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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!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: graduation cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 350kcal


  • 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


  • Place peanut butter cups upside-down onto frosted cupcakes.
  • Using small amount of frosting, attach a chocolate square to peanut butter cup.
  • 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.
  • Place 1 piece of candy on top of the flattened end of the licorice, using the frosting to secure it.


Calories: 350kcal