Monday, May 4, 2009

Candy Cup Caps


Can you guess what I’m going to make with all this stuff?

Candy Cup Caps

Little bitty candy cup graduation caps. That’s what.

I don’t even know anyone that’s graduating this year. But, because so many of you asked… here they are and hope you like…

Rainbow Candy

Airheads Extremes Rainbow Berry Sweetly Sour Belts! Ummm… Can you say mouthful? When I found these in the candy aisle at the drug store, I had to grab them. I knew I could find something fun to do with them.

Rainbow Candy Belts

And besides… they’re just plain pretty!

Rainbow Candy

These were definitely the inspiration for the graduation caps. They make perfect tassles and give you color choices at the same time. Just cut apart each color strip with a knife.


Now, grab a bag of miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups. But, before you unwrap them, stick them in the freezer for a few minutes. It will make it easier to remove the wrapper and keep the sides looking pretty when you do.


If you remove the wrappers while the candies are room temperature, the sides sometimes come off with the wrapper like this. But that’s okay, because these rejects taste good.


After you unwrap them, place all the cups on a sheet of wax paper and let them get back to room temperature. When the chill is gone, dip the end of your lollipop stick in some melted candy coating and carefully insert into the candy cups. If they are too cold, the cups will split apart. Just insert the sticks about halfway and let dry.


Now, work on the tops. I used these small Godiva chocolate squares. They aren’t the cheapest little things, but the proportions were perfect and because they were individually wrapped, the edges were clean. I found them at a store called the World Market a while ago. Just draw a thin line of candy coating on top with a toothpick and glue on a short piece of the candy belt and a rainbow chip sprinkle in the same color to match.

Candy Cup Caps

When the tops are dry, glue them on the candy cups using some more of the candy coating and insert into a styrofoam block to finish drying.


But, wait a minute. What if you don’t want brown graduation caps?

Or maybe you’re just dying to do the whole cake pop thing. Well, you’re in luck.

Graduation Cake Pops

Grab some colored candy melts and get your hands on one of these square candy molds.

Pour some melted candy coating in each square and then drop it on the counter several times to flatten/smooth out the chocolate. Put them in the freezer for a few minutes and it will be easier to pop them out of the molds.

Graduation Cake Pops

You can also use one of these medium size candy cup molds. I’ve shown them before with the Cake Bite Method. Just fill the bottom of the cup with some melted candy. Place small, chilled cake ball shapes (smaller than the width of the mold) and push them into the candy coating until the coating inches up the sides. That one on the right is how they look for the Cake Bite Method, but for these they should be almost flush with the height of the molds.

Graduation Cake Pops

Then, cover the exposed areas with more melted candy coating. When covered, insert lollipop sticks about halfway in. By the way, using chilled cake balls here helps the sticks stand up straight when you insert them. Then place these in the freezer for a few minutes and when dry, they’ll pop out relatively easy. Don’t try to pull them out by the sticks, though. Push them out by pressing on the mold underneath.

Then, you can glue everything on. Instead of rainbow chip sprinkles, use a mini-size m&m because these hats are larger in size than the Reese’s version.

Graduation Cake Pops

And there you have it… Colored Candy Covered Cake Ball Caps!

P.S. If you can’t find Airheads Extremes Rainbow Berry Sour Belts, then try pull apart Twizzlers. They are bigger and round, but if you cut them in half, I think you can glue them, flat side down.

Candy Cup Caps

Anonymous said...

These are such a good idea; I especially like the blue ones! I’m graduating this year, which gives me an excuse to make them…

May 4, 2009 02:19 AM
ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Oh! Clever! Clever! Cute and CLEVER!!!

Bakerella, you are queen! Thanks for another FABU idea!

May 4, 2009 02:20 AM
Kate said...

I find myself just amazed at the way you take an ordinary piece of candy and make it something just wonderful! I think I may steal this idea for a preschool graduation!

May 4, 2009 02:21 AM
Angie said...

That’s a great idea! I kind of wish I was graduating or knew someone who was.

Btw…World Market is fantabulous. Go there and go often.

May 4, 2009 02:25 AM
Nikki said...

HOW do you come up with all this stuff?!? Another beyond creative idea!

May 4, 2009 02:26 AM
Baking and Mistaking said...

So cute!
I’m graduating next year…will you make me some then?

May 4, 2009 02:31 AM
sassymo said...

My jaw is still on the floor…WOW. You are so creative! This would be so much fun for a graduation party!

May 4, 2009 02:34 AM
Hannah said...

You are so creative! I just love these!

May 4, 2009 02:38 AM
CaressaRenae said...

I’m obsessed with your site … LOVE it! Thanks for posting.

May 4, 2009 02:41 AM
Amber said...

I’ve seen the Reese cup ones around, but I especially love your cake ball version! I love that they are colored and can be made in the colors of the graduates school! Very cute!

May 4, 2009 02:43 AM
kbloems27 said...

I am so going to make these for my daughters kindergarten graduation!! I made the cupcake pops for her birthday treat and they were such a hit, these will be even better!!! Thanks!!

May 4, 2009 02:43 AM
Kathleen said...

These are just too cute!!! LOVE THEM—I have a senior next year—I will have to keep these in mind~

May 4, 2009 02:45 AM
Mermaid Sweets said...

Wow, outstanding, you did it again. If I knew a graduate I would make these.

May 4, 2009 02:47 AM
Amanda said...

I’ve been planning to make these for a while, but I hadn’t even thought about the cake pop version. This just gives me more options! :)

May 4, 2009 02:59 AM
Dione said...

One of these days I’m gonna make one of your darling creations!

May 4, 2009 03:00 AM
kaydensgracedesigns said...

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May 4, 2009 03:06 AM
Melanie said...

These are just adorable! I’ll definitely be giving these a shot someday!

May 4, 2009 03:07 AM
MommaMindy said...

Adorable graduation caps! Thanks for the cute idea.

I love using the Airheads belts for scarves for snowmen. I dip Nutter Butters in white chocolate, use mini chocolate chips and mini m&m's for details.

May 4, 2009 03:15 AM
Sally said...

These are so cute! Unfortunately i dont know anyone that is graduating this year.. But i could definitely use them next year! Thanks for the awesome ideas! =D

May 4, 2009 03:23 AM
Elissa said...

Oh my gosh! Your creativity never fails to shock me! I’m still kind of speechless. Wow.

May 4, 2009 03:23 AM
joanh said...

awesome!! i am constantly amazed by the ideas you come up with too!

May 4, 2009 03:25 AM
iridescent jellybean said...

Haha, that is awesome.
In approx 2 hours I was going to go home and do THIS EXACT thing for my sisters graduation. And then I check my google reader and see your. Brilliant. Because I live in New Zealand we dont have the lollie range that you do, so have had to substitute a few things, but the mini-m&ms were on my list.
You rock!

May 4, 2009 03:34 AM
Stampmouse said...

so very clever I could have used this last year

May 4, 2009 03:36 AM
LaDue & Crew said...

YEAH! I am so excited! I was wondering what to do for my sons graduation, and then saw you made this in brown. Wondering how to make them in my sons school colors, scrolled down a bit, and you had them in blue, his colors~ YOU ROCK!

May 4, 2009 03:40 AM
Tara said...

OOOH! Thanks so much, Bakerella! I was so excited when I saw this post :) This will come in so handy at my brother’s grad party in a few weeks :)

May 4, 2009 03:42 AM
joro said...

Sorry abt deleting the last post forgot to proof it….Thanks so much for making these. My dtr grads in 3 wks and I needed something fun.this is perfect….Jo

May 4, 2009 03:46 AM
Bre said...

Oh my goodness how cute!!!!

May 4, 2009 03:53 AM
Kerstin said...

They’re SO cute! I can’t believe how creative you are!

May 4, 2009 03:55 AM
Lindsay said...

I wish knew someone who was graduating. There are so cute. Maybe I’ll make them for my daughters class as they will be “graduating” to 4th grade next year.

May 4, 2009 03:57 AM
The O'Neils said...

AHHH these are SOO cute. I’m throwing a surprise party for my hubby’s graduation from law school and these look so fun!!! I know I’m already going to make red, white, and blue cake balls (his school colors) but these caps look awesome too!!! Now off to find all the ingredients!!

May 4, 2009 03:57 AM
Anonymous said...

you’re a genius!
greetings from Brazil.

May 4, 2009 04:09 AM
Memória said...

I have to admit that these are really cool! Thanks for the photos and explanations of both varieties!

May 4, 2009 04:18 AM
Tristan's Mom said...

LOVE these!! I may just have to make them for my niece, who graduates this year! :D

May 4, 2009 04:45 AM
Elyse said...

I love these. My sister is graduating this year from high school, and I can’t wait to make these for her. They’re absolutely fabulous!

May 4, 2009 04:54 AM
Snooky doodle said...

awesome :)

May 4, 2009 04:57 AM
Didi said...

you’re a freaking genius!!!

May 4, 2009 05:19 AM
siin said...

That is such a cute idea!

May 4, 2009 05:59 AM
Anonymous said...

thats so cute… never would have thought of that…

May 4, 2009 06:17 AM
Wendy said...

These are so cute! I’m bookmarking them and definently going to make them next year when I graduate :)

May 4, 2009 07:06 AM
Tucker, Jess, and Brian said...

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again … I get so excited when I get an email alerting me of a new blog entry from you!! You are seriously the most creative person I have ever “met” (in quotes because I have only met you through your blog and Martha appearance)! Fabulous idea! I am graduating from nursing school next March, and you can bet I will be making these for my schoolmates! :)

May 4, 2009 07:13 AM
morgana said...

What can I say??? You’re amazing.

Your creativity has no limits.

May 4, 2009 07:20 AM
Anonymous said...

love them. got to make some.

May 4, 2009 08:03 AM
Anonymous said...

i am graduating this thursday, and your candy cup caps definetly give me a idea of what to give to my ex classmates as a gift! thanks!

May 4, 2009 09:14 AM
Omara from the UK said...


May 4, 2009 09:28 AM
lacocinadeile said...

Impecable!!! Wonderfull

May 4, 2009 09:41 AM
Juliet said...

Bakerella, you are a legend!
Just where do these ideas all spring from??/!!!??
Let’s hope I remember these in 4 years when my oldest daughters graduate!!

May 4, 2009 09:42 AM
Nichole said...

OMG these are so perfect! My fiance graduates from college this may! So perfect! THANK YOU!!!!

May 4, 2009 10:16 AM
Leanne Stamatellos said...

you are simply incredible!

you leave me speechless – wow!

I have a challenge for you – something LEGO ? My son is about to have his 6th birthday at LEGOLAND and is infatuated – any thoughts? He loves Star Wars Lego to make it even trickier.

May 4, 2009 10:20 AM
Helen said...

I’m graduating this year! I would so make these is reeses peanut butter cups were more available in England :(

May 4, 2009 10:38 AM
Yvette Adams said...

You are just too clever! How do you come up with all these brilliant ideas?! You are truly one of a kind! :D

May 4, 2009 11:27 AM
Southern Gal said...

LOVE this! My son is graduating from high school (two weeks after my daughter gets married). The colors are gold and black. I think I’ll make the Reese’s ones and paint the cups black. That should be just about right.

May 4, 2009 11:32 AM
Libby said...

Bakerella saves the day. I just spent the weekend trying to think of what kind of cake balls I could make for a graduation party, and you come through with a clever and adorable solution.

Thank you for sharing your creativity!

May 4, 2009 11:55 AM
Megan said...

My daughter is graduating from 8th grade and these would be perfect to make. LOVE IT!!!

May 4, 2009 11:57 AM
TAmmy said...

What a great idea! I might just have to make these for my sons kindergarten graduation!

May 4, 2009 12:03 PM
TheGourmetGirl said...

Fabulous idea and easy. If you don’t have time to make the mortar boards, you could buy ’tiles’ from several gourmet chocolate companies.
This would be great to make with kids and they can give to their friends.

May 4, 2009 12:07 PM
Roger Newswanger said...

Hello Everyone,
My name is Roger From Albany,GA
I just wanted to say you could also use Twizzlers rainbow pull a parts as well. I’m very new to all of this so I hope to get to know Everyone, Cheers

May 4, 2009 12:09 PM
Melinda said...

I saw the peanut butter cup ones just the other day. Done nowhere near as well as yours. They left the wrappers on…EW!

I have a graduate. I have lollipop sticks. I don’t have either of those chocolate molds, but I may have to do this.

May 4, 2009 12:10 PM
bigSIS said...

Woo hoo. i love making the cake balls and I may just have to do this one…too cute! I love ’em!

May 4, 2009 12:15 PM
StuffCooksWant said...

Your creativity is astounding! Wish I had a graduate. But, i DO have a friend’s graduate. I could make these for her. If I were nice. Thanks for the idea!

May 4, 2009 12:28 PM
Prissy said...

Thank you! I knew that you would come up with something just wonderful that I could borrow for graduation. My “baby” is graduating from high school and he’s been wondering what special thing I’m going to make for the event. Although he acts like he doesn’t really care, I know better. Thank you for all your cute ideas.

May 4, 2009 12:41 PM
Emily said...

Yet another great idea! Awesome, now I wish I knew some people who were graduating.. ;)

May 4, 2009 12:58 PM
WishTrish said...

So cute!!! I wish I had seen these last week before preschool graduation. Oh, well… I’ll remember them for next time!

May 4, 2009 01:05 PM
Kara said...

I can’t stand it!! You are the most creative person ever… plus then you take adorable pictures of cute little candy creations. Just amazing.

May 4, 2009 01:06 PM
Su-yin said...

These are brilliant! I love how creative you are! :)

May 4, 2009 01:08 PM
Adrienne said...

I am graduating from MHCC this year!! These are super awesome!!

May 4, 2009 01:16 PM
shelby said...

Aww, how cute! I wish I could get something like this for my graduation next year =)

May 4, 2009 01:18 PM
GSal said...

You probably want to delete the May 3, 2009 comment in Chinese since it is related to porn.

May 4, 2009 02:00 PM
Leia said...

those are so cute! I might have to make some of those for my grad party. hmmmm how to tie those inot a luau themed party?

May 4, 2009 02:16 PM
Liesl said...

HOW CUTE!!!! What a great idea!

May 4, 2009 02:52 PM
The Tieman Family said...

You’re so creative! I love seeing (and copying) your ideas

May 4, 2009 02:53 PM
Mixing Bowl Mama said...

So Smart! I love these…like all of your other creations.

May 4, 2009 02:53 PM
Abby said...

Darn. it. I’ve been trying with all my might to avoid making any of your goodies but this time…I just have to do it. My son is graduating this spring and these will be SOOOO cute!

May 4, 2009 02:57 PM
Margo said...

My “baby” is graduating from high school, and her party is 5/30. These are so cool-looking, and something even her decorating-challenged mom can pull off. Thanks!

May 4, 2009 03:02 PM
Mistryl said...

LOVE the graduation pops! I wanted to try something different for my daughter’s preschool class as a sweet treat and these may be the thing. I won’t be using Godiva on 3 yr olds, but I do have the molds to make the pops :) Thanks for your amazing ideas and clever use for all these candies :)

May 4, 2009 03:31 PM
Kelly said...

I am amazed by your creativity! These look so cute, clever, and yummy! Isn’t it amazing how much fun you can have with chocolate? Thanks for sharing.

Mistryl – a good alternative might be to use Dove Chocolates instead. Check out

May 4, 2009 03:50 PM
Sugar Fiend said...

SUPER HAPPY. I work at Godiva. :D I would totally make these for my brother who’s graduating this month, but… I’ll be in Japan! *gasp* These are super cute.

May 4, 2009 03:53 PM
The Lawlor's said...

K, YOU ARE AMAZING! It almost makes me sick! haha

The graduation hats are SO cute and very creative. and they look super easy.

Keep up the good work!

May 4, 2009 04:04 PM
AVinNYC said...

These are just adorable- I wish I knew someone who was graduating! Thank you for sharing all of your insights on your amazing projects- your tips and photos eliminate a lot of my potential mistakes! :)

May 4, 2009 04:12 PM
Bridget said...

You ARE brilliant! You know that, right?!?

May 4, 2009 04:28 PM
..Karen.. said...

That is so cute!

May 4, 2009 04:29 PM
Really Rainey said...

SO cute… Yes it sure is amazing what you come up with… And easy, I could do these!

~Really Rainey~

May 4, 2009 04:33 PM
Dishin And Dishes said...

Oh good grief! I have to make these now – my daughter is graduating! SO cute!

May 4, 2009 04:50 PM
sweeties said...

I love the hand made version -I’m a cheapskate!

May 4, 2009 05:10 PM
Katie said...

I had seen this idea somewhere else as well and was planning to make them for my husband’s graduation next week. Thank you so much for featuring it though! You are much more detailed and creative. I hadn’t thought of using the airheads extreme for the tassels!

May 4, 2009 05:29 PM
ReminisceHeirlooms said...

You never cease to amaze me! These are fabulous!

May 4, 2009 05:51 PM
oneshotbeyond said...

the talent you have is AMAZING!

May 4, 2009 06:06 PM
kms said...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I do have on ’09 graduate (my one and only) and have been looking for great party yummies.

Thanks for ALL the inspiration.

May 4, 2009 06:07 PM
Simply BB said...

My youngest son and his girlfriend are graduating this year. What a great idea that I could try to do for them.
Thanks for sharing this one too!
Love the Mom’s day ones too!

May 4, 2009 06:11 PM
Shirley said...

too stinking cute!

May 4, 2009 06:15 PM
Madeleine said...

I’m graduating college on Sunday, and I have to tell you, this was so cute and made me smile. Totally made my day!

May 4, 2009 06:19 PM
Stephanie said...

Ha ha, these are perfect!

…actually, too perfect. Is it sad that brown and yellow really are my school colors, so the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup method is a-ok? Yeah… and don’t even get me started on our school mascot!

May 4, 2009 06:30 PM
Tracy (Oklahoma) said...

These are awesome!!! My baby girl graduates May 22 and we are having a huge party for her. She and I are going to make these and we are very excited about it! You are so creative, thank you for sharing all of your great talents with the rest of us!!

May 4, 2009 07:30 PM
Priscilla said...

Wow, I love these. I am graduating from high school this month. I may try these for my graduation party….do you know how I could keep them from melting before the party starts?

May 4, 2009 07:34 PM
Jess said...

Me! Me me me! I am graduating! Adorable!

May 4, 2009 08:18 PM
ODD imagination said...

I am just going to call you the Assemblage Goddess of sweets! Instead of old stuff combining to make new stuff you take sweet stuff and combine them to make Neat Sweet Eat Stuff!

May 4, 2009 08:20 PM
Laura said...

GET OUT! You simply amaze me. I’m totally making these for the kindergarten graduation picnic. Thanks so much for sharing!

May 4, 2009 08:22 PM
Marlene said...

How do you come up with these ideas? So creative, so cute and so easy! Keep the ideas coming, I LOVE them.

May 4, 2009 09:16 PM
Mindy said...

I am so making these for my ds kindy graduation. Thanks for the inspiration, it all starts with a FANTASTIC idea!!!!

May 4, 2009 09:19 PM
lyzzie said...

Hi, tanks for the send, so cute
Its a Great IDEA

salutes from Monclova Coahuila Mexico

May 4, 2009 09:26 PM
Mandi said...

I’m calling my son’s preschool *right now* to find out how many I can make for preschool graduation! Thank you for the fantastic idea!

May 4, 2009 09:39 PM
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