Cupcake Graduation Caps are always a crowd pleaser! Whether you are celebrating a high school, college, or preschool graduation, these cupcakes are sure to make a statement. Let’s face it, chocolate is one of those foods that you will never outgrow. The great thing about these Cupcake Graduation Caps is that they are very simple to assemble. It doesn’t matter if you need only a few or a few dozen, you will be able to whip these cupcakes out in no time.
I came up with the Cupcake Graduation Cap about nine years ago when I was asked by Good Things Utah (a local TV show) to present a graduation party idea on their show. My husband was graduating from college at the time and I wanted something that would be simple to throw together and wouldn’t break the bank.
For the base of the cap, I originally used Hostess cupcakes but I have found that the Little Debbie Cupcakes work just as well. The top of the cap is a chocolate covered graham cracker. You want to make sure to get the kind that is square. For the little button on the top, I use an M&M. The tassel is made out of embroidery floss. The great thing about the embroidery floss is that there are so many colors available. You should be able to find your school colors. Last but not least, I used chocolate frosting as the glue to hold it all together.
If you are going to make a lot, you could also make your own cupcakes to save on the cost. I would just recommend that you cook the cupcakes without the cupcake liner. This way you will not have the ridges on the side of the cupcake from the liner.
This year we have a preschool graduation, so we will be making lots of these over the next few weeks.
With love from my kitchen to yours,
Cupcake Graduation Cap
makes 8 Caps
8 Hostess or Little Debbie cupcakes
1/2 cup of chocolate frosting
8 chocolate covered graham crackers
1 ( 1.69 oz.) bag of M&M
embroidery floss of the desired color
1. Unwrap the Hostess cupcakes and turn the cupcakes over so the chocolate top with the white swirl is on the bottom. Spread some chocolate frosting on the top of the cupcake. Place the chocolate covered graham cracker on top of the frosting on the cupcake.
2. Place a small amount of frosting on the top for the M&M (the side with the lettering on it) and place the M&M in the center of the graham cracker, frosting side down.
3. To make the tassel, wrap the embroidery floss around your three middle fingers five or six times making a 2-inch loop. Thread 5-inch section of floss through the 2-inch loop and tie the two ends of the 5 inch section together making a 1 1/2 inch loop.
4. Tie another 4-inch section of floss 1/4 ” below the embroidery floss loop. Cut the bottom of the 2 inch loop to finish off the tassel. Repeat this process 7 more times.
5. Hang the tassel around the M&M and enjoy your Cupcake Graduation Caps!