“YOU Take the Cake” Cupcakes

“YOU Take the Cake” Cupcakes
Looking for a way to show some teacher love this week?  “YOU Take the Cake” Cupcakes may be just what you are looking for!
This morning on a news show a woman shared teacher appreciation gifts.  She said the average cost of a gift from a child to a teacher was $30.00….oh my.  For my 5 kids that would have been  a whopping $150.00 “thank you” bill.  No way!!!!

“YOU Take the Cake” Cupcakes

Show them you love them with a little treat you can afford to make for all the teachers, principal and staff.  “Anything but an apple is appreciated,”… taken from a teacher’s survey.
I made these for our church young women for a girl’s camp treat.  Here’s the DIY scoop:
Split 2 cupcakes per cup, (fill and frost, I made cream cheese frosting), layer in a clear cup.  Top with sprinkles and enclose in a clear cellophane bag.  Insert a clear fork handle in the cupcake and tie with curling ribbon.  Insert a little tag in the fork-tines and you are good to go! 
"YOU Take the Cake" Cupcakes
A sweet gift you can share with teachers, friends, or birthday boys and girls, "YOU Take the Cake" Cupcakes are always appreciated!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
For Cake
  • 24 cupcakes (2 split cupcakes per cup)
For Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring if desired
For Decorations
  • Use your favorite sprinkles, nuts, candies, coconut
  • 12 cellophane bags
  • 12-clear forks
  • 12-clear cups
  • 12-cards
For Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. Add food coloring if desired
Split cupcakes and layer with Cream Cheese Frosting in a clear cup. I'd suggest you color the frosting to match ribbon, or sprinkles. Repeat the layering with the other cupcake and more frosting. Top with sprinkles, nuts, or candy. Push a clear fork handle down into the cupcake. Attach your card to the tines in the fork. Place in a clear cellophane bag and tie up with curling ribbon or twine.
Sending love to all of you!
Adapted from Sinful Southern Treats and to download printable.

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. LDH

    So adorable and I know would be enjoyed by the recipient! Sweet for a kids party instead of a party bag too.

  2. Garden of Egan

    That’s a great looking treat. What teacher wouldn’t love having that?


  3. Jacqueline

    Too clever and too cute! I think the kids might not get to school with this at all – I could see mine coming into class with crumbs all over their faces! I love tying the utensil in!

  4. Miss S.

    Very sweet! My two kids have 9 teachers between them for preschool. I bought refillable cups for $3 a piece with Crystal Light Drink mixes 4 boxes on clearance for $1.25. And the tags were $1. So I am spending about $3.60 per teacher. I laugh at there $30 estimate! Ha ha ha!!

  5. Debbie

    I love these! That’s just up my alley, and Providentially, one of my other favorite bloggers (Tanya @froufrou britches) was just asking for teacher gift ideas like this. I’m going to pass along this link.

  6. The Café Sucré Farine

    Renee, this is a delightful treat that any teacher would love! I never wanted to be a teacher till now seeing these delicious appreciation gifts 🙂

  7. SavoringTime in the Kitchen

    Those are so cute and much more appreciated than anything purchased! A lot of time and though went into them into which is evident.

  8. Pondside

    What a treat these would be – I’d have loved to have received one!

  9. Linda

    How sweet they are and so thoughtful. Any teacher would love to have one of these.

  10. Cathy

    Any teacher would love one of these gifts from their student. There is nothing as good as homemade.


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