Normally, to get inspiration to start this post, I would type something like “funny graduation” into a search engine and scroll through the images, gifs and videos.
I have a fabulous sense of humor, but I cannot find anything funny about all of the students around the world who have missed out on the traditional events in their senior year. Their parents are hurting, too.
That’s why there’s that video of a bird getting his dance groove on. Funny.
I am heartened to see so many schools coming up with unique ways to celebrate graduation and make it special for the seniors. Definitely a challenge in these weird times.
If you have a senior in your life, here is a cheerful cupcake you can make to salute them.
Graduation Cap Cupcakes
1 (16.25 oz.) box cake mix prepared (I used red velvet)
24 cupcake liners (your school colors)
2 (16 oz) tubs vanilla icing
1 cup chocolate chips to melt and use as “glue”
24 Ghirardelli squares (I used dark chocolate raspberry)
24 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
24 red M&M’s candies
1 bag Cherry Twizzlers pull ‘n’ peel candy
1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper liners.
2. Prepare cake mix and bake as directed on the box for cupcakes. Set aside to cool completely.
3. Using a piping bag fitted with a 2A round tip, pipe icing onto cooled cupcakes.
4. Pull Twizzlers apart into individual ropes. Cut each rope into 2-inch long pieces. You will need 48 pieces (two for each cap).
5. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips on high for 1 minute then stir until melted. Pour into a small re-sealable plastic bag. Cut a tiny hole in corner of the bag.
6. Unwrap the chocolate squares and peanut butter cups. Place all the peanut butter cups upside-down on two trays. Squeeze a little melted chocolate on top of each peanut butter cup and place a chocolate square on top to create the “cap.”
7. Use a dab of the melted chocolate to attach the M&M candies and Twizzler “tassels” to the top of each “cap”. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes, until the chocolate has set.
8. Top each frosted cupcake with a graduation cap.
Note: If transporting the cupcakes, do not place chocolate caps on top of cupcakes until you arrive as they may slide off while being moved. Instead assemble at your destination.
Makes 24 cupcakes
Recipe from Cooking Mamas
This is a positive and uplifting song by Halifax-based artist Jont. I love his “Possible Challenge” wherein he encouraged others to film their version of his song and send it to him. Very cool.
“All of us together
can change the way
the world works”
Check out Jont on his Website where you can buy the music.