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Bake Sale Idea- A Cupcake Recipe That Will WOW Your Customers

Updated on June 30, 2012

Every year, you dread the annual school bake sale. Rows of endless cookies, brownies, breads, and other common items line the tables. You longingly admire the fancy cupcakes in magazines and bake shops- but who has time to whip up something like that? Most of the designs require a PhD in decorating, using fancy tools and weird ingredients.

Enter the bake sale cupcake fairy. She causes you to stumble upon this idea, and you marvel at how simple, easy, and beautiful it looks. Maybe the kids can even help? "Why didn't I think of that?" you wonder. It's okay, I didn't think it up either. I scoured cupcake books until I found one that met my requirements:

  • No strange ingredients that require a trip to some specialty bake shop
  • No strange tools that cost an arm and a leg to buy
  • No elaborate decorations that will ignite frustration and rage
  • Easy enough for kids to help
  • Adorable design that will catch a customer's eye

Here it is: Blueberry Pie Cupcakes and Raspberry Pie Cupcakes

The Raspberry Pie Cupcakes
The Raspberry Pie Cupcakes
The Blueberry Pie Cupcakes
The Blueberry Pie Cupcakes

Ingredients you will need

  • One vanilla cake mix
  • Two 16 ounce cans of vanilla frosting (make sure it's white)
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large bags of M&Ms
  • A large Ziploc bag to pipe frosting

Prepare the cake

1. Prepare cupcakes according to cake mix directions.
2. When they are finished, make sure to cool completely.

While the kids are waiting

Have them sort out the red and blue M&M's so it's easier to decorate.
Have them sort out the red and blue M&M's so it's easier to decorate.

Make the frosting

3. Put the two containers of frosting into a large bowl.
4. Add four drops of yellow food coloring and about a TBS of cocoa powder. Add a little at a time until you get the right color. You want a light brown to mimic pie crust.

Decorating the cupcakes

5. Put frosting on each cupcake, but leave a 1/4 inch rim around the edge. (This will be where the piping goes around)
6. Have the kids put several M&M's on each cupcake, making sure the "M" is facedown. Don't be afraid to smush them a bit. Try not to be too linear. You want it to look like fruit.

7. Put a bunch of frosting in a large Ziploc bag. Cut off the edge (about 1/8 of an inch), and draw three lines horizontally going across each cupcake. Then add three lines going diagonally.
8. Finally, pipe some frosting around the edge to mimic a pie crust. Don't be afraid of it...if you just make little swirls, it looks fine.

Voila!
Voila!

The scenery

Half the fun is arranging them on a plate or wire rack. Pretend they are mini pies and add little labels. You want it to look like a bake shop.

Evan set everything up!
Evan set everything up!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! These cupcakes look beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love baking and eating cupcakes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Huy 4 years ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Those cupcakes look very pretty, I think I know what to do with my leftover candies now.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Cool and Easy. Can't beat it.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yes Julie, they are that good! :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @rtalloni- thanks for stopping by

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @josh- drooling huh? You and Billy with your mouth watering comments about my food entries! LOL

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @rebeccamealey!- your welcome :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @nmdonders- I see so many I like but can never replicate. This one was simple!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @melchi- thank you!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @catgypsy- LOL, we had so much fun with them!

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      How pretty! I love cupcakes and these are beautiful! Makes my mouth water just looking at them, haha.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow!!! These are beautiful little pieces of art, what a great idea! :) I love cupcakes and have never seen a recipe like this one, very original! Voted up, interesting, awesome and beautiful :)

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      That is so cute. I've seen a lot of interesting cupcake designs but this is very original. I love it and will definitely use it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow! What pretty cupcakes. Such great photos, thanks for sharing.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Can I just say that I am coveting these cupcakes and currently drooling all over my keyboard while I am typing? LOL Awesome idea Julie! :) Voted up, many more and sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      How utterly darling these little pies are! Such a cute idea for kids of ages. Thanks!