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Graduation Day Mini Cupcakes

Yeah, It’s that time of the year again! Students are graduating from school and moving on to the next stage of their life. I want to especially congratulate all of you who have graduated. I myself have just graduated middle school which is very exciting.

(I’ve added a couple of my middle school promotion pics down towards the end of the post)

For our last week of school, I wanted to make something special since it was also going to be my last week in middle school. Last year, I had made these  graduation day cake pops for a neighbor that turned out to be pretty cute. So I decided to do something similar this year but with cupcakes.

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Graduation Day Cake Pops

Congratulations to all those who are graduating! I myself do not graduate from junior high until next year, but I made these cake pops anyway for our neighbors’ college graduation party.

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I found this cute idea on this blog and decided to try it out.

If you haven’t figured it out already, these cake pops are supposed to look like little blue graduation day hats.

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For the bottom portion of these cake pops, I used cupcake shaped chocolate molds and I filled the mold with blue candy melts and a cake ball in the center. Then I placed a lollipop stick into the center of the cake ball and I let it harden in the freezer. For directions on how to make cake balls, please look below.

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Then for the top part of the hat, I didn’t find any square chocolate molds, so instead I improvised. I placed a square cookie cutter on top of a parchment lined tray and I filled the cutter with the blue candy melts. Then I placed the tray into the freezer until the chocolate hardened. I took the tray out and when I picked the cutter up, the chocolate easily slipped out.

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For decorations, I used a mini yellow M&M and I used an Air Heads Extremes candy for the yellow tail of the hat.

Our neighbors really enjoyed them and I hope you do too!

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Graduation Cake

Last thursday was a very exciting day for me.  I had to make a two layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for my friend’s highschool graduation. He requested an Oreo cake, but because I didn’t have an Oreo cake recipe on hand and I didn’t know if everybody would like it, I made a chocolate cake decorated with Oreos. And I knew everybody would like that because who doesn’t like chocolate? 🙂 For the recipe look below the pictures. 

Below are a couple of pictures:

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Chocolate Cake

Makes 1 8in. Or 9in. Cake

Makes about 15 cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 sticks of organic unsalted butter

1 cup of granulated sugar

4 organic eggs

1 cup of organic all purpose flour

½ cup of Dutch-Processed  cocoa

2 tsp. of baking powder

¼ of a tsp. of kosher sea salt

2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your pan with butter or cooking spray.(Line cupcake liners if making cupcakes)

2.With an electric mixer, beat butter until nice and creamy. Then add sugar mixing well until the mixture is light and fluffy.

3.Then add eggs one at a time beating at medium-high speed.

4.In another medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cocoa, and salt. Whisk until there are no lumps.

5.Add the flour mixture a little bit at a time, beating well after each addition.

6.Finally add the vanilla extract and beat until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

7.Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted into the cake comes out clean.

*Most of the ingredients I use are organic and it makes a big differencein taste for the cake, but you may use non-organic ingredients if you prefer