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Making cupcakes is lots of fun and I think this page covers just about every aspect of cupcakes for graduation, most importantly though are the lovely design ideas of which there are many. Please read on and enjoy!






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Gallery of Graduation Cupcakes


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Toppers for Graduation Cupcakes 


Graduation Toppers

Ebay has a great selection of suitable for cupakes and they are a great price too.

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Take your Pick

There are a many quite brilliant

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available that will make decorating your graduation cupcakes a breeze. Just add a swirl of butter cream icing using a large tip, maybe a few colorful sprinkles and then a pick of your choice.

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Sparkling Star Graduation Cupcakes

Well the graduate is certainly a star so this is certainly a good idea for your graduation cupcakes.

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I am sure you will agree that these fondant stars with colored sugars look fantastic and even better - they are so easy to make and store well so can be made a few days in advance of when they are required.

Here are the ingredients and tools that you need which can all be found on ebay:

• Star cookie cutter
• Ready-To-Use White Rolled Fondant
• Cake Sparkles (in choice of colors)
• Buttercream icing


Instructions:

  1. Simply roll out the fondant and cut out star shapes.
  2. Brush the stars with water and then sprinkle with cake sparkles.

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Star Studded Graduation Cupcakes

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Here are the ingredients and tools that you need which can all be found on ebay:

• Snappy Stripes Standard Baking Cups
• Jumbo Stars Sprinkles
• Butter cream icing


Instructions:

It is so simple there really is no need for instructions.

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Candles for Graduation Cupcakes


Ebay has some cute

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Make Your Own Graduation Cupcakes Toppings

You can design and make your own toppings. Some examples are:

  • You can make an edible mortarboard using Grahams Crackers. Simply dip them in chocolate and allow to dry.

  • Make a diploma by rolling up a piece of paper and tying it with a thin strip of ribbon.

  • Create an American flag. Start off with white frosting and create the flag design with red and blue frosting.

  • Simply use frosting in school colors.

  • Buy chocolate figurines.

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Photos on your Graduation Cupcakes

Edible Photos

How about putting photos on your graduation cupcakes:

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I am afraid you cannot do this yourself though as you need a special printer AND the edible paper AND the edible ink cartridges.

Most supermarkets or cake shops should be able to do this for you or you could do it all online at www.picturethatcake.com.
It is quite a nice idea to use a selection of photos of the graduate at various stages in their life. If you don’t have an electronic copy of all the photo you’d like to use though then try options like – taking a photo of a photo with a digital camera or you could scan the photo to create a digital image – a lot of home printers have a scanning option – just ask around your friends and family.

Picturethatcake make lovely edible icing sheets full of photos of your choice and they post it out to you at a very reasonable cost. The photos could also have text added to them. They are so easy to use, just peel off the back of the edible image and lay it flat on the frosted cupcake. It’s amazing watching it absorb and create this cool image on your cakes.

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Photo Picks

You could make a mosaic on your computer using small images of the graduate, print it out, get the sheet laminated and then cut them all out and use these that you can get from ebay to decorate your graduation cupcakes:

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Similarly, you could get several small photos of the graduate at various stages in their life laminated and then using the party picks to decorate your main graduation cake with them.

Get the picks from ebay:

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Baking Liners and Wrappers for Your Graduation Cupcakes

Search ebay for some - again it has the best array to choose from and not surprisingly the best prices too.

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Have You Ever Heard of Cupcake Wrappers?


Well there are some

The detail is unimaginable and they are easily assembled to slip your graduation cupcake in for a wonderful display. These look amazing on a tiered stand or set at each place setting as a dessert or party favor, the possibilities are endless. The wrappers are for presentation purposes only, not edible or for baking in.

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This lovely also exists on ebay but it requires a special search on ebay to find it.

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Pans For Your Graduation Cupcakes


Get Your Pans on ebay!

Ebay has the best selection of by far and the prices cannot be beaten – there are ones for making square or star shaped cupcakes, mini cupcakes, a single large one and even ones capable of holding 24 cupcakes.

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Tips on How to Fill Them

• Place the cupcake cases or baking liners in the cups in the cake pan.
• Fill the cups 2/3 full.
• You could use a decorating bag to add the mixture or a big spoon would also do.
• You are probably best using the decorating bag though if you are making mini cupcakes.

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Cupcake Cones

I discovered this fantastic video on Youtube. It shows you how to make these fantastic ice-cream cone looking cupcakes and she fills the cone with sweeties. They look gorgeous, totally unique and so easy to make - well worth a look.

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Displaying your Graduation Cupcakes

Cupcake Stands or Trees

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You’ll find some lovely

on ebay. If you specifically like the one with feet then you’ll need to search on “2 feet of treats cupcake”. You’ll also discover some expensive glass, silver and even illuminated versions.

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Display Options

Here are some nice displays that I have come across:

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First photo - This tiered stand looks great, I love the way it has bigger cake at the top (scope for adding a message or a graduation cake topper or even edible photo) and the streamers are a great idea too.

Second photo -Another tiered option – doesn’t matter if you can’t fit all your cupcakes on the stand, they look great scattered around it.

Third photo - This square tiered stand is also nice and I like the idea of putting flowers on top.

Fourth photo -This stand is a little bit different. It suits the star graduation cupcakes which are actually a good theme for graduation.

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Pedestals for Graduation Cupcakes

Give your graduation cupcakes a lift with these lovely

They could be used over and over again for a variety of things like holding favors, muffins or pastries or even turn it upside down and make it into an ice-cream holder.

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A Carrier for Your Cupcakes

Now that you have made some amazing graduation cupcakes – how are you going to store them, airtight or transport them to your venue without messing them up. Well the solution is a and again good old ebay to the rescue with a brilliant supply of graduation cupcakes carriers, some holding up to 36 cupcakes. I think the 3 in 1 kind looks like a good investment as it holds 12 standard cupcakes or muffins, 24 minis or a single 9x13 cake so it’s the kind of thing you could use for storing anything airtight.

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Add ebay search for “cupcake carrier”

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Use Cupcakes For Fund Raising

As part of your fund raising activities it can be profitable to make and sell graduation cupcakes. You could make the cupcakes to coincide with special events at the school such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Cake Mixes for Cupcakes

Classic Cupcake Recipe

This is your classic cupcake recipe and they taste fabulous with either a raspberry or a strawberry cream filling.

Makes: Approx 14 to 16 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of all-purpose flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 cup of butter or margarine
• 1 cup of granulated sugar
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions:

1. Place the cases in the cake tin – this helps them to keep their shape.
2. Sieve the flour and salt and leave.
3. Cream the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Gradually beat in the eggs and then add a tablespoon of flour with the last amount.
5. Fold in the remaining flour.
6. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases.

Cooking Temperature: 190 degrees centigrade/375 degrees fahrenheit/ gas mark 5.
Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Everyone loves chocolate cake – and these will be no exception. Why not choose a chocolate filling to double the pleasure.

Makes: Approx 14 to 16 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of all-purpose flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 cup of butter or margarine
• 1 cup of granulated sugar
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• ¾ cup of unsweetened melted chocolate.

Instructions:

1. Place the cases in the cake tin – this helps them to keep their shape.
2. Sieve the flour and salt and leave.
3. Cream the butter or margarine sugar anuntil light and fluffy.
4. Add melted chocolate.
5. Gradually beat in the eggs and then add a tablespoon of flour with the last amount.
6. Fold in the remaining flour.
7. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases.

Cooking Temperature: 190 degrees centigrade/375 degrees fahrenheit/ gas mark 5.
Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.


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Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe

Kids love this one. It’s great with the cream cheese filling.

Makes: Approx 14 to 16 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of all-purpose flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 cup of butter or margarine
• 1 cup of brown sugar
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• ¾ cup peanut butter

Instructions:

1. Place the cases in the cake tin – this helps them to keep their shape.
2. Sieve the flour and salt and leave.
3. Cream the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Gradually beat in the eggs and then add a tablespoon of flour with the last amount.
5. Fold in the remaining flour.
6. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases.

Cooking Temperature: 190 degrees centigrade/375 degrees farenheight/ gas mark 5.
Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.


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Carrot Cupcake Recipe

This is my personal favorite and with a cream cheese filling it is simply divine.

Makes: Approx 14 to 16 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of all-purpose flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 cup of butter or margarine
• 1 cup of granulated sugar
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 4 cups carrots freshly shredded
• ½ cup nuts chopped

Instructions:

1. Place the cases in the cake tin – this helps them to keep their shape.
2. Sieve the flour, cinnamon and salt and leave.
3. Cream the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Gradually beat in the eggs and then add a tablespoon of flour with the last amount.
5. Add the carrots and nuts and mix gently.
6. Fold in the remaining flour.
7. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases.

Cooking Temperature: 190 degrees centigrade/375 degrees fahrenheit/ gas mark 5.
Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.


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Banana Cupcake Recipe

Another yummy recipe and again goes down a treat with the cream cheese filling.

Makes: Approx 14 to 16 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup of all-purpose flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 cup of butter or margarine
• 1 cup of granulated sugar
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 2 ripe bananas mashed
• 3/4 cup sour cream.

Instructions:

1. Place the cases in the cake tin – this helps them to keep their shape.
2. Sieve the flour and salt and leave.
3. Cream the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Gradually beat in the eggs and then add a tablespoon of flour with the last amount.
5. Mix in the mashed banana and sour cream.
6. Fold in the remaining flour.
7. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases.

Cooking Temperature: 190 degrees centigrade/375 degrees farenheight/ gas mark 5.
Cooking Time:
15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.


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Some other cupcake flavor ideas. It won’t be too hard to customize your classic cupcake recipe to include other ingredients like the ones listed below:

• Apple cupcakes
• Chocolate mint cupcakes
• Chocolate orange cupcakes
• Cinnamon cupcakes with a cream cheese filling
• Coconut cupcakes
• Coconut pineapple cupcakes
• Gingerbread cupcakes
• Lemon cupcakes
• Yellow cupcakes with lemon filling
• Mocha cupcakes
• Orange cupcakes
• Pina Colada cupcakes
• Pink Lemonade cupcakes
• Strawberry or Raspberry cupcakes.

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Fillings for Graduation Cupcakes

Now your cupcakes don’t need a filling but it is a lovely unexpected surprise for your guests when they bite into their cupcake and discover one of the delicious fillings below.


Here is how you fill your cupcake:

• Prepare a decorating bag with a smallish tip and add the filling of your choice.
• Insert the tip into the top and center of your cupcake and gently squeeze out a small amount of filling.

Strawberry Cream Filling

This is a very indulgent filling.

Makes: Approx 2 ½ cups full

Ingredients:

• 1 cup heavy cream
• 16oz of strawberries
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions:

1. Cook strawberries, cream and corn starch in a saucepan over a medium heat, whisking constantly until thickened.
2. Remove from heat and chill before filling cupcakes or using as an icing on cupcakes.

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Raspberry Filling

Very fruity!

Makes: Approx 2 cups full.

Ingredients:

• 16 oz raspberries
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 3 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1 cup of water

Instructions:

1. Put raspberries in a bowl.
2. Combine water, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice in a saucepan and heat while stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens.
3. Cool completely.
4. Stir raspberries into cooled mixture and mix well.

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Cream Cheeses Filling

Cream Cheese is perfect for carrot cupcakes—but is just as delicious in apple or banana cupcakes.

Makes: Approx 1 ½ cups full.

Ingredients:

• 8oz cream cheese softened
• ½ cup confectioners' sugar
• ¼ cup milk

Instructions:

Combine cream cheese, sugar, and milk in a bowl and beat until well blended.

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Chocolate Filling

Now nobody will be disappointed with this chocolate filling.

Makes: Approx 1 ½ cups full.

Ingredients:

• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 5 egg yolks
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1 cup half & half
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 3 squares chocolate, finely chopped

Instructions:

1. Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a saucepan and blend in some of the cream.
2. Place on medium heat and stir continuously.
3. Add the rest of the cream and continue stirring for a couple of minutes.
4. Add the egg yolks into the sauce in pan.
5. Cook for a few minutes on low heat until thickened.
6. Remove from heat, add unsweetened chocolate along with the vanilla and leave to cool.

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I hope you have been inspired to create your own cupcakes - Good Luck!

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  • Each cupcake picture must be of a cupcake that you or a family member have made.

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