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

agoodbuild said...

AGH! is there anything you cant think of?! These are great!

May 4, 2009 09:48 PM
alison Lewis said...

My niece and nephew are graduating this year from high school and I am making these! Great job as usual! Best, Alison

May 4, 2009 10:35 PM
Stephanie said...

These are AWESOME! I’m going to have to make a whole bunch for my big graduation party coming up!

(and then think about becoming a real person and, you know, get a job. :P)

May 4, 2009 11:13 PM
Mary~Momathon said...

These are great! I am graduating from college and my daughter is graduating from high school. These are going to be great at our party! Thanks!!!

May 4, 2009 11:51 PM
Bakerella said...

Wow. I didn’t expect so many comments for this one. Not everyone has a greaduate in waiting. I’m glad you like them.

Thanks for all the sweet words. Now for some answers…

Lynn Osborne – about 1 inch to 1.25 inches

Deric – Are your balls chilled when you dip? also, make sure the chocolate is thin enough and your bowl is deep enough to dip and remove in one motion. You can add shortening to help thin it out.

Andi Anderson – fantastic!

Lynette – I hope I get to go back sometime. It was a blast.

alison Lewis – Thanks!!! Hope all is well.

Nightngale – probably, but that would me too many more steps for me.

Ashley – Love it! great ideas.

Sue Schmidt – yes

Ashley in Oregon – I think it has something to do with the temperature of the balls being too cold and then dipping into chocolate that is too hot. Also, try rolling them less compactly.
You can always re-dip if you need to and the cupcake pops never crack.

jaredsmom07 – apples?

Amanda – Americolor Brand works best for me.

bigSIS – really cute

May 4, 2009 11:56 PM
Jamie said...


May 5, 2009 12:46 AM
thereddeer said...


May 5, 2009 12:54 AM
Anna said...

I’ve been lurking around your site for a while admiring your super cute work. These are brilliant!

May 5, 2009 01:06 AM
Kim said...

These are so cute I almost wish I had a graduate.

May 5, 2009 01:29 AM
Vanessa Tuau said...

I am in LOVE with American candy – I wish we had those peanut butter cups here in Australia….or perhaps it’s good we don’t!

Gorgeous as always:)

May 5, 2009 02:25 AM
Anonymous said...

These are so dang cute! I have 10 kids graduating this year between my niece, youth church group and my sons older school friends. This will be a blast to give along with the standard card!

May 5, 2009 03:11 AM
made sweet said...

too amazing!!!

May 5, 2009 03:27 AM
Lauren said...

Haha you crack me up! These are awesome. Very creative idea :)

May 5, 2009 04:29 AM
Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Great idea!! So cute! My Niece is graduating, I’ll FWD this link in Facebook!

I LOVE World Market! I walked by ours today! Yes only walked by…

May 5, 2009 05:16 AM
Juliet said...

You’re killing me with all the cuteness here!

May 5, 2009 06:40 AM
bakmammorna said...

That is soooo adorable! it makes me sad that we don´t have these hats for graduation in sweden, i would love to make them.

May 5, 2009 10:14 AM
Maya said...

I have a few interns graduating in the next few weeks and this is a life saver!!!!!!

May 5, 2009 11:45 AM
Julia @ Mélanger said...

STOP IT. STOP IT!!!! These are too cute. Too creative. :)

May 5, 2009 12:18 PM
Cakedreamer said...

This is EXACTLY what I was hoping you would do this month! YAY! I’m doing a graduation cake for my brother’s law school graduation and I want to give the fondant Gator (he’s a UF man) a grad cap! This is PERFECT! Thanks SO much!

May 5, 2009 01:14 PM
Erin said...

This is creatively awesome!

May 5, 2009 01:38 PM
Christy in NC said...

You are so creative! I just love your site!

May 5, 2009 02:04 PM
miss shortcake said...

I am SO going to make these for my husband’s Master’s grad in October! Thank you!

May 5, 2009 02:14 PM
CaSaundraLeigh said...

My grad party is coming up in about a month and these will be such a fun addition! Thanks. (BTW, what could I use besides the Godiva chocolate bars, since I am going to have to make a bunch and you mentioned there expensive! Thanks)

May 5, 2009 03:08 PM
Winter said...

Seriously cute! You’re so creative!

Hey, while I’m here, I was just wondering if you had a recipe for “better than sex cake?” I half-thought maybe you’d posted one a while back, but I might just be crazy… so I thought I’d at least ask!

May 5, 2009 03:40 PM
Susan said...

I will be making these in Red for my son who is graduating this year!

May 5, 2009 03:50 PM
the ungourmet said...

Darling idea!

May 5, 2009 05:05 PM
Raychel said...

Very cute! You always have the best ideas! Maybe one day i’ll be as clever as you : )

May 5, 2009 05:47 PM
Beach Bum said...

You are an absolute genius!!! LOVE it!

May 5, 2009 08:20 PM
ivgotahalo said...

I love these! I’m going out now to make them for my student teacher who is graduating soon! So CUte!! Thanks!

May 5, 2009 09:09 PM
Cookin' Canuck said...

Adorable as always! You are so incredibly creative!

May 5, 2009 09:16 PM
Penelope Walker said...

These are terrific! I just linked to your post in the MyPunchbowl blog about graduation party planning and free invitations.

May 5, 2009 09:34 PM
LisaB said...

Adorable! Thanks for coming up with something so cute and clever. My daughter is graduating from Kindergarten and this would be the perfect little favor to make for each student in her class.

Also, thanks for the square mold idea. Much cheaper than your chocolate GODIVA squares! I do love Godiva!!

You’re a creative genius!

May 5, 2009 10:55 PM
Little Chickadee said...

Could you dip the Reese’s cups in the candy coating or would that not work? Would the candy coating end up negating the purty little ridges?

May 5, 2009 10:59 PM
SPfork said...

and easy ^^ I'm so happy you made these<3
thank you so much.

May 5, 2009 11:29 PM
Maritza said...

Super cute! These are too good! My niece is graduating this year so I will have to make her some of these.

P.S. – Got any baby shower ideas?

May 5, 2009 11:33 PM
dustin and colleen said...

I just wanted to let you know I adore your ideas!! I just finished my first batch of cake pops last week, and they were definitely a hit! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us all!

Blessings, Colleen

May 6, 2009 12:18 AM
Baking Monster said...

I was looking for a idea to give to my class mates these are the best!im the class of 2009!

May 6, 2009 01:22 AM
Natalie said...

I’m graduating this year!! Those are great!

May 6, 2009 02:26 AM
loverspond said...

Those are lovely!! I wish this idea had come last year so I could have made them for my graduation party, but no fear… university graduation is around the corner! Thanks Bakerella, this is FABULOUS!

May 6, 2009 04:11 AM
CookieMonster said...

I love it! You are such an inspiration!

Now, if only I had a grad to give these to…

May 6, 2009 12:01 PM
shirl said...

Awesome! I will attempt to make these. Thank you!

May 6, 2009 04:08 PM
Rachel (joliejolie) said...

those are amazing!!

May 6, 2009 05:21 PM
The Gomes Family said...

You are so talented, you need to open up your own store!

May 6, 2009 06:15 PM
Mara (The Wedding Cabaret) said...


May 6, 2009 06:58 PM
Pat said...

These are wonderful. Thank you! I am going to make these for my daughters graduation next week!

Your site is amazing!

May 6, 2009 07:32 PM
Jessica said...

This is A-MAZING!!! I can’t wait to try these out…and eat them too.

May 6, 2009 07:43 PM
The Martone Memories said...

I posted a comment earlier and now I can’t find it! Ugh!

Bakerella, I am obsessed with these cake balls. I love making them. Any ideas on ones that look like yarn balls with needles? I have a few but was wondering if your creative mind had any ideas!

May 6, 2009 07:52 PM
kissing cupcakes said...

wonderful idea – i love it :) you’re so creative, it’s almost disgusting! haha.

May 6, 2009 07:52 PM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Those look so cool and so simple – love them!!

May 6, 2009 08:34 PM
Susan said...

I was wondering if you have made any circus themed cake pops? Your pops are to die for cute!

May 6, 2009 10:11 PM
SPEAKeasy said...

have any ideas for nursing? I’m almost done with the nursing program and would love to make some nurse themed presents….

May 6, 2009 10:15 PM
Anthonette said...


May 7, 2009 12:33 AM
Robin ~ Linton Cottage said...

Too cute!!


May 7, 2009 12:35 AM
Bakerella said...

CaSaundraLeigh – Just look for other individually wrapped chocolate squares or use the molds.

Winter – Sorry, I don’t but wish I did

Little Chickadee – the ridges would definitely lose their definition, but you could press them in a larger cup mold filled with chocolate like I did with the cake balls.

Maritza – baby heads :) with candy necklace pieces for pacifiers

Susan – yes, I’ll show some one day soon.

SPEAKeasy – what about first aid symbols on white pops.

May 7, 2009 02:25 AM
heddomarie said...

those are so fun!! You always have such great ideas! I don’t know if you read all of your comments.. but my sons birthday is coming up and I was thinking I wanted to do something fun that was dump truck themed. Any ideas? Your awesome!

May 7, 2009 02:38 AM
Heather and AD said...

How you come up with these things is beyond me! Amazing!

May 7, 2009 03:53 AM
Angela Henrie said...

You so get an A plus, plus, plus on this one!

May 7, 2009 03:40 PM
Liz Wilcken said...

This will be so perfect for my hubby’s graduation in April (next year)! You are sooo clever!

K, so I was looking at crafts online and saw these cute reusable cupcake serving cups, and thought of you!

May 7, 2009 06:29 PM
Fields of Gold said...

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE your blog!!! Yay!!!

May 7, 2009 06:32 PM
2 Little Irish Boys said...

I am gonna try to make some whale shaped cake pops for favors for my son’s first birthday! Can you give me some ideas on decorating the whale–course I will make ‘em blue–Help!!!

May 7, 2009 06:41 PM
Laurie said...

LOVE!!! Too cute and clever! I wish I had someone graduating so I could make them

May 7, 2009 08:18 PM
Mi ch ele said...

i LOVE this idea! amazing and awesome! :o)

May 7, 2009 11:29 PM
Erin said...

These are amazing! I work at a private school with a very small graduating class and this would be perfect for our ceremony! I made the classic cakepops for a baby shower at work and they were a big hit, and I think these would go over VERY well too! Thanks for the idea! :-)

May 7, 2009 11:41 PM
Cakespy said...

These are freaking adorable. Aaaand, Mr. CakeSpy’s sister is just about to graduate high school! Looks like I just found an awesome way to impress the in-laws. :-)

May 8, 2009 05:32 AM

OMG. These are frikkin’ genius!

Nice play of creativity!

May 8, 2009 06:25 AM
166 said...

Amazing Idea – may I share it on my blog with a link to your and of course all credit!!!

May 8, 2009 11:40 AM
Spruce Hill said...

Oh my goodness those are so cute!

May 8, 2009 12:37 PM
Seanna Lea said...

These are super cute. One of my friends is graduating law school soon, so these would be perfect for her. I’d rather do the ones with the molds, but I love the speed with the candy pieces. I think it would work well with Rolos too (one of my friends is allergic to peanuts).

May 8, 2009 02:56 PM
Lindsey said...

These are adorable. If I didn’t have to drive from Boston to Vermont for my brother’s graduation, I would totally make some for him…

May 8, 2009 08:34 PM
Margeaux said...

These are so cute!
Do you think you could publish some photos of your lightbox/photography set-up sometime? Your pics always look so fresh and bright :)

May 9, 2009 01:46 AM
Holly said...

girl you are just amazing!!! have you done any sugar cookies painted w/royal icing yet? i would love to see what you create!

May 9, 2009 02:26 AM
Lina said...

Hi Bakerella!!! I love your blog and your cakes…all of them! they look so good! Just wanted to say that maybe you should put a logo or your name on your pictures, to avoid people using them without putting credit to you.

May 9, 2009 02:08 PM
Erin said...

Wow! I love these! I’m actually graduating from college next Saturday, the 16th and might try my hand at these for my party. Thanks for the great idea!

May 9, 2009 02:44 PM
The Bennett's said...

You are so creative! I love your website!

May 9, 2009 07:14 PM
Susan Jones said...

Way cute. I made my first cake pops this week. One friend described them as “heaven on a stick.” Thought you would like to know.

May 9, 2009 11:50 PM
PetalsYoga said...

You are so amazing! Thanks for these, can’t wait to make them for my daughter’s “graduation” from 4th grade!


May 10, 2009 06:22 PM
asoom said...

Love the idea!

May 10, 2009 10:39 PM
Cara said...

Wow, I love the surprise ending…real cake pops. I didn’t see it coming! Fantastic as always.

May 11, 2009 02:26 AM
Bakerella said...

Holly – Here ya go

Susan Jones – Thanks… I do like knowing.

Cara – just keepin you on your feet.

May 11, 2009 02:29 AM
Double Dipped Sweets said...

You are incredible!!

BTW..please contact me…someone is using your photos to represent their work. From one foodie to another!


May 11, 2009 03:25 AM
Anonymous said...

I LOVE these!

Home Fries

May 11, 2009 02:34 PM
anna cole said...

I love all of your creations!
i would love to dabble in it, but its way to expensvive! but just looking at the stuff you make, makes me twist my hand and wonder what i can do to twike it!
keep up the post, they are inspirational!!!

May 11, 2009 04:54 PM
Cawmaster said...

Bakerella you make such beautiful adorable things.

Wedding season is coming up and I’ve been wracking my brains over homemade favors to cut the prices. When I stumpled upon your blog, I thought: “cake pops!”

But just circular ones won’t cut it, the problem is I lack the imagination that you have, and the ability to think of things that are easy and simple, yet look complicated and beautiful.

I’ve perused completely through your blog and nothing wedding-ey stands out. Could you come up with some wedding pops if you can?

May 11, 2009 11:26 PM
Debbie said...

Thank you for this idea…my daughter just graduated from the University of Central Florida and I made these for her and her roommate… they loved them and posted them on Facebook!

May 12, 2009 12:40 AM
Amber said...

These are so cute, you always come up with the best ideas!! So I have a question for you, do you happen to have any cute ideas for bridal shower cupcakes? I have been put in charge of making them and I just can’t come up with anything cute. I did you beach scene once with the teddy grams and they were big hits and I did the popcorn from the “hello cupcake” book. And now I just can’t find anyhting, any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Amber blog is

May 12, 2009 02:25 AM
Jeanne Selep said...

These are great! I am glad I found your blog!

May 12, 2009 05:32 AM
emy said...

This is just so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

May 12, 2009 10:17 AM
ROYALTY said...

I made these for my neice this past weekend, I honestly thought she was going to faint she was so excited…. thanks for the great ideas!


May 12, 2009 07:53 PM
It's a Long shot said...

Hi! First let me say I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your creative, not to mention just plain yummy ideas! I think I gain a few pounds every time I log on! I have a question though… I just tried cakepops for the first time, apple shaped for my son’s preschool teacher’s (teacher appreciation week) I had a problem with the candy coating it seemed really hard to tap off the excess. It seemed like the coating went on really thick. Also once the candy coating dried it cracked all over!!! Any ideas what went wrong, or any special trick you have to getting it so smooth? Thanks! You can see them at

May 12, 2009 11:28 PM
Marietta said...

Could we use Ghirardelli chocolates for the tops of the grad caps, too?


May 13, 2009 01:01 AM
Bakerella said...

It’s a Long shot – if it’s too thick, you can thin it with shortening. If they crack, try re-dipping.

Marietta – sure. they are just thicker squares.

May 13, 2009 02:23 AM
Jaime said...

What exactly is melted candy coating? Like just melting chocolate bark? I really want to make these for my sons preschool graduation tomorrow, but not sure exactly what this is that will hold it all together. And what is the little ball on top that is holding the tassle?

May 13, 2009 06:14 PM
Skerlie Bee said...

Thanks for the tip! I’ve got a cousin graduating this year who would TOTALLY appreciate these (and fully recognize the work it takes to make soemthing like this go down…..). I’ll be making some for the first time!

May 13, 2009 08:14 PM
Christina said...

you so just completed my dessert table for the graduation party…it may be a preschool graduation…but graduation nonetheless…and these cute candy cup hats? the kids will go crazy! thanks for the GREAT idea!

May 13, 2009 10:02 PM
Glitzer said...

I totally love this idea! Brilliant! I love the combination of Reese buttercup and Godiva! Yummy!

May 13, 2009 10:49 PM
Offspringchick said...

I wanna make these things for my boyfriend who’s graduating from university this Saturday. (should make a mini celebration for him.)I’m sure he’d love them (they’re candy)

May 13, 2009 11:45 PM
pam said...

I am such a fan! I love your work and am inspired to be more creative in the kitchen!

May 14, 2009 02:08 AM
Camilla said...

Sheer brilliance!!! Love your blog, and am goign to make these for my nephew this weekend!

Camilla :)

May 14, 2009 02:56 PM
Sherry said...

Thank you for the GREAT idea. I made the caps for my daughters pre-k graduation ceremony. Everyone loved them. The only change to make them a little more kid friendly was to use square chocolate covered cookies instead of the chocolate square.
Thank you again!!

May 14, 2009 08:54 PM
ModernMom said...

This may be one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen~

May 15, 2009 12:41 AM
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