These apple cupcakes with a faux bite — adapted from a "What's New, Cupcake?" by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson — are clever to the core. Make a crateful to celebrate the start of a new school year.
Our silicone baking cups were part of a multicolor set from Michaels, but Le Creuset makes an all-red set that would also work ($10 for 6 cups at cookware.com).
Mix your favorite cupcake batter and divide it evenly among cupcake wells lined with red paper or silicone cups (see Tip below), filling each one about three-quarters full. Bake the cupcakes according to the recipe directions and let them cool.
Carve a shallow, dime-size well in the top of each cupcake, then cover the tops with red frosting and coat them with red sugar sprinkles. Mold a small piece of a Tootsie Roll Midgee into a stem shape. Form a leaf from a small piece of green Tootsie Fruit Roll, pinch it against the stem, then insert the stem into the cupcake.
To make a bitten apple, spoon a small well from the side of the cupcake and line it with white frosting. Press tiny bits of Tootsie Roll Midgee in place for seeds.