Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Graduation Cupcakes

With graduation season upon us I thought I'd share with you some cute little cupcakes that I made for our son's graduation last year. 

Inspiration came from these fun little pops that Bakerella made:

It would be really hard to even possibly make these any cuter, but in my world, everything's better with a cupcake.  :)

So, I transformed these babies into cupcake toppers.

I used mini M & M's and a fruit roll-up in our "school blue" to top off the Ghiradelli chocolate square "caps". 

I highly recommend refrigerating the Reese's cups until they're really cold before peeling them.  It was tough to peel the wrappers off without peeling off some chocolate along with them.

All in all, they turned out well, and our graduate loved them!  :)
To make these Graduation Cupcake Toppers you'll need:
~ Mini Reese's peanut butter cups (one for each cupcake)
~ Ghiradelli chocolate squares  (one for each cupcake)
~ Fruit roll-ups in your school colors  (I got four tassels out of one roll-up)
- Mini M&Ms (I used the big bag found in the baking section)
-Chocolate chips to melt and use as "glue" to hold your topper pieces together
To assemble:
1.  Slice the fruit roll-ups into quarters using a sharp knife.
Starting about 1/4 of the way from one end, cut slits in each roll-up all the way to the opposite end.
Roll to form a tassel.
2.  Group the items for each topper...1 Reese's cup, 1 chocolate square, 1 tassel, and 1 mini M&M.
3.  Melt a small amount of chocolate chips and pour into a heavy duty Ziploc bag.
Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the bag.
Using the chocolate as glue, squeeze it onto the Reese's cup, then top with a chocolate square.
Squeeze more chocolate to secure the tassel and M&M on top.
4.  Center on top of each cupcake and enjoy!  :)

And, just because I'm super proud and can't help myself, here's a pic of our grad last year with his brothers and sister.  Melts my heart!

Congrats to all of your grads this year.  Hopefully this cupcake idea will help make their day extra sweet.  :)


  1. These are super cute! I have a 5th grade grade this year... might need to try this!

  2. Thanks, Heather! They were a huge hit, I bet your daughter would love them! :)

  3. Just love the mortar boards. What a great idea to use them on cupcakes. I'm going to try that for my son. Thanks.

  4. Those would be super cute for our Kindergarten graduation!!! What did you use for the square of chocolate? Thanks for the wonderful idea!!!

    1. Thanks, Jenn! The mortar boards are just squares of Ghiradelli chocolate. They are the perfect size, look great, and taste yummy! I'd love to see pics of how your cupcakes turn out! :)

  5. These will really cute. I haven't seen any cupcakes for graduation before so these are a great idea. They have worked hard to graduate so deserve to be spoilt!

    1. I love these too. I found some graduation oreos that I got rave reviews on last year. I got them here http://www.myfastbasket.com/p5837/Graduation-Cap-Dipped-Oreos-Gift/product_info.html

  6. Haha...looking for cupcake ideas and look what I found! Adorable!


  7. A lot easier than I anticipated! Just made 120 for my sons 5th grade graduating class! With the help of a friend we found a few things to save time and make it a lot easier!.... We put the fruit roll ups in the freezer for a bit along with the chocolates... also we kept the wrapper on the Reese's because no matter how long we froze them chocolate kept coming off with the wrapper! They looked fantastic! My boys were stoked!

    1. Ahhh, that's SO cool! I love getting feedback when you guys try out our ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your tips with us...great advice! Happy Celebrating, and congratulations to your graduate! :)

  8. What did you use to attach the chocolates together and the m&m to the top? Thanks.

    1. I was interested in this too but no one replied:)

    2. To connect the tassel pieces, simply melt some chocolate chips, add it to where you'd like things to attach, and it will serve as glue. :)

  9. really cute ideas. I love how personalized your creations are!

  10. really cute ideas. I love how personalized your creations are!

  11. Fantastic! These are perfect for our event! thanks for sharing.

  12. Mortarboard Cupcakes are so cute. We are going to make them for our class reunion in our school colors.

  13. doing these for my son for his 5th grade graduation.

    1. Oh, that's great! Hope you have fun with them, and congrats to your little graduate! :)

  14. My best friend, who is 42, is graduating college in just a few weeks. I'm throwing the party, and these have just made it onto the menu! Super cute! Can't wait to try these, and to see the look on her face. You have some really cute things, glad I found you. You've already been book marker. :-)

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie! I truly appreciate it, and I'm SO excited that I was able to inspire you! Have a GREAT time at your party! :)

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