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Annual Back To School Party With Fruit Snack Cakes

This annual back to school party post is sponsored by Welch’s® Fruit Snacks. I am being compensated for this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

We are celebrating back to school with our annual “last night of summer” party this weekend. My kids go back to school SOOO early in the season and stopping to celebrate with them helps everyone get excited about the upcoming year ahead of us.

Back to school party!

Every year we make a night of the celebration, making a fun dinner, serving a special treat and stocking up on goodies to help start the year off right. This year, to get the kids excited about school lunches starting again, we grabbed our favorite fruit snacks and made a lemon fruit snack cake!

It is a fun way to help everyone say goodbye to summer and hello to a new year of school.

Welch's fruit snack cake

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Welch's Back To School Party Cake

A back to school party cake topped with everyones favorite lunch addition Welch's fruit snacks.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Back to school cake, Fruit snack cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 245 kcal


  • Welch's Fruit Snacks
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup FRESH lemon juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  1. To make the fruit snack cake for your back to school party, start by using a whisk or hand mixer to whisk wet ingredients together. Whisk for 2-3 minutes, or until they begin to fluff.

  2. In a separate large bowl, mix the dry ingredients.

  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisking while you add.

  4. Once the batter is fully combined, add in lemon zest and gently mix with a spatula.

  5. Fill small circle pans that have been oiled and bake 350º F for 25 minutes. Once cakes are done, cool and stack them. Then frost! Here’s a lemon frosting recipe we love recreating at home.

  6. Lastly line each cake with Welch's Fruit Snacks to build excitement for a year of school lunches coming soon!

welch's fruit snack review

Along with serving the fruit snack cake and celebrating together, we often get back to school balloons, offer the kids a sweet school gift, and add in a few fun details like pinwheels and confetti to make it really feel like a party. We also spend time talking about our summers, some of the fun things we adored and share photos with each other. Then we transition to school and talk with the kids about their ideas for the coming year ahead.

Throw a back to school party

We make lists of things together, like what they are excited about and what they might be nervous about. AND we always make lists of the lunch ideas they’d like to have in the coming year. Obviously the kids always choose Welch’s Fruit Snacks as one of their favorite additions! Since Welch’s Fruit Snacks are made with real fruit, front and center, I am happy to make them our go-to snack choice for back to school!

It seems strange that so many fruit snacks out there would ignore fruit. At Welch’s, they’re not only listening, they’re putting fruit center stage. After all, their Fruit Snacks are not only made with real fruit, but fruit is their first ingredient. Plus, you can find them at retailers nationwide.

Celebrating with a back to school party is one of my favorite annual traditions. What are some of yours?

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