Back to School Cakes

Every year I make the kids a special school themed treat on the first day of school.  It’s a fun way to celebrate the milestone of another year and another grade.  I thought it would be fun to take a look back {but excuse the very amateur cake decorating}. 

How do you celebrate a new school year?

Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. oh my gosh, i love the books made of fig newtons! genius!

    cupcakes this year, yum! they are definitely the new cake.

  2. All I can say is WOW!

  3. I love the school bus. They are all great! I can’t believe it’s that time already for you guys!

  4. Oh my gosh – I love seeing all of your cakes. What a great mom you are!!

    I featured your post on my TT&J facebook page :)


  5. Those are amazing! I am inspired… this will be my first year with a kindergartner, so I have to start thinking and quick.

  6. such a fun tradition!! you are such a sweet mom to do this every year for your children. I’m sure your children are excited to see what you will bake up next.

  7. A super ‘sweet’ tradition! I bet your kids get so excited to head back to school looking forward to the cake you have made them! I’m sure they’ll want to continue your tradition with their own kids. Love it!
    –Michelle Paige

  8. What a fun tradition! I’ve tried to do that a couple of years. In fact, I made the 2001 bus cake and the bus cupcakes a couple of times. I’m really liking the printables stuck in cupcakes idea for this year-so easy. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I always loved this idea but in our house it would be torture for the kids. John can’t stand deserts (for the kids anyway) so they would get a piece and the rest would go in the freezer and eventually be thrown out. I’ve given him the nickname “Food Nazi”. lol!

    I was away on holidays when your school started. I hope everyone has a great year!

  10. How fun! I love celebrating b-day parties with cakes and cupcakes, but never thought to make a cake for back to school. Love this.

    I shared this with my readers today who might be looking for back to school solution ideas.

  11. Hi Randi, this is a very sweet party! Love all the fun treats!

    The only thing I noticed is that there was no link to our FREE printables that you used! :(

    If anyone else wants to find them,they’re here:

  12. Sorry for not sourcing the printables … I did provide the link on the original post for those cupcakes. Thanks for providing the link here.

  13. What a great tradition! As homeschoolers we don’t particularly “celebrate” but we do take days off during the year that the other schools don’t so we celebrate then! Visiting from the CSI Project.

  14. Love the one from 2008. That look delicious.

  15. The 2008 chalkboards are my fave-cuz they look cute, simple & quick to make! (also cuz sometimes I am too lazy-LOL)

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  18. You are such a fun mom!!

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