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School Colors Cupcakes

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Show your school spirit with these School Colors Cupcakes! Learn how to swirl two colors of frosting on top of your favorite cupcakes!

Summer is winding down, and we are celebrating with #BacktoSchoolTreats hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. All week-long 30 bloggers will be sharing 100+ fantastic recipes for both parents and kids, with breakfasts, snacks, desserts, and drinks to get you back in the school routine. Thank you sponsors for providing the prize packages. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below!

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These cupcakes are perfect for celebrating any school-related event, because in this tutorial, I show you how to swirl two colors of frosting onto one cupcake.

I chose to use Everyday Annie's easy American buttercream, because I think it's the perfect balance between buttery and sweet. It pipes beautifully, and takes color beautifully. I prefer to use gel-based food color because it doesn't affect the consistency of the frosting.

My son's school colors are red and blue, but obviously, use the colors of your school. I also used a sprinkle mix from Sweets and Treats in red and blue, but I'm sure you'll find one that mixes your school's colors, and if you can't, they offer the option to make your own custom mix!

When working with food color, add only a couple of drops at a time at first, and mix until the color is uniform. At that point, you can add another few drops of color if needed. And remember, as the frosting sets, the color will darken slightly.

School colors cupcakes on a mini cake stand

Bring these cupcakes to any school bake sale, classroom party, first day of school, last day of school, or just because!

And if your school has three colors instead of two, follow the tutorial, except divide the frosting into three parts, and nestle three filled piping bags into the larger one fitted with the piping tip!

Three cupcakes with swirled icing.

Fluffy American Buttercream

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This easy, fluffy American buttercream is just the right balance of sweet and buttery. It pipes beautifully, and yields enough to frost 24 cupcakes.


  • 3 ¼ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 24 cupcakes
  • Gel food coloring in two colors of your choice
  • Sweets and Treats sprinkles


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the butter on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes, until the butter is smooth and lightened in color.
  2. Add the confectioners sugar and salt to the bowl, and mix on medium low just until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and whip until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the heavy cream and vanilla, whip on medium until incorporated, then increase speed to high and beat for 7 to 8 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Divide the frosting into two bowls. Add a few drops of food color to one bowl, and mix until the color is uniform. Add more color, a drop or two at a time, and mix until uniform, until desired color is achieved. Repeat with second bowl of frosting and second color.
  5. Gather decorating supplies: three piping bags, one large piping tip (such as an open star tip), scissors, and 3 rubberbands.
  6. Fill one piping bag halfway with first color of frosting. Rubberband it shut. Repeat with another piping bag and second color of frosting and rubberband it shut.
  7. Place the piping tip inside the third piping bag. Snip the tips off of all three piping bags.
  8. Place the piping bags with the colored frosting inside the third piping bag, ensuring the bottoms fit inside the piping tip. Rubberband the wider end shut.
  9. Hold the piping bag perpendicular to the top of a cupcake, in the center. Pipe in a circular motion, moving outward to the edge, until the top of the cupcake is covered.
  10. Repeat with remaining cupcakes, refilling the piping bags as needed.
  11. Top with Sweets and Treats sprinkles that match your frosting colors.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 632Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 2gSugar: 57gProtein: 3g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Buttercream recipe from Everyday Annie

Check out these #BacktoSchoolTreats recipes from our Bloggers:

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Orange Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce from Love and Confections
S'mores Breakfast Pastries from Family Around the Table

Back to School Snacks:
Carrot Cake Energy Balls from Frugal & Fit
No-Bake Caramel & Toffee Rice Crispy Treats from Hardly A Goddess
Unicorn Poop Snack Mix from The Beard and The Baker
Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt Drops from Tara's Multicultural Table

Back to School Desserts:
Brownie Cookies with Mascarpone Frosting from My Sweet Zepol
Chocolate Dipped ABC 123 Chocolate Chip Cookies from Big Bear's Wife
Easy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Maple No Bake Oatmeal Cookies from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
School Colors Cupcakes from The Redhead Baker
Streusel Coffee Cake from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Back to School Drinks:
Apple, Vanilla Bean, and Caramel Smoothie from Our Good Life
Caramel Apple Chai Latte from Comfortably Domestic
Caramel Apple Smoothie from Home Sweet Homestead
Hot Caramel Apple Cream from Daily Recipes
Hot Caramel Apple Cider from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Pre Workout Caramel Apple Smoothie from A Day in the Life on the Farm


Thank you to #BacktoSchoolTreats Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Sweets & Treats, Torani, Taylor & Colledge, and Flahavan's for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BacktoSchoolTreats recipes. All opinions are my own. The #BacktoSchoolTreats giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning.

Five (5) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Winners have 48 hours to respond once chosen, or they forfeit the prize and alternate winner(s) will be chosen. The #BacktoSchoolTreats Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #BacktoSchoolTreats posts or entry.

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Monday 19th of August 2019

Such rich colors! Those sprinkles are super cute, too.

Barrie Mooney

Monday 5th of August 2019

What good tips for making this happen- I have always wanted to try this!

April Tuell

Monday 5th of August 2019

Your buttercream looks like it's the perfect consistency, and I can't wait to try your tip on piping two different colors of frosting together!

Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

Sunday 4th of August 2019

Fun cupcakes and great tutorial!


Saturday 3rd of August 2019

Such gorgeous cupcakes! I love that swirl of the two colors.

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