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Graduation Cupcakes

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Graduation cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate a loved one’s big accomplishment.  Whether you’re celebrating an advancement from preschool to Kindergarten or someone earning their college degree, these graduation topper cupcakes will be perfect for your party! 

a red cake stand with seven graduation cupcakes on it. They are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting that have graduation toppers made with peanut butter cups, squares of chocolate, red candies and thin red licorice

Easy Graduation Cupcake Toppers

Summer is just around the corner, and that means warm weather, last days of school, and graduations! To help you celebrate those big school accomplishments, here is how to make easy graduation cupcakes.  Nothing says “Congratulations!” like a cute cupcake with these adorable graduation toppers!

These graduation cupcake toppers require no baking because you can use all store-bought ingredients. You can also match any school colors, which is so festive and fun! They are cute, fast and easy! (Just the way I like it!) Your party guests will be so impressed, and no one has to know how easy they are. (That can be our little secret!)

How To Make Graduation Cupcakes

I like making recipes that are extremely simple and these cupcakes fit the bill.  Here’s how you make them:

  1. Make your favorite cupcakes and frosting according to the respective directions
  2. If you don’t want to make your own cupcakes, go ahead and just buy some from the store
  3. Place a peanut butter cup upside down on the frosting
  4. Place a small amount of chocolate frosting on a chocolate square and then attach it to the peanut butter cup
  5. Cut a small piece, about 3 inches long, of one strand of the string licorice
  6. Pinch one end to flatten it
  7. Place one piece of red candy on top of the flatten edge of licorice and secure it to the top of the chocolate square with a small amount of chocolate frosting

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Graduation Cupcakes Recipe

Go ahead, give these fun cupcakes a try.  Leave us a comment below and let us know how much fun you had making these or tag us on social media when you’re celebrating with them because we love to see what you’ve been up to in the kitchen!

a red cake stand with seven graduation cupcakes on it. They are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting that have graduation toppers made with peanut butter cups, squares of chocolate, red candies and thin red licorice
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Graduation Cupcakes

Whether you're celebrating an advancement from preschool to Kindergarten, or an earned college degree, these graduation cupcakes are perfect for your party!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword graduation cupcakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 frosted cupcakes
  • 12 mini peanut butter cups unwrapped
  • 12 chocolate squared candies unwrapped
  • chocolate frosting or icing
  • peel-apart string licorice separated and cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 12 small candies such as M&Ms or Skittles

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter cups upside-down onto frosted cupcakes.
  2. Using small amount of frosting, attach a chocolate square to peanut butter cup.
  3. Next, pinch the end of 1 piece of licorice to flatten, then place it on the center of the chocolate square, using a small amount of frosting to secure.

  4. Place 1 piece of candy on top of the flattened end of the licorice, using the frosting to secure it.

 

a close up of these graduation cupcakes on a red cake stand. They are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting that have graduation toppers made with peanut butter cups, squares of chocolate, red candies and thin red licorice with the words graduation cupcakes written at the top of the image

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