ruler and a food marker to help make these!
  • Chalkboard Graham Crackers - Ok. If you're talking a cute teacher appreciation treat idea, this is it. Every teacher would love to have this easy cookie in a little baggie on her desk.
  • Apple Cupcakes with a Worm - Hear me out, though, the teacher isn't going to feel slighted at all--and older kiddos are going to really get a kick out of this one.
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