Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Graduation Cap Cupcakes

1 package (2-layer size) yellow or devils food cake mix
1 package vanilla or chocolate pudding mix
1 package fudge covered graham cracker cookies
Butter cream icing
Twizzlers, pull and peel (not Redvines)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare cake batter as directed on package. Blend in pudding mix; spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Place a little less than 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely.

Place cupcakes upside-down on plate. Spoon buttercream icing into resealable plastic bag. Snip one corner from bottom of bag; pipe icing inside the cupcakes and onto tops of cupcakes, reserving small amount of icing for later use. Top cupcakes with fudge covered graham cracker cookies, to resemble graduation caps.

Use Twizzlers (pull and peel) to make tassels for caps. Add 1 tassel and M&M to top of each graham cracker cookie, securing each with dab of remaining icing. Keep refrigerated.

-Do not twist Twizzlers. Simply leave 3 strands hanging straight down from top of cap. Make sure strands are not longer than the cupcake. Trim, if necessary, to be hanging.

-Put enough icing between cupcake and graham cracker to make sure it sticks.

-Do not put too much icing on the top of the hat to keep on Twizzlers and M&M.

*We made these every year for our teen Grad Night. After 3 years, we got it down to a science and the recipe above is what became the easiest. They will look a little different from the picture below.*

Recipe adapted and picture from KraftFoods.com

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