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Graduation Cap Cupcakes

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24 servings

Cue your favorite version of Pomp and Circumstance. Orange-flavored cupcakes topped with a chocolate-graham mortarboard earn you a degree in cuteness.

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  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Prepare cake batter as directed on package. Blend in dry drink mix; spoon into 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean; cool completely. Meanwhile, spread 1 tsp. melted chocolate onto each graham square to completely cover top of graham; place in single layer on baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm.
  • Remove liners from cupcakes; place cupcakes upside-down on plate. Use wooden spoon handle to poke deep hole in center of each cupcake, being careful to not poke through to bottom of cupcake. Spoon COOL WHIP into resealable plastic bag. Cut small piece off one bottom corner of bag; use to pipe COOL WHIP into holes and onto tops of cupcakes, reserving small amount of COOL WHIP for later use. Top cupcakes with grahams, chocolate sides up, to resemble graduation caps.
  • Use fruit rolls to make tassels for caps. (See tip.) Add 1 tassel and jelly bean to top of each graham square, securing each with dab of remaining COOL WHIP.


For a black-and-white graduation, spread half the graham squares with additional COOL WHIP instead of the melted chocolate. Line up different-colored caps in alternating rows.

How to Make Tassels

Cut each fruit snack roll into 12 pieces. Cut 3/4-inch slits at one short end of each piece to resemble fringe. Tightly roll up lengthwise to resemble tassel.

How to Store

Keep filled and frosted cupcakes refrigerated.


  • 24 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 24 servings
Calories 190
Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 3g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 190mg
Carbohydrate 29g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 4 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • jepaul1039 |

    Moist and delicious!

  • Kearney07 |

    Super easy, fast and very yummy! I used chocolate gram crackers, Devils Food cupcake mix and left out the cool-aid. Instead of using the fruit roll ups as the tassels I used Twizzlers pull and peel. MUCH faster and MUCH easier! I left out the M&M and it still looks really cute. My sister loved it and the 24 cupcakes were gone in 10 minutes at the party! it was a HUGE success! I'll definitely be making them again!

  • ceciled19 |

    So easy and fast! Buy the chocolate covered cookies, no kool-aid, use M&Ms or jelly beans and fruit rolls in the school color and use frosting instead of cool whip. Piece of cake - literally! Tassles weren't hard to make, just use your imagination.

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