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Graduation Cap Cupcake Topper Tutorial

Graduation Cap Cupcake Topper Tutorial

Graduation is right around the corner, and these edible graduation cap toppers are sure to put a smile on any grad’s face! These graduation cap toppers come together with three easy ingredients, and they are so easy to make. I love sticking them on top of cupcakes, but they would work great on many desserts!

graduation cupcake topper

What You’ll Need

Here is a list of everything you will need to create these cute toppers:

  • Ghirardelli chocolate squares (I like using dark chocolate ones so the color is closer to black)
  • Peanut butter cups
  • colored buttercream in a piping bag. This is a fun spot to add a custom touch. You can make the tassel in your grad’s favorite color, or in their school color! (you can either cut a very small hole on the end of the bag, or fit the bag with a piping tip. I use a Wilton #1 tip)

Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers


Step #1: Unwrap your chocolate pieces. 

Step #2: put a pea size amount of buttercream in the center of your peanut butter cup on the smaller of the two ends. 

Step #3: Press your chocolate square down onto the buttercream, with the side with the logo side down. 

Step #4: Using your piping bag, start from the center of the top of your hat and drag a strip of the buttercream out and over the edge of the square. Repeat this step until you have your desired amount of strands. 

Step #5: Lastly, squeeze a dollop of buttercream over the starting point of your strands, and you are good to go! Place these on top of a frosted cupcake, or on any dessert of your choosing!

See, it’s that easy! Be sure to head over to instagram @tinybirdbakeshop to view the video tutorial and feel free to comment any questions you have!

Happy baking!





Baker & Owner at Tiny Bird Bakeshop
Ashley has contributed 15 articles on since December 18, 2023.