Graduation Cupcakes

Graduation Cupcake Recipes
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Create an edible graduation centerpiece by decorating a few cupcakes to resemble graduation hats and the rest using school colors.
1:30
Prep Time
2:15
Total Time
24 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

2 cups
all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon
baking soda
1/2 teaspoon
baking powder
1/2 teaspoon
salt
1 1/2 cups
sugar
3/4 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
4 (1-ounce) squares
unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled slightly
3
large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 teaspoon
vanilla
1 1/3 cups
water

Frosting

1/2 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
4 cups
powdered sugar
2 tablespoons
light corn syrup
1 teaspoon
almond extract, if desired
1/2 to 2/3 cup
Land O Lakes® Half & Half

Decorations

Decorator sprinkles or sugars to match school colors
8 mini
peanut butter cups, unwrapped
8 (1 3/4-inch square)
dark chocolate candies, unwrapped
Peel-apart black or red string licorice, separate into individual ropes
Candy-coated chocolate pieces

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  3. Combine sugar and 3/4 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add cooled chocolate, eggs and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add flour mixture alternately with water; beat at low speed until well mixed.
  4. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin pan cups. Bake 14-15 minutes or until set. Let cool 5 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  5. Combine all frosting ingredients except half & half in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed, adding enough half & half for desired frosting consistency.
  6. Frost 8 cupcakes. Place peanut butter cups onto cupcakes, bottom-side up. Attach chocolate square to peanut butter cup, using small amount of frosting. To create tassels, cut licorice ropes into 3 1/2-inch pieces. Place 3 pieces together; flatten 1 end. Attach to chocolate square using small amount of frosting; place 1 candy-coated chocolate piece over flattened end of licorice. Push slightly into frosting to secure.
  7. Place decorated cupcakes in center of large platter. Frost remaining 16 cupcakes; sprinkle with decorator sprinkles or sugars. Place around decorated cupcakes.

Recipe Tips

- Use fresh licorice for best results.

- Cupcakes may be made ahead and frozen. Store between sheets of waxed paper and freeze in container with tight-fitting lid up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature before frosting and assembling.

Nutrition Facts (1 cupcake without decorations)

Calories
340
Cholesterol
55mg
Carbohydrates
48g
Protein
3g
Fat
16g
Sodium
210mg
Dietary Fiber
2g

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