Back to School Sweet Teacher Treats with a Free Printable!

We had such a wonderful first day of school yesterday!!  Brantley had her first day of 2nd grade, and my Gracie Girl started KINDERGARTEN (which blows my mind completely), and I met them in the car line yesterday afternoon, and they both had the biggest smiles that their little faces could bear.  But more on that later this week. 🙂  What I really want to share today is a sweet teacher treat and free printable to go along with it!!

I really like to start the school year out on the right foot with the kids teachers.  And how else to butter them up, get them on your side, and  begin on a high note than to send in homemade goodies?!  The last two years I have sent in muffins for the teachers, but this year, I wanted to switch it up and send in a spin on one of my favorite treats- cupcakes!  So this year, Brantley and Grayson’s teachers (and Ben’s too, in a few weeks) got cupcakes in a jar as a first day of school gift!

I used to order cupcakes in a jar as special little “just because” gifts from a favorite Etsy vendor, but she has since closed her shop.  But they are SO, SO easy to make and definitely easier to eat than a regular cupcake.  And I’ll show you just how I did it!

All you need are :

Cupcakes (I made mine from a box mix)- you’ll use about a cupcake and a half per jar


Sprinkles (optional, but to me, sprinkles are NEVER optional :))

Large Ziploc Bag or Piping Bag

Jelly Canning Jars and Lids

Baker’s Twine or Ribbon, and Downloadable Tag (see below!!)

So to start- Make some cupcakes!  My kids’ favorite combination is yellow cake and chocolate frosting, so that’s what we decided on.  While the cupcakes are baking, add an entire container of frosting to a large ziploc bag (or piping bag), and cut the corner out.

Once the cupcakes are done and have cooled a bit, take one cupcake and break it in half, width wise.  Place the top of the cupcake upside down into the bottom of the jelly jar to create your first layer.  You make your cupcake in a jar kind of like a trifle- layer by layer!  After you add the cake, take your frosting and pipe a good little blob of frosting on top of the cake.  Then add the second half of the cupcake, and another blob of frosting.  I actually intended on that being it, but there was just too much room left in the jar not to add another layer!!  So I took another cupcake half, added it in, and topped it with one last swirl of frosting and a layer of rainbow sprinkles.  Becauuuuuuse… sprinkles.

And the treat is complete!  So easy, and the teachers loved them!  And there are a thousand ways to make these cupcakes in a jar even better.  Make carrot cake, and add crushed pineapple and cream cheese frosting!  The flavor combinations are endless (chocolate cake and peanut butter frosting!  Vanilla AND chocolate cake!  Vanilla cake with sweetened condensed milk and caramel for Dulce de Leche!), and can be customized based on your own preferences.

And NOW, to cute it up a bit!  I FOREVER have tons and tons of fabric scraps hanging around, so I added a little fabric touch to the top of the jelly jar.  I just outlined the top, and cut outside my line about a 1/4″-1/2″.  I laid it on top of the jelly jar top (you can secure it with a bit of glue or double sided tape if it’s shifting on you), and then secured the top on with the cap.

And of course I wanted to add a cute, personalized tag!  I made these in picmonkey, added the kids names, printed them off, cut them out, and tied them on with bakers twine.  DONE!  The cutest little cupcakes in a jar for our wonderful teachers this school year!!

And the best part is, I am sharing the tags with you!  Click here to download the page of tags, save it to your computer, then open it in picmonkey or another photo editing program, and add your own kids names in!  You can also just print it off and write them in, or let the kids sign their own names.  Also, the tags say “A Sweet Start to the New School Year,” so you’re not limited to just making cupcakes in a jar!  You can make a cake, a basket of muffins (my old standby), a box of cookies, or donuts—if it’s sweet, it’ll work!

I hope you can use the cupcake in a jar idea or my sweet start tags to surprise your kids new teachers this year!  Despite the jokes, I genuinely am not trying to butter them up, I just want them to know that they will have our full support and that we are so appreciative of the work they do each and every day, teaching our children.  And maybe a little cupcake (and a half) will make their day a little sweeter!

Happy Back to School, y’all!

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