Cupcake Graduation Caps

Whether you are celebrating your a college graduation or a preschool graduation, these quick and easy cupcakes are sure to please your party guests!  Let’s face it, chocolate is one of those foods that you will never out grow.

I came up with the cupcake graduation cap about nine years ago when I was asked by Good Things Utah (a local TV show) to present a graduation party idea on their show. My husband was graduating from college and I wanted something that would be simple to throw together and wouldn’t break the bank.

I used the Hostess cupcakes for the base of the cap. The top of the cap is a chocolate covered graham cracker. You want to make sure to get the kind that is square. For the little button on the top, I used a M&M. The tassel is made out of embroidery floss. The great thing about the embroidery floss is that there are so many colors available. You should be able to find your school colors. Last but not least,  I used chocolate frosting as the glue to hold it all together.

If you are going to make a lot, you could also make your own cupcakes to save on the cost. I would just recommend that you cook the cupcakes without the cupcake liner. That way you would not have the ridges on the side from the liner.

This year we have a preschool graduation and a 6th grade graduation. So we will be making lots of these over the next few weeks.

Until next time,


Cupcake graduation cap



Cupcake Graduation Cap


makes 8 Caps

graduation hat supplies


8 Hostess cupcakes

1/2 cup of chocolate frosting

8 chocolate covered graham crackers

1 ( 1.69 oz.) bag of M&M

embroidery floss of desired color


1. Unwrap the Hostess cupcakes and turn the cupcakes over so the chocolate top with the white swirl is on the bottom. Spread some chocolate frosting on the top of the cupcake. Place the chocolate covered graham cracker on top of the frosting on the cupcake.

2. Place a small amount of frosting on the top of the M&M (the side with the lettering on it) and place the M&M in the center of the graham cracker, frosting side down.

3. To make the tassel, wrap the embroidery floss around  your three middle fingers five or six times making a 2 inch loop. Thread a  5 inch section of floss through the 2 inch loop and tie the two ends together making a 1  1/2 inch loop.




4. Tie another 4 inch section of floss 1/4 ” below the embroidery floss loop. Cut the bottom of the loop to finish off the tassel. Repeat this process 7 more times.

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5. Hang the tassel around the M&M.

tassel picture





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