Graduation Cupcakes
Graduation Cupcake Recipes

Graduation Cupcakes

Create an edible graduation centerpiece by decorating a few cupcakes to resemble graduation hats and the rest using school colors.

24
cupcakes
1 hr 30 min
PREP TIME
02 hrs 15 min
TOTAL TIME

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

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  3. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 5

    Combine all frosting ingredients except half & half in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed, adding enough half & half for desired frosting consistency.

  6. STEP 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. STEP 7

    Place decorated cupcakes in center of large platter. Frost remaining 16 cupcakes; sprinkle with decorator sprinkles or sugars. Place around decorated cupcakes.

Tip #1

- Use fresh licorice for best results.

Tip #2

- 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

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

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  June 29, 2013

i love it <3 <3 <3 <3

— says loving lubaba
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  June 24, 2013

this was a cool craft best party ever

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