Graduation Cupcake Ideas


Graduation is an important time, filled with gatherings and special events. These parties, open houses and other celebrations typically involve a generous spread of snacks. Keep your snacking simple by serving up individual sized desserts in the form of cupcakes. Cupcakes can be designed to match the theme of your graduation event and personalized with the guest of honor's school colors or graduation year. With the help of a variety of embellishments and creative presentation techniques, your graduation cupcakes may be the highlight of the snack table.

Graduation "Cap"cakes

  • Transform an entire cupcake nto a graduation cap with the help of some graham crackers and candy accessories. Turn the finished cupcakes upside down and frost the sides and bottom of the cupcake. Frost a graham cracker square in the same color. Place the graham cracker on top of the cupcake to serve as the mortarboard. Use a string of licorice or Twizzler for the tassel, and secure with a jelly bean, red hot or other small candy on top.

Cupcake Toppers

  • Any standard frosted cupcake can be dressed up for the occasion with an appropriately themed topper. For a quick and easy project, look for small picks in the shape of diplomas, graduation caps or the year, and poke one into each cupcake. If you want a more elaborate topper, place a mini peanut butter cup upside down on top of the cupcake to serve as the base for a graduation cap. Top with a small square cookie, and use frosting to draw a tassel on top.

Show Your Colors

  • The coloring of the cake and icing can give an ordinary cupcake a spirited makeover. Consider using the school colors for both the cake and the icing. If the colors include black, add black food coloring to chocolate cupcakes. Bake red velvet cupcakes if red is one of the colors. To incorporate two colors of icing, consider icing half of the cupcake in one color, and the other half in another. You can also ice the cupcakes in one color and pipe a second color on top, writing out the graduation year. Candy sprinkles can be another way to sneak in a second school color.

Cupcake Cake

  • Rather than icing and decorating each cupcake individually, you can also create a large cake, comprised of several individual cupcakes set side by side. Arrange the cupcakes in your desired shape. This may be as simple as a square or circle, or more elaborate, perhaps in the shape of the graduation year's numerals. Set the cupcakes on a serving platter so that you can move the entire piece without disturbing the individual cakes. Ice the entire shape as though it is one cake to give it a cohesive look, and decorate with additional embellishments as desired. The school mascot, an image of a diploma or the name of the graduate can be added to the cake using icing. For less artistic bakers, try using cake toppers such as plastic numerals or animals for the mascot. Digital images, such a picture of the graduate, can also be special ordered on a thin sheet of icing which can be applied directly to the cake.

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