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Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Graduation Cap Cupcakes recipe
photo by:kraft
Cue your favorite version of Pomp and Circumstance. Orange-flavored cupcakes topped with a chocolate graham mortarboard earn you a degree in cuteness.
30 min
1 hr 25 min
24 servings
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I made these for pre-school graduation using mini muffin sized brownies, chocolate covered grahams, fruit by the foot dividing the colors to make the tassels and chocolate frosting to hold on the cookie and jelly bean. They were the hit of the party!
This recipe can be whatever you choose to make it. If you want to pull out all the stops you can and follow exactly. I was a bit pinched on time, so I used the prepared chocolate graham crackers, Twizzlers pull and peel for the tassles, and chocolate frosting. To incorporate the school's colors I alternated M&M's. They turned out great and will plan to make for all future party's. Thanks Kraft!
My mother-in-law and I made these for my son's Kindergarten graduation. His school's color was red, so we doctored the recipe quite a bit. We skipped the Kool-Aid & chocolate and substituted icing, licorice (pull & peel and bites) and M&M's for the Cool Whip, fruit rolls and jelly beans. We spread marshmallow fluff on the tops of the grahams and used cake decorating spray to make the caps red. They're a bit of work, but looked great and we got tons of compliments!
These were fantastic and a big hit with our guests! Sooo attractive......we feel we improved the look and ease by using chocolate cake mix, skipping the filling and covering them with a thin yummy chocolate marshmallow glaze that sealed in their moisture. We used melted chocolate coating wafers to attach everything which worked great, and as everyone else has suggested we used already coated grahams too. On another platter we also made tiny caps from Reeses' mini peanut butter cups upside down, following the same pattern with small chocolate covered grahams and tassles.
i made these for a graduation party & they were really a 'hit' w/everyone. people were even taking them home to duplicate. i used a cake mix which made 48 mini cakes & 6 large. the minis were a bit too big, so i used a small round cookie cutter to trim the edges . also, the fruit roll ups are tricky to work with so i refrigerated the roll before cutting with a very sharp paring knife. it really helped. the store bought chocolate covered graham crackers worked well to as did the canned frosting.
I chose this recipe because it looked cute and I could custimize it for a grad party I was attending. I also skipped the coolwhip and used ready to decorate icing that came with tips. I didn't use rollups , instead I ended up eating them and then buying twizzlers pull and peel. A drawback besides the chocolate melting in with the weather; the wrappers stuck to the cake.
VERY labor intensive. If you make these, make mini muffins, forget the kool aid, and use ready made chocolate graham crackers. When the home made graham crackers get room temp, they are a mess. The cool whip DOES NOT hold anything on, so use frosting that will dry a bit. The fruit rolls also get too soft in this weather. The pictures look great. don't be fooled.
Someone made this for our elementary school graduation and the kids loved them. They couldn't get the fruit roll ups to work so they just used yarn for the tassels.
I made these for my son's kindergarten class & everyone loved them. I wrote the child's name on the cookie for that personalized touch. Also, instead of dipping a graham cracker in choc. to save time - buy inexpensive choc covered graham cookies. The tassels are the most time consuming part - but worth it. My friend wants to make these next year for her daughter's class.
This was a good recipe, but I will simplify the production next time. I recommend using mini-muffin tins and liners instead of full-size cupcakes. Also, substitute one (or two bags) of chocolate chip or your favorite muffin mix to reduce the quantity of mini grad caps. Buy the already-coated chocolate graham crackers to save effort. I used M&M's for the grad cap button and glued everything together with a can of chocolate icing. I opted to leave out the jello all together. The tassels may need to set up in the frig. This approach makes it more manageable. Very cute but original method is very labor intensive.
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