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

Bakerella said...

Jaime – Yes. candy coating is like chocolate bark. But the candy melts come in other colors besides chocolate and vanilla. The round things are mini M&Ms.

May 15, 2009 03:13 AM
Erin said...

I’m about to make these bad boys for my grad party tomorrow! Wish me luck!

May 15, 2009 09:20 PM
MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Very cute! :-)You really do see outside the box :-)

Oh Bakerella, I’m so happy to say my very first attempt of the cake balls is a success! I steamed the cake cause I’m not used to cooking in the oven LoL.

Chocolate Cake Balls Link Thank You, Thank You

May 16, 2009 12:34 PM
sharonw05 said...

I made these for my BFF’s daughter’s graduation party. Her school’s colors were green and gold, so I used the green and yellow strip of airhead candy (I didn’t cut them apart–I was afraid they would be too thick, but they looked great!). I just used a regular sized chocolate chip on top of the hat, since I couldn’t find the different color ones. Everyone RAVED about them, and I shared your website address so they could make their own! I need to see how far Tucker is from Powder Springs–that cake store you posted about looks AMAZING–and I don’t think there is anything like that any closer to me, LOL!

May 17, 2009 08:02 PM
Anonymous said...

These turned out great! A tip-since I couldn’t find Godiva, I searched for an alternative and found it in a bag of Hershey’s Cacao Reserve at Walmart. The squares are individually packaged and I used the milk choc to match the Reese’s pb cups. Also, since time was short, I didn’t bother with the popsicle stick. So fun. Thanks Bakerella! -Andra

May 17, 2009 08:20 PM
dedwards said...

made these for my son’s graduation open house and they were a HUGE hit:) everyone thought they were super clever and cute and of course, delicious. thanks so much!

May 18, 2009 02:22 AM
Anonymous said...

These are adorable! I may have to make some for my graduation party. Thanks so much for the idea. :)

May 18, 2009 09:33 PM
kathy55439 said...

wish I lived closer to my step daughter I would make them for her party

May 20, 2009 01:57 AM
Sarah said...

These are amazing!!!! literally and so cute too. I wouldn’t want to eat them just keep them forever.

May 20, 2009 09:40 AM
Tara said...

Okay, I just made these and they turned out SOO cute! I changed a few things though – I used milk chocolate squares from Hershey (because they were cheaper) and because I couldn’t find those sour belts, I cut strips of a yellow fruit rollup and used that. They turned out great and I can’t wait to see what people think at my brother’s graduation party on Friday! Thanks Bakerella :)

May 20, 2009 02:49 PM
umama said...

I love this!!!I wish I found this last week when I was trying to find soemthing to make for a grad party I went to! So cute!!!

May 20, 2009 03:17 PM
~Dana said...

Seriously amazing!

May 20, 2009 04:49 PM
Nance said...

I made these for my husband’s college graduation last weekend. He’s 31 and getting his Bachelor’s degree so while he didn’t want a big deal made, he did appreciate his family throwing him a tiny little party and making it into the big deal it should be. And my mother-in-law now thinks I’m brilliant (I gave you all credit, of course, but she has no idea about you… yet). Thanks.

May 20, 2009 09:28 PM
M-Dub said...

Hi there!
I totally want to make the cake ball ones for my cousins graduation…and actually need the blue ones just like you made…where can I find that color of candy melts? The ones on amazon were a very light blue!
thank you!!

May 21, 2009 06:15 PM
Oh_mama said...

These are so cute! I had a blast making them (something I can rarely say when I’m in the kitchen – haha). Thanks for sharing this idea! I just finished a batch for my friend’s graduation party. It will give me a chance to show my artistic friend that I can be creative, too :)

May 21, 2009 09:25 PM
stylefyles said...

Love this project…I made them too…you can check how mine came out and the *slight* adjustments I made at

Thanks for the inspiration!

May 23, 2009 01:01 AM
Seanna Lea said...

I just made these and they are sticking in florist foam in my fridge. I was running out of chocolate, so I ‘glued’ everything on with a little bit of corn syrup.

I couldn’t find the airheads candy you found, so I used these rainbow twizzlers, cut them along one of the grooves and then used a pizza cutter to cut them into strips. Not quite as attractive as yours, but still worked pretty well!

May 23, 2009 05:47 PM
katie said...

Hi Bakerella, I’ve been tuning into your blog for a few good months now and thought it was so great that you made the graduation caps – I had just googled that idea on another site a day before you posted! I wanted to share with you my results :-) thanks for being such an inspiration! (oh, and I so used your reese’s freezer tip – thanks!)


May 24, 2009 04:15 AM
Lynn said...

I am so glad I scrolled down to catch up on my reading!!! I LOVE THESE!!!! My friend is having a graduation party for her daughter and these are PERFECT!!!! Thanks for such a great idea!

May 24, 2009 01:12 PM
Barbara said...

I made the grad caps and used in centerpiece I cut out w Cricut…too cute…everyone loved the look and the taste…thanks for the amazing idea! B

May 25, 2009 10:16 AM
Mary Martha said...

Thanks for the great idea! I made them for my brothers graduation. Got so many compliments and they tasted great!
I used cut Hershey bar squares (cheaper and couldn’t find the Godiva).Thanks!!

May 25, 2009 10:57 PM
Melissa said...

After seeing these on your web site, I just had to make them for my daughters graduation, and boy were they a hit. Everyone thought they were so cute, but that they tasted even better. Thanks for all the good ideas!

May 26, 2009 12:51 AM
Anonymous said...

I made these for a party, not only did my 19 year old Brother LOVE them… but I have been asked to make them again for upcoming Graduation parties. I love your blog, I’m a big fan. Thanks for taking the time to give us these beautiful new ideas.

May 26, 2009 04:35 PM
Cory said...

i just wanted to say how much i love your site. I get hungry every time i come here (which isn’t a good thing sometimes!! lol) love the graduation caps. my sister is graduating tomorrow from a university and i would love to make this for her. how fun!

May 27, 2009 06:11 PM
Rebecca E said...

I love these my sister graduated this year so the night before her party I stayed up until 3:30 making 50+ grad caps. I just used hershey’s chocolate for the top I just broke two pieces together and I used melted hershey’s chocolate chips to glue everything together so all the chocolate was consistant. Everyone kept coming up to me and telling me how fabulous they were. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

May 28, 2009 02:27 PM
Bakerella said...

M-Dub – here you go.

Hey y'all! Glad you are rocking these caps. They all look great. Glad your grads loved them, too.

May 29, 2009 04:11 AM
LWK said...

What a fantastic idea! I made a cupcake version of them for my husband’s graduation this Spring. Plz feel free to view the pic at my blog:
Thank you so much for posting!

June 1, 2009 03:30 PM
Andrea said...

SO CUTE! Me and my sister just did them for a graduation party!! They turned out great. Thanks for the awesome idea :)

June 3, 2009 06:10 AM
Vanessa said...

These are absolutely adorable!!

June 4, 2009 06:14 PM
Jen said...

Great idea! My mom and I are making this this weekend for my sisters graduation, and I can't wait to get started. Thanks for sharing such wonderful instructions!

June 5, 2009 01:22 PM
TrendyBrandyKids said...

Thank you so much! i think it's a great idea!!!! I would like to try…

June 8, 2009 01:55 PM
Jessica said...

I actually made these for my husband's cousin's graduation. I did the milk chocolate and reese cups with red string on them. I was amazed at how much of the sour string was in each package. I ended up making about 50. They were a huge hit! Now everyone is asking what is going on for the fourth of July! so if you have any ideas, i would appreciate it!

June 10, 2009 01:58 AM
Jessica said...

Oh also, since I am on an all liquid diet (I know it's like punishment to make candies while dieting), I used a tooth pick dipped in the milk chocolate to fill in the cracks of the reese cup. Looked just as if they came from the facorty! Thanks for your rockin' ideas!

June 10, 2009 01:59 AM
Stephanie said...

So creative! I'm in awe. Thanks for sharing this idea. :)

June 14, 2009 09:47 PM
mblewitt said...

I'm graduating high school this year, and am I having a party afterwards. I knew I'd be making cupcakes(it's gotten to the point where my friends expect them) but I needed something else. I wracked my brains but couldn't think of anything graduation-related. Then my friend sent me a link here and I had my answer. Everyone will be so impressed! Thank you!

June 16, 2009 02:25 PM
Lynn said...

Thank you for such a great idea!! I made these for a graduation party this past Saturday and they were a big hit!!! Here is my post abt it
but I have to apologize for at first thanking you on my blog. I went back in to edit in your blog and the post for the hats. I was so excited abt actually finishing them that I forgot to give credit where credit was due (I did give you credit in a previous post, but wanted to make sure it was there with the picture)
Thanks again for a great idea! Now I need to try your cake pops!

June 18, 2009 02:45 AM
Zoe :) said...

Can you make these with cheese cake on the inside like your cheese cake pops?


June 19, 2009 12:46 AM
ChristinaViering said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks!

June 21, 2009 02:48 PM
Bakerella said...

Guys – your cap pops look great

Zoe – yes you can

June 22, 2009 01:53 PM
shirl said...

Hi there! I MADE THESE for my daughter's kindergarten graduation! Check it out if you get a chance. Thanks for the great idea, you're awesome!

June 23, 2009 06:06 AM
tewks said...

I made these great grad hats for my children's classes. They were a huge hit! On my second batch I tried to use Walmart brand peanut butter cups as I had to make 75. They taste as good as Reeses BUT do not work well at all. The cups kept cracking when I put the pop sticks in.
I had so many compliments on them…Thank you very much for the great idea!


June 23, 2009 11:28 PM
MELD said...

These are cute! Should I store them in the fridge the night before I am using them? What is the most effective way to store these??

June 29, 2009 07:29 PM
Bakerella said...

You can, but don't have to if you wrap them in little treat bags.

June 30, 2009 01:56 AM
treasuringthemoments said...

My son is going through an 8th grade graduation next week. I've got these down to make for the occasion. Thanks for the great idea. They look quick and easy and I need that.

July 11, 2009 01:38 PM
Amelia said...

These look so amazing! I love peanut butter cups! I really want to make these for my class at the end of the year, but I can’t find the “tassels”. What can I use instead of them?

Love you’re blog!

October 14, 2009 06:10 AM
bakerella said...

You can try licorice.

October 18, 2009 04:51 PM
amy said...

these are so cute.. imma make some for graduation!
but its all about that c/o 2010

November 18, 2009 01:40 PM
michelle said...

where can I get the royal blue baking chips??? That is my son’s school color and the site you have linked for them are a different blue than what you did yours in.

November 19, 2009 09:38 AM
bakerella said...

michelle – you can get colored candy melts at craft stores.

November 25, 2009 06:25 PM
Elizabeth said...

I just found your website today, and I am making notes as to what I will copy of yours this weekend. You are super talented.

November 26, 2009 01:11 PM
Barbara said...

How many days in advance can you make them?

December 10, 2009 10:58 PM
Angie said...

I have to make these for my daughters friends Graduation party only I will use their school colors Black and Yellow.

January 29, 2010 03:11 PM
bakerella said...

Barbara – several days.

February 3, 2010 09:50 PM
Sisi said...

Thank you for great Ideas, manny things are so easy to make… You are Great.
Regards from Puebla

February 4, 2010 02:42 PM
Maddie said...

Oh my goodness! You make some of the cutest things I have ever seen and these are up there with the top! I will be making these for sure…most likely for my sons 5th grade graduation. Thanks for the FABULOUS idea!!

February 24, 2010 10:39 PM
maggie said...

Hi bakerella! I’m planning on making these for my sisters graduation and I was wondering if it would work if I just filled the cups with chocolate rather then inserting the cake balls. Sorry if this is a silly question but it seems like everytime I try to change one of your recipes I mess it up. Thanks!

March 21, 2010 11:14 PM
Amy said...

Can these be made ahead and stored in the freezer? If so, how long?

March 28, 2010 11:29 PM
kelly said...

they were soooooooooooooo good

March 30, 2010 07:05 PM
Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

So clever and soooo cute! I’m definitely saving this one :)

March 31, 2010 09:07 AM
Melissa said...

I Love this Idea! my mom is graduating from college in May and I will surprise her with these cuties!

March 31, 2010 12:06 PM
Patty Martinez said...

Wow! I just “stumbled” across your blog looking for graduation party favors! These are adorable and doable!! I will def. be making these for my daughter’s upcoming graduation party.
I’m so happy I found your blog.

April 6, 2010 04:20 PM
Lorie said...

All I can say is DITTO! (to all the previous comments :)

May 4, 2010 02:18 PM
Jenni said...

I just made the chocolate ones for college graduation! They’re adorable, and they were really easy to make! Thanks for the idea!

May 10, 2010 08:31 PM
Kim Skouras said...

wow, the creativity! I am humbled by it. I tried making cake pops – mine weren’t as cute but I am going to keep on trying until I get it right!

May 13, 2010 06:27 PM
anonymous said...

i love themmm they were soooooooooooooo yummy. your so good at making stuff yummy and simple

May 18, 2010 05:10 PM
The Fairy said...

Awesome as usual!

May 18, 2010 06:44 PM
Shawn said...

Will the Ghiradelli chocolate squares work?

May 20, 2010 04:49 PM
Carrie Aylor said...

You are Awsome Thank You soooo much for your Awsome crafty ideas with food….. My son’s class will love these! :)

May 26, 2010 11:01 AM
Amy said...

So I’m attempting both of these tonight for my brother and cousin’s graduation party!

June 4, 2010 06:01 PM
Jen said...

I just made these but instead i used m&ms instead of the sprinkles since i couldnt find those and i couldnt find the extreme sour belts anywhere so my tassles look a bit weird cause they wont hang down correctly i had to use these sour straw things that i thought would work fine. i live in anaheim,ca do u know anywhere that would have the extreme sour belts??? the twizzlers i got didnt work either

June 7, 2010 12:29 AM
Shannon said...

I made these for my sister’s graduation and they were a HIT! Great idea!!!

June 11, 2010 01:14 AM
Judy said...

Made the pops for my son and daughter’s double graduation party. Did different color tassels for each school. They were the hit of the party!! People couldn’t believe I made them.

June 13, 2010 04:00 PM
eb said...

love them!

June 13, 2010 09:53 PM
Ashley said...

I made this last weekend for my friends graduation and they were the hit of the party!!! I used milk chocolate-caramel Ghirardelli squares and Juicy Fruit gum cut into strips for the tassel.

June 14, 2010 04:57 PM
hanouf said...

awwwwh i love it soo much
my graduation this year :D:D
hnoofa from saudi arabia :D

June 16, 2010 01:55 PM
Anonymous said...

OMG!!! these are AWESOME!! but im about a year late

July 4, 2010 01:59 PM
Vandana said...

About a month ago, one of my fellow employees graduated from college. A while earlier, i had made cake bites to share. she loved them and asked me to make some for her party, so i used the cake bite method. instead of using store bought chocolate squares, i made my own tops by melting (but not completely) chocolate and using a square fondant cutter because i didn’t have time to buy online. i had covered the edges in sprinkles, they looked and tasted great. for the tassels, i still used the airhead extremes, but i made smaller strips halfway. these were the hit of the party!!!

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Madeline said...

OK- I am 11 years old and I can make these. They are soooooo easy and my cousin is graduating this year! What a cute way to say Congrats!!!!!!!

October 2, 2010 12:09 PM
MCS gal said...

World Market is a GREAT store. My daughter once liked this toy she found there so much that I got it for her for Xmas. :D

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